Sunday, December 26, 2010

Substance Abuse 411 #23-Sober24-Tom Sharp-Web Content Editor

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Substance Abuse 411-#23-Sober 24-Tim Sharp-Web Content Editor

We live in a "connected" world. By that I mean because of such things as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and so many other social media sites, millions of people now share their lives with family and friends on a daily basis. Now, those that are working on their sobriety have a site dedicated to them-Sober24.

Sober24, a service of the Hazelden Foundation, provides an online fellowship for people who are sharing the journey of recovery from addiction and compulsive behaviors.

There are discussion sections, real live-time chats, recovery tools, a book club and Sober Fuse, an online recovery tool to help you track your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly progress in sobriety.

Substance Abuse 411 chats with Tim Sharp, Web Content Editor for Sober24 to get an in-depth understanding of this outstanding online substance abuse sobriety resource.

Website:               www.sober24.com

Get Help Now:       866-220-3089

CASAStart Youth Program

Oakland Family Services

Narcotics Anonymous

“Slaying the Addiction Monster"

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Substance Abuse 411 #22-CASAStart-Lawrence Murray-VP/Director of Youth Programs National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse-Columbia University

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Substance Abuse 411-#22-CASAStart-Lawrence Murray-VP and Director of Youth Programs

Most discussions on substance abuse center on treatment. In this Substance Abuse 411 we look at a program that focuses on the prevention side, especially with at-risk young people.

Larry Murray, Vice President and Director of Youth Programs with the National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University gives us insight into their innovative CASAStart program in this conversation.

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Website:      www.CASAStart.org

Telephone:   212-841-5200

Current state of substance abuse and treatment in United States

Maplegrove Youth Substance Abuse Program

National Association for Children of Alcoholics

Families Against Narcotics

Friday, December 17, 2010

Substance Abuse 411 #21-The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University-Susan Foster

Substance Abuse 411#21-The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University-Sue Foster

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The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University is the only nation-wide organization that brings together under one roof all the professional disciplines needed to study and combat abuse of all substances – alcohol, nicotine as well as illegal, prescription and performance enhancing drugs – in all sectors of society.

Founded in 1992 by Former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Joseph A. Califano, Jr., the nonprofit organization aims to inform Americans of the economic and social costs of substance abuse and its impact on their lives, as well as, remove the stigma of substance abuse and replace shame and despair with hope. Substance abuse is our nation’s number one health problem and a major player in the many social problems our nation faces. The good news is that addiction is a preventable and treatable disease.

Substance Abuse 411 talks with Susan Foster, Vice President and Director of Policy Research and Analysis with CASA.  We discuss the current state of substance abuse in America and its treatment.

Website: www.CASAColumbia.org

Innovative CASAStart youth prevention program

Michigan Bureau of Substance Abuse & Addiction Services

Henry Ford-Maplegrove-West Bloomfield, Michigan

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Substance Abuse 411 #20-Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center-Grady Wilkinson

Substance Abuse 411-#20-Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center-Grady Wilkinson

Sacred HeartSacred Heart is a behavioral healthcare organization with a 40 year legacy of serving those with the greatest need and the fewest resources. Their passion for and commitment to charitable service of the highest quality mark them as unique and special.

Sacred Heart provides an extensive array of behavioral health services including substance use disorder prevention and treatment, mental illness treatment, HIV/AIDS prevention and care management. Their integrated continuum of substance use disorder treatment services feature a blend of professional therapeutic techniques with the principles of the 12-Step movement and include detoxification, residential and outpatient services. They also offer a full continuum of specialized services for women, including women who must bring children into treatment with them, including residential, outpatient, case management and transitional housing. Finally, Sacred Heart offers a variety of medication assisted treatment options for individuals addicted to opiate

On this Substance Abuse 411, we talk with President/CEO Grady Wilkinson about the start of the organization, where it is today and the substance abuse work it is doing in many communities.

Website: www.SacredHeartCenter.com

Phone:   888-807-7472

Grace Centers of Hope-Pontiac, Michigan

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries-Detroit, Michigan

Mel Trotter Ministries-Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dawn Farm-Ann Arbor, Michigan

Friday, December 3, 2010

Substance Abuse 411 #19-National Association for Children of Alcoholics-Sis Wenger

Substance Abuse 411 #19-National Association for Children of Alcoholics-Sis Wenger

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Once again our discussion on Substance Abuse 411 is not about the substance abuser but their mostly overlooked victim, the children.

