Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#40-Peer Recovery Coaches-Mary Jo Mather-IC & RC

Substance Abuse 411-#40-Peer Recovery coaches-Mary Jo Mather-IC & RC


Possibly the greatest resource in substance abuse recovery are those that have walked the walk of addiction and now are sober. Now that resource is being tapped with the rapidly growing segment of Peer Recovery Coaches.

Peer Recovery Coaches use their personal experiences of recovery to facilitate and built resilience of persons with addiction, mental illness, or co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders.

Because of this growing area of work, the IC & RC is developing the first international credential process for Peer Recovery Coaches.

Substance Abuse 411 talks with Mary Jo Mather the Executive Director of the IC & RC about the credentialing process and exactly what a Peer Recovery Coach is.


What are Drug Courts and do they work?

Community Drug Abuse Education Programs

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#39-Bath Salts-Its Dangers and Prevention Effort-Kim Manlove-Co-chair Parents Advisory Board at The Partnership@DrugFree.Org

Substance Abuse 411-#39-Bath Salts-Its Dangers and Prevention Effort-Kim Manlove

kim manlove"Bath Salts" is not only the newest fad in the substance abuse world but also the hottest topic of discussion in communities all across the United States.

The discussion was ignited after a Florida incident where a man on Bath Salts tried to chew the face off of another person. That incident coupled with others that have come to light, have the public calling for bans of bath salts at all levels.

Kim Manlove, Co-chair of the Parents Advisory Board The and the Project Director/Program Development and Outreach at Fairbanks Treatment Center, helped form a law which is now in force in the state of Indiana.

Kim joins Substance Abuse 411 to talk about the incredible dangers of Bath Salts and the battle to get rid of this synthetic substance.


Synthetic Drugs-K2/Spice/Bath Salts

Marijuana Legalization and Effects on Youth

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#38-Legalization of Marijuana and the Impact on Children-Sue Rusche-National Families in Action

Substance Abuse 411-#38-Legalization of Marijuana and the Impact on Children-Sue Rusche-National Families in Action


The legalization of marijuana for personal use is either being discussed in many state legislatures or is being proposed by direct voter referendum.  Part of the discussion that is missing on legalization is just what affect this would have on children as has alcohol and tobacco..both legal products.

California voted down a ballot initiative to make personal marijuana use legal in 2010..but appears to be headed to a vote again in 2012.  Colorado and Washington also are looking at ballot initiatives this year.

Proponents say that state regulation will prevent underage use of marijuana but statistics show that states have not done a very good job of keeping alcohol and cigarettes from youth under the legal age of possession.

Substance Abuse 411 talks to Sue Rusche, President and CEO of National Families in Action, about this looming crisis and what safeguards should be put in place if indeed marijuana is legalized across the country and turns into the next alcohol or tobacco commercial industry.



Substance Abuse and Impact on Adolescent Brain

Bath Salts & K2

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#37-Help for Teens Struggling with Drugs, Alcohol and Crime-Susan Richardson-Reclaiming Futures

   Substance Abuse 411-#37-Reclaiming Futures-Susan Richardson


Historically, anyone that was charged with a substance abuse offense, whether it be a first time possession or a series of violations of the law, that person was put in jail and held there until their sentence was up or they were paroled.

During that incarceration, no treatment of the substance abuse problem and providing new life skills were offered to the offender. This meant they came out of jail sober but with no skills to cope with their addiction. This often led to a vicious cycle of returning to jail after release.

Reclaiming Futures looks to end that cycle for young persons and provide a way to become productive, sober persons in society.

Substance Abuse 411 talks with Susan Richardson, National Executive Director of Reclaiming Futures, about the organization, what it does, it's successes and how they could help in your community.


Pact 360-Partnership at Drug

K2 and Bath Salts

CASA Start Youth Program