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July 22, 2016
Statement by the President on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016
Today, I signed S.524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 into law. This legislation includes some modest steps to address the opioid epidemic. Given the scope of this crisis, some action is better than none.
However, I am deeply disappointed that Republicans failed to provide any real resources for those seeking addiction treatment to get the care that they need. In fact, they blocked efforts by Democrats to include $920 million in treatment funding. Continue reading →
Announced by Faces & Voices of Recovery July 13, 2016
Today, July 13th, 2016, the U.S. Senate passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016 with a historic 92 – 2 vote!
For nearly three years, recovery advocates have been working to educate our policymakers about addiction as a public health crisis and that long term recovery is a reality for millions of Americans. Through national call-in days, letters, forums and many, many individual conversations with policymakers, and the work of an amazing network of Recovery Community Organizations across the US. Our work with a great team of partner organizations in prevention, treatment, law enforcement and recovery in Washington DC has been an amazing effort!
More work is to be done to ensure appropriations are made to fund this critical bill! Your action and continued support will be needed to make recovery voices heard in the appropriations process.
Join us in showing our appreciation to The Senate for passing the most expansive piece of legislation the addiction field has seen in a decades!
Use the hashtags #CARAPassed #ThankYouUSSenate
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Addiction Policy Forum, July 8, 2016, CARA – the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act PASSES THE HOUSE!!
Today, the CARA Conference bill passed the House of Representatives in a historic 407-to-5 bipartisan vote.
To quote Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), “CARA is a historical moment.”
Please take a moment to let your U.S. Representative know how much you appreciate his/her vote for CARA. Then, let the Senate know we’re waiting for their vote next week.
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Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act National Call-In Day December 9, 2015
The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2015 is the most expansive federal, bipartisan legislation to date for addiction support services, designating between $40 million and $80 million toward advancing treatment and recovery support services in state and local communities across the country, which will help save the lives of countless people.
CARA needs your support as it moves forward through the legislative process! Get into action and contact your Senator and Representative today and urge them to co-sponsor and support CARA! Continue reading →
I am thrilled to tell you that the documentary On Life’s Terms: Mothers in Recovery launched on public television via the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) in August 2015. Here is a list of the air dates, time, station and city so far. Thank you!
Public Television Station Finder Type in your city or zip code for your local station. When you select a station, you will see the schedule and you can do a search for the film.If you don’t find a broadcast date for your city and would like to have the film air on your local public television station contact Sheila Ganz at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about how to make this happen. Continue reading →
Examiner.com July 30, 2014
by Tracy Kiesler
Domestic abuse is a broad term covering many different types of abuse. Verbal, emotional, psychological, physical, spiritual, and financial abuses are all categorized as “domestic abuse” or “domestic violence.” Any of these types of abuse are extremely challenging to live with and survive, much less thrive. Unfortunately a coping skill that one might use to cope is escape through drinking or drug use. When the person doing the escape through drug or alcohol use is a mother it puts the child or children at even further risk of damage from the abusive situation. Children suffer emotionally, behaviorally, psychologically, and socially when living with domestic violence. Gallup has been tracking Americans’ drinking behavior for more than seven decades. One of the major changes they have seen is an increasing percentage of Americans saying alcohol has caused problems in their family. When first asked in 1947, 15% of Americans said alcohol had been a cause of family problems. On July 27th 2014 Gallup posted poll results of 36% percent of Americans reporting alcohol being the cause of family problems. www.gallup.com/poll/174200/reports-alcohol-related-family-trouble-remain… Continue reading →
By Kate Greenwood
Cross-Posted at Health Reform Watch
Last week, vtdigger.org ran an interesting article by Laura Krantz on the difficulties pregnant women and new mothers who are addicted to drugs have accessing not just drug treatment but also all of the other services and supports they need. Krantz reported on a hearing before the Human Services Committee of the Vermont House of Representatives at which a new mother in recovery from addiction, “a neonatalogist, a substance abuse clinician, a Health Department employee and a representative from the Phoenix House, a residential treatment facility in Brattleboro … all said women need not only treatment, but housing, transportation and help finding jobs.”
Alice Larned, a substance abuse clinician at the Lund Family Center in Burlington, told Krantz that spaces in residential detoxification facilities are increasingly scarce. The demand for transitional housing for women who have completed inpatient detoxification also exceeds the supply. Add to this the sad fact that women can wait a year or more for an appointment with a physician who can treat them with methadone or buprenorphine. Larned told Krantz that many of the women who start treatment with her are taking buprenorphine they bought illegally, an “indication they want help ‘yet we don’t have the legitimate means for them to get this medication[.]’” Continue reading →
by Deborah Jiang-Stein, Author of Prison Baby, A Memoir
Huffington Post, 7/17/14
Cut off from the heroin I’d grown used to, as a newborn I battled through withdrawal. I was born in prison where my incarcerated mother was serving one of her many drug-related sentences. She was a heroin addict.
I Was a Heroin Baby
Her substance abuse started when she was a teen, and like many incarcerated women today, her addictions landed her in prison after prison. On one of her brief stretches of freedom, she violated parole and was also pregnant with me. Continue reading →