Addiction Technology Transfer Centers Funded By SAMHSA and NIDA To Combat Substance Abuse In The United States
With the problem of addiction out of control in the United States, fueled by prescription drug abuse, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in partnership with the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) are giving grants for the development of Addiction Technology Transfer Centers. With applications due by June 28, 2012, the purpose of this program is to develop and strengthen the workforce that provides addictions treatment and recovery support services to those in need. ONE80CENTER supports this inter-disciplinary approach in the form of teamwork to address substance abuse problem that is spiraling out of control.
Addiction Technology Transfer Centers
The grants for Addiction Technology Transfer Centers are being offered to foster a unique synergy between the team to address the question of addiction. In partnership with treatment provider associations, addictions counselors, multidisciplinary behavioral health professionals, faith and recovery community leaders, family members of those in recovery, and other stakeholders, the Addiction Technology Centers assess the training and development needs of the substance use disorders workforce. The ultimate goal is to develop and conduct training and technology transfer activities to meet identified needs. The emphasis this year is on increasing knowledge and improving skills to foster promising treatment/recovery practices in recovery-oriented systems of care.
SAMHSA believes that a well-trained recovery-oriented workforce is central to the successful implementation of their first strategic initiatives to address the problem of addiction and substance abuse in the United States. Workforce development is a fundamental component of this first initiative. The Addiction Technology Transfer Centers are expected to directly support and enhance SAMHSA’s new regional presence. Now, more than ever, SAMHSA has expressed that it is critical that the addictions workforce be prepared for the influx of services expected to be needed in the future.
In order to maintain consistency and maximize impact, it is critical that the ATTCs (Addiction Technology Transfer Centers) remain aligned with SAMHSA’s direction and leadership on key priority areas. SAMHSA is in the process of developing a consensus definition of trauma and trauma informed care. Such guidelines for the implementation of trauma-informed systems will have applicability across different service sectors. With our cutting edge work in trauma treatment like EMDR and Equine Therapy, ONE80CENTER supports the Addiction Technology Transfer Centers initiative. At this point in time, a national initiative and focus is needed to address the explosion of substance disorders and addiction problems that have been fueled by prescription drug abuse.
Congruent with the holistic wellness perspective of ONE80CENTER and the offering of multiple types of exercise plans to our clients, scientists are examining if exercise can act as a healthy, effective alternative to substance abuse. With a $15.7 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) researchers at the UT Southwestern Medical Center are investigating the benefits of vigorous workouts in relation to overcoming drug addiction and achieving sobriety. As reported on AOL News, animal studies previously have implied that exercise improves brain function in a way that is surprisingly similar to how the brain recovers from drug abuse.
Lead researcher Dr. Madhukar Trivedi explained the connection in a published statement: “Exercise would give people who abuse drugs an alternative ritualistic activity that may help them disengage from their drug-related behaviors while also improving their health and quality of life.” Called Stimulant Reduction Intervention using Dosed Exercise (STRIDE), the project is already well under way. A second phase will begin thanks to the NIDA grant. Participants are being enrolled at drug-treatment facilities. One group will receive standard inpatient and outpatient care. The other will also partake in three treadmill workouts a week for several months.
By tracking exercise patterns as well as rates of drug relapse, the research team hopes to determine what impact the ritual of repeated exercise can have on the sobriety and spiritual maintenance of the participants. In addition, they want to see if the study participants experience the additional benefits of a good workout, like better sleep patterns, healthier body mass and improved mood. Since relapse traditionally has been closely linked to stress, exercise, might address the core of addictive behaviors and reduce cravings by acting on hormones that are closely implicated in the body’s stress response.
Dr. Trivedi went on to describe that: “If exercise is a successful treatment, then it could drastically change addiction interventions, Exercise is relatively inexpensive and can be done by an individual without a huge therapeutic setting — people could start running on the streets.” Like this cutting edge study supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), ONE80CENTER proposes that a holistic approach to sobriety and wellness is essential to provide alcoholics and addicts in early recovery with a healthy sense of physical, mental and spiritual equilibrium. We look forward to the results of the study to show how our focus on the three-dimensional well being of our clients is not only common sense, but also actually a proven truth.