Substance Abuse 411 chats with Sis Wenger the President of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics. She tells us just how deeply children of substance abusers are affected by a disease they themselves do not have and what, if any, programs are available to combat this problem.

Website: www.nacoa.org

Children’s program at Maplegrove-West Bloomfield, Michigan

Adolescent Substance Abuse

Oakland County 6th District Juvenile Drug Court-Pontiac, Michigan

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Substance Abuse 411 #18-Mel Trotter Ministries-Paul Carmichael

Substance Abuse 411 #18-Mel Trotter Ministries-Paul Carmichael

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For 110 years, Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids, Michigan has provided help to the community.

From a homeless shelter, to substance abuse programs, food pantry and much more, Mel Trotter Ministries has lived up to its mission statement which is "Mel Trotter Ministries exists to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ toward the hungry, homeless and hurting of the Grand Rapids area."

Substance Abuse 411 chats with Paul Carmichael, Director of Recovery and Shelter Programs at Mel Trotter Ministries about the organization's in-depth substance abuse program.

On the web:  www.MelTrotter.org

Telephone:   616-454-8249

Grace Centers of Hope-Pontiac, Michigan

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries-Detroit, Michigan

Dawn Farm-Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Substance Abuse 411 #17-Children’s Program-Henry Ford Maplegrove-Betty Conger

Substance Abuse 411 #17-Children's Program-Henry Ford Maplegrove-Betty Conger

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We've discussed adult and adolescent substance abuse on this program.  We've heard about help for adults coping with the substance abuse problem of a loved one. A group that is often overlooked is the children of substance abusers or the siblings of an abuser.

Henry Ford Maplegrove has a program for such children.  Betty Conger heads it up and talks with us on Substance Abuse 411 about why the program is needed and their approach to helping these vulnerable children.

Website:  http://www.HenryFord.com/Maplegrove

Email: MCE_CP@HFHS.org

Telephone: 248-661-6170

CASAStart Youth Program

National Association for Children of Alcoholics

Oakland Family Services-Michigan

Oakland County 6th Circuit Juvenile Drug Court-Michigan

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Substance Abuse 411 #16-Adolescent Substance Abuse-Robin Walsh-Henry Ford Maplegrove

Substance Abuse 411 #16-Adolescent Substance Abuse-Robin Walsh-Henry Ford Maplegrove

bodyheader_maplegroveDo you remember the "Just say no to drugs" campaign?  What if I told you that your son or daughter also needs to say "no" to such things as nutmeg, cough medicine and even the compressed can of air you use to clean your computer!

Robin Walsh, Certified Advanced Addiction Counselor at Henry Ford Maplegrove in West Bloomfield, Michigan talks to Substance Abuse 411 about those items and much more as we discuss adolescent substance addiction.

Henry Ford Behavioral Health - Maplegrove Center
6773 West Maple Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
(248) 661-6100

Website-Henry Ford Maplegrove

National Association for Children of Alcoholics

CASAStart Youth Prevention Program

Dawn Farm-Ann Arbor, Michigan

Families Against Narcotics

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Substance Abuse 411 #15-Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries-Dr. Chad Audi-President

Substance Abuse 411#15-Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries-Dr. Chad Audi

drmm-blog-logo-2The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, one of the largest organizations of its type in the country, helps over 1400 individuals a day. It provides a variety of programs aimed at rebuilding lives "one life at a time". Their programs include emergency shelters, medical detox unit, residential substance abuse treatment programs, transitional housing programs, teen mom's program, Veterans programs, mental health programs, permanent housing and apartments, emergency food programs, prevention programs for children and summer camp opportunities. They also provide educational, tutorial and vocational services.

Serving the community since 1909, Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries provides a million meals a year along with more than 160,000 nights of emergency shelter.

Substance Abuse 411 talks with DRMM President Dr. Chad Audi about the organization’s outreach, especially in the area of substance abuse.

