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. The Nashville community is currently mourning the loss of Max Barry over the weekend and yearning to find ways to support his family, Mayor Megan Barry and Bruce Barry. Making this an open discussion will help all our community find healing and find a path to recovery. Please openly share and openly discuss how addiction affects you and be open to hear how it has affected your neighbor. Sharing our strengths and our losses together brings the healing to bear. I hope the Barry family is enveloped in the thoughts and prayers of all our community and I send them my own huge and heartfelt hug.
Mary Linden Salter
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August 23, 2017
International Overdose Awareness Day is August 30, 2017.
We will light the KVM bridge and have a candlelight vigil in memory of those who died from the disease of addiction. Download the event flyer.
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
We've added a new story of addiction and recovery to our stories page, check it out!
Next weeks Faith Based Recovery forums:
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
began in January and TAADAS has several goals for the upcoming session including:
TAADAS and TAMHO members met with Governor Bill Haslam to discuss funding for addiction services in Tennessee. UPDATE: This meeting has led to a proposed budget allocation of 6 million dollars for A&D treatment in TN. Read more above.