TIP 61: Behavioral Health Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives

TIP 61 provides behavioral health professionals with practical guidance about Native American history, historical trauma, and critical cultural perspectives in their work with American Indian and Alaska Native clients. The TIP discusses the demographics, social challenges, and behavioral health concerns of Native Americans. It highlights the importance of providers’ cultural awareness, cultural competence, and culture-specific…

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The recovery movement and its implications for policy, commissioning and practice

The recovery movement is not a homogenous phenomenon, with differing philosophies and approaches informing its evolution, and it can be seen as an uneasy alliance of abstinence and medication-based models, specific philosophies and theories (12-step and Therapeutic Communities) and between a diverse range of proponents including family members, people in recovery (or recovered), practitioners, policy…

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The Response of African American Communities to Addiction: An Opportunity for Treatment Providers

The closing decades of the twentieth century were marked by a rise in culturally indigenous responses to alcohol and other drug problems in the African American community and a consistent call for more culturally sensitive and competent addiction treatment services. This article provides a brief description of several indigenous recovery movements and discusses how addiction…

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Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery: A health-led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017-2025

Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery emphasizes a health-led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland, based on providing person-centered services that promote rehabilitation and recovery. A person-centered approach means giving people a say in their own treatment and supporting them to play a role in their own recovery. This approach also requires services to work…

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Learning from other Movements: Gay Liberation and Recovery Advocacy

For participants of the current recovery advocacy movement, there is much to learn from previous social movements. Lessons of considerable import can be gleaned from the movements that intersected in the 1960s, including the civil rights movement, the black power movement, the new left and anti-war movements, the women’s movement, and the gay liberation movement.…

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IMPROVING COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS THROUGH INCLUSION OF RACIAL AND ETHNIC MINORITIES IN RECOVERY ADVOCACY EFFORTS

Language matters. It’s a phrase often spoken among recovery advocates, and generally refers to shifting the way we speak about addiction and recovery so that we reduce the stigma surrounding substance use disorders. There is evidence behind the movement, with one study noting that even mental health professionals were more likely to favor punitive over…

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Buddhist Approaches to Addiction Recovery

The wisdom side of enlightenment includes a detailed understanding of the workings of the mind, as well as practices to help move towards enlightenment. Over the last twenty years, the value of elements of this for the treatment of addiction, have begun to be explored in the West.

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