You can contact the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries by phone at 313-993-4700 or find them online at www.DRMM.org

Direct download: Substance_Abuse_411-15-Detroit_Rescue_Mission_Ministries-Dr_Chad_Audi.mp3 

Grace Centers of Hope-Pontiac, Michigan

Mel Trotter Ministries-Grand Rapids, Michigan

Care of Macomb-Macomb, Michigan

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Substance Abuse 411 #14-Oakland Family Services-Erika Alexander

Substance Abuse 411 #14-Oakland Family Services-Erika Alexander

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Oakland Family Services is a private, non-profit, human services agency which has been serving families and children in Southeastern Michigan for over 89 years. They serve more than 43,000 children, adolescents, and adults every year. 

Substance Abuse 411 talks with Erika Alexander, Lead Clinical Manager, about Oakland Family Services wide-ranging Behavioral Health Services that cover adolescents, adults and families.

You can find them on the web at www.oaklandfamilyservices.org

They have four offices in Oakland County.

Pontiac—248-858-7766  

Berkley—248-544-4004

Walled Lake-- 248-624-3811   

Rochester Hills—248-853-0750

CARE of Macomb-Macomb County, Michigan

Michigan Bureau of Substance Abuse & Addiction Services

Families Anonymous

Monday, October 18, 2010

Substance Abuse 411 #13-Oakland County Sixth Circuit Drug Court-Jacqueline Howes-Evanson

Substance Abuse 411 #13-Oakland County Sixth Circuit Drug Treatment Court-Jacqueline Howes-Evanson

Oakland County Michigan Sixth Circuit Court has taken a pro-active stance on substance abuse by establishing both a juvenile and adult Drug Court.

This court uses alternative judicial proceedings for chemically abusing or dependent, non-violent adult offenders.  Its juvenile program, Options, is a four-phase intervention program for repeat, non-violent offenders who are having difficulty staying clean and sober.

Substance Abuse 411 finds out more about this innovative program from Jacqueline Howes-Evanson the Drug Treatment Court Supervisor.

For more information on Adult Court go to http://www.oakgov.com/circuit/division_committee/adult-treatment.html

For more information on Juvenile Drug Treatment Court go to http://www.oakgov.com/circuit/program_service/options.html

CASAStart Prevention Program

National Association for Children of Alcoholics

Adolescent Substance Abuse in Michigan

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Substance Abuse 411 #12-CARE of Macomb-Kathy Rager

Substance Abuse 411 #12-CARE of Macomb-Kathy Rager

 

Care_Logo CARE is an agency that promotes the empowerment of individuals and families through relationships with schools, businesses, public services and other community based organizations. Solution-focused programs and activities are designed to strengthen individuals in their role as employees, students and as family members. CARE’s skilled and credentialed staff works with community members to prevent and respond to real life issues including the misuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

Substance Abuse 411 finds out more about this Macomb County Michigan organization as we talk with CARE's Executive Director Kathy Rager.

To contact CARE call 586-541-0033 or go online at www.CAREofMacomb.com.

Oakland Family Services-Oakland, Michigan

Grace Centers of Hope-Pontiac, Michigan

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries-Detroit, Michigan

Mel Trotter Ministries-Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dawn Farm-Ann Arbor, Michigan

Scared Heart Rehabilitation Centers-Michigan

Friday, October 1, 2010

Substance Abuse 411 #11-Grace Centers of Hope-Darren Weiss

Substance Abuse 411 #11-Grace Centers of Hope-Darren Weiss

GCH tagline TM Since 1942, Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac, Michigan has been serving those in need. It has since grown and evolved into the largest and oldest faith-based outreach to homeless and disadvantaged individuals and families. Grace Centers of Hope (GCH) provides a full recovery and rehabilitation campus for homeless men, women and children who have been abused or addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.

Substance Abuse 411 talks with the COO of Recovery Programs at Grace Centers of Hope Darren Weiss about the organization and its programs that have helped thousands over the years.

To find out more, go to www.GraceCentersofHope.org or call them at 248-334-2187

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries-Detroit, Michigan

Mel Trotter Ministries-Grand Rapids, Michigan

Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Centers-Michigan

Dawn Farm-Ypsilanti-Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Substance Abuse 411-#10-Michigan Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Services-Deborah Hollis

Substance Abuse 411 #10-Michigan Bureau of Substance Abuse & Addiction Services-Deborah Hollis

In this Substance Abuse 411, we find out about the Michigan Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Services which is part of the broader Michigan Department of Community Health.

