August 31, 2016
There are many factors that contribute to treatment success when it comes to addiction: program quality, financial resources, complicating mental health factors, and so on. However, there is one factor that remains a relatively untapped resource given the dramatic impact it can have with regard to improving treatment outcomes, and that is family involvement.
Granted, family programming is a standard part of most addiction treatment programs today, and many of these programs are doing excellent work in this area.
with Jim Savage, LCDC
JOURNEY TO RECOVERY
PROGRAMS AND WORKSHOPS
from Jim Savage
WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS
September 6, 2016
There's no denying that substance abuse treatment “success rates” can be alarmingly poor. It is an all-too-common scenario to see a client go through residential treatment for a month or two, and be back using within a few weeks. Compounding this tragedy is the fact that it is not uncommon for families to spend literally tens of thousands of dollars—out of their own pockets—on care for their loved one, only to have everything blow up before the ink is barely dry on the discharge papers.
“What's wrong with this picture!?”
When dealing with substance use disorder, the term "recovery" gets thrown around a lot. "His recovery is going OK." We're concerned about her recovery." "You need to focus on your recovery!" We all want our teens who have developed a substance use disorder to "be in recovery", but what exactly does this mean?
September 27, 2016
As I stand in the East, and the first rays of sunlight dance upon the horizon, I feel welcome. I feel connected. I feel like I belong."
The Journey is a rock musical I wrote about addiction and recovery. The stage production opens with the sun emerging over the horizon, gradually illuminating the silhouette of a lone figure standing with arms solemnly outstretched, reaching towards the sky. Narration refers to the sun's journey across the sky, likening this to the spiritual journey upon which this soul is about to embark. .
November 16, 2016
I met with a teen this week who had just got out of two months of residential treatment. She sat in my office and demonstrated she had no clue about recovery: She saw no need to continue in outpatient treatment, go to meetings, give up using friends (including a boyfriend "says he quit"), and so on. I called BS, told her I know they taught her that stuff in residential, and she just thinks she doesn't have to follow through because her parents didn't learn any of this.
December 20, 2016
I have made a career out of using experiential activities such as music and storytelling as the basis for most of my work in addiction treatment. For many years I just sort of cruised along, aware of how well this approach worked, but never really paying much attention to why it works.
January 22, 2017
It's becoming an all-to-familiar scenario: A teen is placed is in treatment for a substance use disorder. The family spends lots of money, invests lots of time, and becomes hopeful that they are “getting their child back.” The teen is discharged, and within weeks everything has blown up and they're right back to where they were a few months earlier.
It doesn't have to be this way.
AUGUST 21, 2017
I worked with some parents last week whose 21-year-old son is currently in is eith treatment placement in the past five years. This young man has made the rounds in some of the country's finest programs including residential drug treatment, therapeutic boarding schools, extended care, wilderness, and IOP.
April 13, 2020
A New Paridigm For Substance Use Disorder Treatment
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I would love to have the opportunity to tell you about this important new advancement in the field of addiction treatment. One of the most common challenges to treatment efforts is simply the fact that the family is not in treatment with the client! This results in an inherent gap between the client, the family and the treatment team. And this gap is where important things end up falling through the cracks that ultimately lead to compromised treatment efforts.
RehabWorks solves this problem by creating an entirely new level of family engagement in treatment—with the focus on families learning what the clients are learning in treatment.
June 11, 2020
Signature 2020: Celebrating Artists and Musicians in Recovery
WHAT: Signature Live! Online: A livestream show showcasing artists and musicians in recovery
WHEN: Friday June 12, 5pm CST
WHERE: Online at www.signature-live.online
Ever since my early months in recovery back in 1988, I have always had a passion for bridging the world of music, art, and entertainment with the world of recovery. For the past three years I have had the privelge of participating in "Signature", and annual event celebrating artists and musicians in recovery. Under "normal conditions", Signature is like a big recovery festival—there's music, arts and crafts, games, all sorts of great food—but most importantly, it's about recovery-related fellowship.