Report shows trends in attitudes towards substance use

Thursday, October 1, 2015 A new annual report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides trend data on people’s perceptions of the risk of illicit substances.  The report also examines how those perceptions may affect the likelihood of people using substances.  Below is what the report showed in terms of some key substances: Marijuana In 2014, only 34.3 percent of Americans aged 12 and older perceived great risk from smoking marijuana once or twice a week – down from 51.3 percent in 2002 when this question was first surveyed.  During this same period the percentage of Americans aged 12 and older using marijuana in the past month (current use) rose from 6.2 percent in 2002 to 8.4 percent in 2014. However, the report found that levels of current […]

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Interested in Joining the ETCADA team? We are hiring!

COALITION ETCADA is seeking a Community Coalition Coordinator for Harrison County to coordinate public relations, conduct presentations to identified populations, recruit, train and utilize Coalition volunteers to assist in coalition evidence-based environmental strategies.  Excellent public speaking skills, oral/written communication, ability to plan, organize, prioritize and multi-task a must. Reliable transportation, with a good driving record is a must.  Flexible work schedule requires some Saturdays and evenings community presentations and events.  Some travel to training required.  Minimum of Bachelor’s degree required.  Successful candidates must pass background check and drug screen.  EOE- Send Resume and letter of interest to ETCADA Community Coalition Coordinator

Addiction in seniors: ‘It’s at epidemic levels’

August 6, 2015 by Megan Combs, Associate Editor, Behavioral Healthcare There are only three known addiction programs specifically for seniors in the United States, said John Dyben, director of older adult treatment at the Hanley Center at Origins in West Palm Beach, Fla. And this is a huge problem.   Dyben, who works at one of the three treatment centers, delivered his presentation on older adults on Tuesday at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) in St. Louis.  "Substance use and alcohol addiction is not just something that happens in older adults," Dyben warned. "It's common and it's at epidemic levels."  Studies have shown that older adults (in this presentation, those aged 65 to 79) are using drugs and alcohol and it's […]

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Study: Online Support Groups Not as Effective as Face-to-Face Meetings for Sobriety

By Join Together Staff August 11th, 2015 Online support groups are not as effective as face-to-face meetings in helping people stay sober, a new study concludes. Participants said they were less likely to be dishonest in face-to-face meetings, according to HealthDay.  Because a commitment to honesty is a major part of 12-step recovery programs, being dishonest could get in the way of recovery, according to the researchers. The study included 141 women and 55 men who used both online and face-to-face support groups. More than 90 percent had been in recovery for more than a year, the article notes. People who attended more in-person meetings were more likely to achieve and maintain sobriety, compared with those who used online support groups more often, the researchers reported at […]

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Big Texas Rally for Recovery to be Held in Houston

September is National Recovery Month. Click here to see what will be happening at the Big Texas Rally for Recovery in Houston this year.