Bureau Director Deborah Hollis tells us what the mandate of the Bureau is, what programs are available to the citizens of Michigan and just how big the substance abuse problem is in the state.

To find out more after listening to this conversation go to www.Michigan.gov/MDCH and then click on the link for Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

Direct download: Substance_Abuse_411-10-Michigan_Bureau_of_Substance_Abuse__Addiction_Services-Deborah_Hollis.mp3

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Substance Abuse 411-#9-Dawn Farm-Ann Byberg

Substance Abuse 411 #9-Dawn Farm-Anna Byberg

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In this Substance Abuse 411 conversation I talk with Anna Byberg the Project Manager of Dawn Farm in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Dawn Farm is an actual working farm but that is just the beginning.  The organization has built a substance abuse recovery program that I feel is second to none.

Listen and learn about the various programs that Dawn Farm has and how they can help you or a loved one as they fight the disease of substance abuse.

You can contact Dawn Farm via phone at 734-485-8725 or find more information online at www.DawnFarm.org.

Direct download: Substance_Abuse_411-9-Dawn_Farm-Anna_Byberg.mp3

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Substance Abuse 411-#8-Narcotics Anonymous-Julie

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On this Substance Abuse 411 chat, we talk to Julie a recovering substance abuser about Narcotics Anonymous.  You'll hear what NA is all about, how its meetings work, and how to find a NA meeting.
In Michigan, you can find a Narcotics Anonymous meeting in your area by going to www.Michigan-NA.org or by calling248-543-7200.  Nationally the website is www.NA.org.
Direct download: Substance_Abuse_411-8-Narcotics_Anonymous-Julie.mp3

 

Monday, August 23, 2010

Substance Abuse 411-#7-Families Anonymous with Tom

Substance Abuse 411-#7-Families Anonymous-Tom

Substance abuse not only affects the abuser but also the abuser’s family.  Many times family members become ill themselves as they try to “fix” the abuser.

Families Anonymous is an organization that helps family members to realize that they must take care of themselves first.

Tom tells us his story and how Families Anonymous has helped him and others live a better life through its 12 Step program.

To find out more about Families Anonymous including where you can find a local meeting simply go to www.FamiliesAnonymous.org.  Also check out Today a Better Way at www.TABW.org.

Direct download: Substance_Abuse_411-7-Tom-Families_Anonymous.mp3

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Substance Abuse 411-#6-Maplegrove-Deborah Gough-Clinical Supervisor

Tue, 10 August 2010

Substance Abuse 411-#6-Maplegrove-Deborah Gough-Clinical Supervisor


On this Substance Abuse 411 I talk with Deborah Gough, Clinical Supervisor/Behavioral Health at Maplegrove Center which is part of the Henry Ford Health System in metro Detroit.

Deborah is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a Masters in Counseling and Psychiatry. She’s worked in this area for 35 years and has spent the last 29 years at Maplegrove.

For more than 25 years, Henry Ford Maplegrove Center has been nationally recognized for excellence in addiction treatment for adults, adolescents and their families. Maplegrove has been named one of the top 100 centers for addiction care in the United States.

Located in West Bloomfield on a peaceful, wooded setting, the 50-bed residential center was opened in February 1981 with a dedication by former, First Lady Betty Ford. More than just bricks and mortar, Maplegrove is a place where people help people and where people learn to help themselves.

To date, more than 40,000 people have been treated at Maplegrove. Our caring, knowledgeable and experienced staff can assist patients take the first steps toward establishing recovery from addiction.

To find out more about Maplegrove and the programs available there click on this link. Henry Ford Maplegrove Center. You can also call 248-661-6100.

Direct download: Substance_Abuse_411-6-Maplegrove-Deborah_Gough-Clinical_Supervisor.mp3

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Substance Abuse 411-#5-Author Sheryl McGinnis

Substance Abuse 411-#5-Author Sheryl McGinnis

 

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In this Substance Abuse 411 conversation I talk with Sheryl Letzgus McGinnis who has turned the loss of her son Scott into a passion for writing books on substance abuse.

