2016 New England School of Best Practices in Addiction Treatment
Includes Materials from Plenaries, some classes, and other resources
Handouts or other resources for plenary sessions, and for a few classes, are posted here.
The page will remain available for awhile after the program, so you may want to bookmark it.
Sunday Evening Plenary:
"Addressing the Opioid Epidemic through Strategic Alliances: Clinically Effective and Cost Effective Treatment" - Linda Hurley, MA, CAGS, LCDCS, CCJP, President/CEO, CODAC Behavioral Healthcare
Monday Morning Plenary:
"Best Practices: Applying Science and Leveraging Experience for Better Health" - Kimberly Johnson, PhD, Director, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Tuesday Evening Plenary: Recovery Mini-Film Festival
"Addressing Addiction and Supporting Recovery through Faith" - This is an introductory short film where leaders from various faiths and religious backgrounds in New England share their experiences addressing addiction within their congregations and faith communities. Discussing the impact of persons dealing with substance use disorders on their members, families, and communities. Produced by Faith Infused Recovery Efforts of RI (F.I.R.E.) and The New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC).
"Generation Found" - The trailer for this film, which was about to open in selected theaters, was shown. From the creators of the groundbreaking film, THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE, comes GENERATION FOUND, a powerful story about one community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution in their hometown. Devastated by an epidemic of addiction, Houston faced the reality of burying and locking up its young people at an alarming rate. And so in one of the largest cities in America, visionary counselors, law school dropouts, aspiring rock musicians, retired football players, oil industry executives, and church leaders came together to build the world’s largest peer-driven youth and family recovery community. It is not only a deeply personal story, but one with real-world utility for communities struggling with addiction worldwide.
"The Anonymous People" - The complete version of "The Anonymous People", a feature documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery addiction to alcohol and other drugs, was shown. A shorter version for classroom viewing has also been developed.
"The Fix" - The trailer for "The Fix" was shown. Junior, a young father trying to turn his life around after years of heroin addiction, joins forces with a group of former injection-drug users in the Bronx to fight the disease in their community. Knitting personal narratives together with a profile of innovative programs at a methadone clinic, the film explores the concept of storytelling as an instrument of change and gives a powerful voice to a marginalized population. Ultimately a very personal story of redemption and hope, The Fix puts a human face on addiction and disease with sensitivity and grace.
During discussion, some additional films were noted that may be of interest, or used in community education efforts:
"The Hungry Heart" - "The Hungry Heart" provides an intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction through the world of Vermont Pediatrician Fred Holmes who works with patients struggling with this disease. Dr. Holmes prescribes suboxone to his patients struggling with prescription drug addiction. Much like methadone, suboxone helps many addicts in their recovery process– for some taking suboxone is a crucial stepping stone to long term recovery, for others it is a crutch, for others suboxone is abused and diverted onto the street. Through the film we see Dr. Holmes struggling with these challenges and trying to make sense and keep the faith in the midst of many contradictions.
"Hear Our Voices" - "Hear Our Voices" tells the inspiring stories of nine children and young adults who are fighting to overcome their mental health issues. Their stories are framed by some of the nation’s top mental health care experts, who contend children’s mental health issues are real and treatable, occurring with much greater frequency than most people imagine.
Wednesday Evening Plenary: "Drug Courts as an Alternative to Incarceration"
TedX Film shown at the end of the presentation:
"Justice Meets Treatment" - Justice Tina Nadeau, Chief Justice of New Hampshire's Superior Court
Supplemental Materials for Some Classes:
5.M Retooling Treatment Practices for Longterm Wellness
3.W Practical Approaches to Treatment of Marijuana Use Disorders
3.Th Recovery, Relationships, and Emotional Intimacy
5.W The DSM 5 for Addiction Clinicians