Brain patterns may help predict relapse risk for alcoholism

Distinct patterns of brain activity are linked to greater rates of relapse among alcohol dependent patients in early recovery, a study has found. The research, supported by the National Institutes of Health, may give clues about which people in recovery from alcoholism are most likely to return to drinking. “Reducing the high rate of relapse among people treated for alcohol dependence is a fundamental research issue,” said Kenneth R. Warren, Ph.D., acting director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of NIH. “Improving our understanding of the neural mechanisms that underlie relapse will help us identify…

Urgent Policy Alert: NC House of Representatives Vote on House Bill 693 Today!

Message from APNC     Urgent Policy Alert: NC House of Representatives Vote on House Bill 693 Today! The NC House of Representatives will vote on House Bill 693, which would prohibit health care providers or their agents from providing minors with health care services for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse issues without notarized consent of the parent (or guardian) and written consent of the minor. This legislation could have a chilling effect on the ability of our members to treat underage persons, particularly those in delicate family situations in which parental involvement is detrimental to the overall…

MADD Seeks Support for Drunk Driving Legislative Reform

LaRonda Scott State Executive Director Mothers Against Drunk Driving North Carolina State Office Did you know that 1 out of 3 people will be injured in an alcohol related crash?  That person could be a loved one, a co-worker or a neighbor.  Impaired driving affects everyone. MADD is dedicated to cutting the number of drunk driving crashes, injuries, and deaths.  Through its initiatives and programs, MADD is making a difference and so can you.  Stand with MADD.  Save a life. House Bill 536 will save lives in North Carolina. This lifesaving legislation will require all convicted drunk drivers to have an ignition…

A Drug Policy for the 21st Century

The release of the 2013 National Drug Control Strategy, a science-driven plan for drug policy reform in America.  This 21st century drug policy outlines a series of evidence-based reforms that address our Nation’s drug problem as not just a criminal justice issue, but also a major public health concern. The President has outlined his vision of an America built to last—where an educated, skilled workforce has the knowledge, energy and expertise to compete in the global marketplace. Yet—for far too many Americans—that vision is limited by drug use, which not only limits the potential of the individual, but jeopardizes families, communities…

Parents’ Deployment May Increase Risk of Kids’ Substance Abuse

Researchers from the University of Iowa evaluated data from 2010, when 1.2 million American children had a parent in the active duty military.  Study results suggest parent’s deployment may increase risk of substance abuse in preteen and teens. “We worry a lot about the service men and women and we sometimes forget that they are not the only ones put into harm’s way by deployment—their families are affected, too,” senior study author Stephan Arndt, PhD, said in a news release. “Our findings suggest we need to provide these families with more community support.”  

Collegiate Recovery Community at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The Collegiate Recovery Community at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte provides a nurturing, affirming environment in which students recovering from addictive disorder can successfully pursue academic, personal and professional goals for the purpose of enhancing their quality of life and becoming productive members of society. The Collegiate Recovery Community provides: weekly 12 Step meetings in the CRC room 121, Student Health Center AA– Mondays 6-7 pm Wednesdays 12:30- 1:30 pm NA– Tuesdays 4:30 pm -5:30 pm Seminars on recovery issues A “typical” college experience for students in recovery apart from the culture of drinking or use that is present…

NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services Communication Bulletins

Communication   Bulletins are formal communications which the Division of MH/DD/SAS  uses to inform the public as new developments occur. The Communication Bulletins provide critical, strategic communication to legislators, LMEs, providers, consumers and other interested people. Read the Communication Bulletin #127 for important information about upcoming changes with the Prevention portion of the Block Grant.