Helpful Programs for People Suffering from Addiction
Helping addicts find, and keep, their sobriety
Paying Heroin Addicts to Get Vaccinated
A study conducted in Britain, published in the Lancet and picked up by The New York Times, indicated that paying addicts $50 to have three injections a month for protection against hepatitis B works better than two other incentives. (One group was offered free shots, and another, grocery vouchers.) Eighty percent of the group that did the best even showed up on time. One of the researchers said that it costs less to pay heroin addicts to get vaccinated than to treat liver disease. Thomas McLellan, an expert in addiction at the Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia, said that we might not want to think of healthcare so commercially, but it could help the goal of “broad acceptance and use of cost-effective prevention initiatives.”
Below are three more programs that function as support groups, as well as helping those in recovery in other ways:
This running organization has numerous locations, but in this MSN video, a man in the Baltimore chapter discusses how his life has changed now that he’s in recovery, and how this group helps. His new high is running and working out, he says, and he never wants to go back to the “ruthless things” he did while using. It’s not just about running, he says, he appreciates the group support, too. One of the organizers says running is the starting point to get those in recovery back into society, and even to getting them interested in the education they never got because of their addiction.
Kicking the Habit in Maine
This program “pushes inmates to overcome behavior and addiction,” according to the title of the MSN video. As shown on WMTV, Maine has a unique program, a CARA (Criminogenic Addiction & Recovery Academy) 5-week, intensive course that helps inmates think differently about criminal activities and substance abuse and overcome their addiction. More than 100 inmates have taken the course since its inception in 2010. The idea is to “stop the revolving door.” The TV segment didn’t explain the program, however; I had to go to the website to learn more. It’s intense, seems well-thought out, has help from addiction experts, and seems instructive for any town wanting to help substance abusers who land in jail.
It looks, from the entries on the web, that there are numerous organizations with this name around the country, yet from what I could tell, Artists in Recovery doesn’t seem to be a national organization. The TV segment I saw on MSN was a KETV broadcast about a group in Omaha that helps recovering artists express themselves in music, poetry and art. The program opened with a once-homeless flautist talking about how rediscovering his music gave him peace. Like the first two groups I’ve listed, this group’s members found support by sharing with others in recovery, according to one of its painters. He was interviewed at a gallery where members were participating in a show called Finding a Voice. The organization’s next goal is to have artists in the community work with the artists in recovery. My one complaint is that the title of the MSN video, Artists Find Method to Recover From Addiction, seems misleading. Don’t you doubt they recovered from picking up a flute or a paintbrush alone, as the title signifies? Wouldn’t it be nice if recovery were so easy. I think the headline writer meant Artists Find Method to Support Their Recovery From Addiction.