Long term chronic illnesses are insidious. You can work for years managing an illness and think you’ve got it ‘licked. ’ “I’m in charge now” “I know how to keep it in control” So, I can have that piece of pie, not exercise today, or just have one glass of wine – and it will all be fine. But that’s the problem. You really never have it licked. You are managing the ebbs and flows of a disease that has its own rhythms, ones that you can only attempt to understand from day to day. It’s even harder to understand for everyone around you – who want to believe that you’ve got it ‘licked’ and that this time there will only be progress. But chronic diseases are not like that.
Addiction is a particularly harmful because of its specific effects on the brain. The urge to eat when you are hungry – much less just wanting that last piece of pie – are not as strong as the cravings of addiction. Your body is programed to eat when you are hungry and our survival instincts drive us to eat. The cravings of addiction are 20 times stronger than any desire to eat. Try going without food for one day. Addiction treatment takes a long term management plan to address the disease. Even then – there will be ebbs and flows.
While addiction is not as openly discussed when people are lost – often to overdose, it is tragically becoming all too common and all too obvious that this discussion must take place. Communities and families need information to be able to understand addiction and support those in recovery.
Mary Linden Salter
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August 8, 2017
June 29, 2017
New Report Now Available: Trends in Substance Use Disorders Among Adults Aged 18 or Older
June 28, 2017
GOP Healthcare Concerns
Tennessee department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services has shared its Fast Facts document.
Fast Facts provides a quick overview of key statistics about mental health and substance abuse in Tennessee as well as budget and service information for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
April 2 - 5, 2018
The National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit is where solutions are formulated, stakeholders convene, and change begins. Be part of the international discussion on addressing the opioid crisis by attending the 2018 Summit.
Rx Summit Presentation Documents
The next legislative session
begins in February and TAADAS has several goals for the upcoming session including:
Increase in state funding for substance use disorder treatment services and recovery housing.
Address parity enforcement and ensure review mechanisms are in place to guarantee behavioral health care services are as accessible as physical health care services.
IMD Caps with Medicaid Block grants, monitor the present residential services that are in place for addictions treatment due to the 1115 Waiver and what will happen to these services if Tennessee transitions to block grant funding for Medicaid.