Sheryl Letzgus McGinnis has written three books on drugs and addiction along with numerous articles both online and in print publications. The death of her youngest son, Scott, prompted her to write the books so that others might learn about addiction, to understand the disease, to realize they are not alone and to understand that good kids do drugs too, that addiction is a real, chronic relapsing disease and not a moral failing.

Her books are:

“I am your disease: The many faces of addiction”

“Slaying the Addiction Monster"

“The Addiction Monster and the Square Cat”

Sheryl is a member of the Parent Advisory Board of The Partnership for a Drug-Free America.  She and her husband have one living child. They live in Palm Bay, Florida and are owned by three spoiled rotten cats with a God complex.

Remembering Scott G. McGinnis, RN

Website:  www.TheAddictionMonster.com

Sober 24

Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center

Brighton Hospital-Dr. Mark Menestrina

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Substance Abuse 411-#4Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center-Mike Agaus

Substance Abuse 411-#4 Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center-Mike Agaus

In this conversation on Substance Abuse 411 I talk with Mike Agaus, the Intake Coordinator for the Salvation Army's Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitiation Center.

Mike tells us about the 6 month program which is for men, what the parameters are to get into it and how the program works.

Should you need help from the organization, they can be reached at 313-965-7760

Direct download: Substance_Abuse-411-4-Southeast_Michigan_Rehabilitation_Center-Mike_Agauas.mp3

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Substance Abuse 411-#3 Gambling Addiction-Mike Burke

Substance Abuse 411-#3 Gambling Addiction-Mike Burke

Did you know that many recovered addicts and alcoholics windup with a gambling addiction?  Mike Burke knows that first hand.

Mike was an attorney who defeated alcoholism in the lat 1970's only to become addicted to gambling.  That led him to embezzle funds from clients, spend three years in prison, and lose his law license.

In this Substance Abuse 411 conversation, I talk to Mike about his journey and how gambling is now replacing drugs and alcohol for many who have recovered from their disease.

Narcotics Anonymous

National Association on Addiction and Substance Abuse

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries

Brighton Hospital

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Substance Abuse 411-#2 Brighton Hospital and Dr. Mark Menestrina

Substance Abuse 411--#2 Brighton Hospital-Dr. Mark Menestrina

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In our second Substance Abuse 411 conversation, I talk with Dr. Mark Menestrina who is the Medical Director of the Detox Unit of Brighton Hospital in Brighton, Michigan.

Dr. Menestrina is also a board member of the Livonia Save Our Youth Task Force as well as the Building Better Families Through Action.

He is Board Certified in Family Practice and certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Our conversation covers exactly what Brighton Hospital is, its treatment program and Dr. Menestrina’s personal journey from substance abuse to being involved in the treatment of over 20,000 chemically dependent patients and their families.

For more information on Brighton Hospital go to www.BrightonHospital.org.

CASAStart at work in Kanabec County, MN

Narcotics Anonymous

National Center on Addiction & Substance Abuse

Grace Centers of Hope

Friday, March 12, 2010

Substance Abuse 411-#1 Families Against Narcotics

Substance Abuse 411--#1 Families Against Narcotics

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Welcome to the first installment of Substance Abuse 411.  In this inaugural show, I talk with Mark Rudolph who is a board member of Families Against Narcotics, an organization based in Fraser, Michigan.

Mark shares how FAN came into being after the death of his son to drug abuse in 2007 and what the organization is doing to help fight this growing problem in all of our communities.

You can learn more about Families Against Narcotics at www.familiesagainstnarcotics.com

Friday, January 22, 2010

A story of redemption for Miguel Cabrera

Robin Buckson/Detroit News You may or may not know the story of Detroit Tiger first baseman Miguel Cabrera. To sum it up quickly the night before the Tigers’ biggest game of the year last season, Cabrera found himself drinking heavily, got into a domestic situation with his wife and wound up in jail.  Full details of the story can be read here.(Detroit News)

Yes Cabrera has the financial resources to get the best treatment in the land but the real story is he used those resources realizing he had a huge problem and now seems to be a better man for it.  When I see this short video (click here) I see a man that is at peace with himself.

It reminds us what the Serenity Prayer means.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

Just remember, there is a path to a better life for everyone from the very poor to the very rich.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What is Substance Abuse 411?

This is my introduction of myself and what I hope Substance Abuse 411 will become.