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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
September/October 2009, Volume 17, Number 5 

Recognizing Recovery

Today when you say “recovery,” people know what you mean. What began as a small, good idea more than two decades ago has grown into a national movement with multiple partners—including the media, workplaces, community coalitions, and Recovery Month planning partners—and a simple but profound message: “Recovery is the expectation.”

The recovery movement is reaching people at home, in the workplace, and in the community. At home, we reach families as they watch TV or access Facebook and YouTube on the Internet. The workplace also provides a venue in which to reach people. Data from SAMHSA’s recently released National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) show that 72 percent of current illicit drug users 18 or older are employed either full or part time. SAMHSA’s programs and Web site offer workplaces recent data, prevention messages, and information about treatment options. In the community, SAMHSA’s grant programs expand capacity and encourage reliable support services.

photo of Dr. Eric B. Broderick, Acting SAMHSA Administrator

Dr. Eric B. Broderick, Acting SAMHSA Administrator. Dr. Broderick’s message is related to the cover story.

The entertainment industry and media have a profound impact on health knowledge and behavior. Nearly two-thirds of regular viewers report learning something new about health from TV shows, and one-third of viewers take action on what they learn. The entertainment industry, in collaboration with SAMHSA, is using its unique and powerful talents not only to entertain, but also to educate and influence audiences by taking time to create accurate depictions of substance abuse and mental illnesses.

Our work is paying off! Recent NSDUH data show significant decreases from 2002 to 2008 in illicit drug use by youth age 12 to 17. Alcohol use among this age group was significantly lower in 2008 compared with 2004. These declining rates of alcohol use among the youngest participants in the survey may be a leading indicator of an emerging pattern. Cigarette smoking among youth is also on a decline.

These findings are a result of work done in America’s living rooms and classrooms, in churches and synagogues, in the workplace, and in our neighborhoods. Families, schools, communities, and faith-based organizations are shaping the character of young people, and these youth are increasingly making healthy choices.

SAMHSA will continue reaching out to people everywhere, enhancing prevention, treatment, and support services, and acknowledging every step towards recovery.


  Cover Story & Related Articles  
Recovery: A Philosophy of Hope and Resilience

Recovery: A Philosophy of Hope and Resilience




  Treatment Updates  
Treating Alcohol Disorders with Medication

Treating Alcohol Disorders with Medication

A set of guidelines for use of effective medications, such as naltrexone.

Guidance for Change

Guidance for Change

Substance abuse treatment programs: Here’s a way to integrate evidence-based practices into their services.

Treating Opioid Addiction

Treating Opioid Addiction

Three new educational brochures for patients on medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction are available.


  Suicide Awareness  
Dealing with Suicide Loss

Dealing with Suicide Loss

To help support survivors of suicide loss, a new guide for funeral directors.

National Study on Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors

National Study on Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors

Nearly 8.3 million adults had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year.


  Grants  
Recent Awards

Recent Awards

Millions of dollars in SAMHSA funding is heading to state and community programs.

Tips on Writing a Winning Proposal

Tips on Writing a Winning Proposal

Boost your chances of crafting a winning grant proposal by following an expert’s advice.


  Communications  
Highlights of Recent Conference

Highlights of Recent Conference

New ways to engage partners and the public in improving health through an ongoing dialogue.

Strategic Communications Framework

Public health practice aligns with evidence-based communications to help establish “a common language.”


  Recovery Month  
Recovery Month Launched

Recovery Month Launched

20th anniversary events across the country marked this year’s celebrations, which included a march across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Photo Gallery

SAMHSA’s Dr. Westley Clark, Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, joined other VIPs to celebrate.


  New Survey Data  
National Survey Shows Overall Drug Use Steady at 8 Percent

National Survey Shows Overall Drug Use Steady at 8 Percent

Among 12- to 17-year-olds, a significant decline was reported in past-month illicit drug use.


  Prevention Update  
FASD Awareness Day

FASD Awareness Day

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day emphasized the message, “If you’re pregnant, don’t drink alcohol.”


  Special Populations  

Hispanics

An annual average of 2.6 million Hispanics age 12 or older needed alcohol use treatment in the past year.

American Indians

A recent report examines the 335 identified facilities serving the American Indian and Alaska Native population in 2007.

Race and Ethnicity

New data focus on the need for treatment for substance use and depression among adults age 18 or older by race/ethnicity.


  Also in this Issue  
Statistics on Mental Health Groups

Statistics on Mental Health Groups

Of the 28.8 million adults who received mental health treatment in the past year, about 5.5 percent also received support from a self-help group.

Science and Service Awards

Science and Service Awards

Categories for this year’s awards to 27 organizations included substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery support services, and more.

GlassBook Project

GlassBook Project

Trauma awareness through art was the topic of a recent presentation as part of SAMHSA’s Consumer Affairs Seminar Series.



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