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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
September/October 2008, Volume 16, Number 5 

Join the Voices for Recovery: Real People, Real Recovery

Recovery Month Testimonials

Two consumers spoke about their personal experiences with addiction to highlight this year’s Recovery Month theme, “Real People, Real Recovery.”

Candy Finnigan works as a drug and alcohol interventionist. A former alcoholic with more than 20 years of sobriety, she spoke about the importance of involving the entire family in recovery. “I've found that one addict affects 50 people,” she said. “Because this is a family disease, I start at the top.”

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Candy Finnigan

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Nathaniel Anderson

Echoing her sentiments was Nathaniel Anderson, a 24-year-old who started using alcohol and other drugs at age 13. Eventually, he became addicted to OxyContin, until he entered treatment. He has been in recovery since 2004.

For Mr. Anderson, it was the support he received from his family that allowed him to get well. He wanted to set a good example for his younger siblings and make his parents proud. “I show up for my family today,” he said. “I am a respected member of my community, my school, and my family.”

Recovery Month recognizes the accomplishments of people in recovery, the contributions of treatment providers, and advances in substance abuse treatment. This year’s theme, “Real People, Real Recovery,” highlights the people who have a renewed outlook on life thanks to treatment and long-term recovery.

Visit the Recovery Month Web site.


Grant Awards Announced

SAMHSA recently announced grant awards for programs related to children's mental health, suicide, drug-free communities, and others.

Grant Awards Update

  National Survey on Drug Use  
  and Health  

Youth Substance Use Declines

From the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, new national data show a drop in illicit drug use among youth and an increase in adult prescription drug misuse.

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Drugs and Youth: Chart Shows 2002 to 2007 Data

Marijuana, cocaine—changes in use of selected illicit drugs among youth, 2002 versus 2007.

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Recovery Month Testimonials

Two people relate their personal stories of addiction, recovery, and hope.

  Mental Health  
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Making Mental Health Services Accessible

Can primary care doctors help with mental health problems? New strategies to overcome barriers associated with reimbursement.

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Pros and Cons of Self-Disclosure

What are the risks and benefits of revealing a mental health problem to friends or coworkers?

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Bullying: Starting the Conversation

Bullies are out there—SAMHSA resources can help parents and educators address the problem.

  Substance Abuse  
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Mutual Support Groups: Fact Sheet for Providers

What do you know about mutual support groups? Providers can help connect clients with groups that help people achieve recovery.

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First-Time Versus Repeat Admissions

New SAMHSA data reveal characteristics of first-time and repeat admissions to substance abuse treatment.

SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices

Registry Posts 100th Evidence-Based Practice

NREPP reaches a milestone—find out how the Registry can link communities to interventions specific to their needs.

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