Preparing for the 2017 National Opioid Emergency

August 29, 2017

Thomas F. Hilton and Dennis McCarty

Never invest money you cannot afford to lose.
That admonition came from the late stock market expert, Louis Rukeyser, in his 1976 book, How to Make Money on Wall Street. This remains wise advice for anybody wanting to invest a sudden windfall. Financial planners will tell you that there are three things you can do with money. First, you can spend it. Spending is buying something that will depreciate over time like a car. Second, you can invest it. Investing is buying something that you hope will appreciate in time like stocks or a house. Third, you can let it sit in the bank for a rainy day where it may not do anybody any immediate good. Moreover, it might disappear on its own as states often recoup unspent funds.

We're all connected: National Recovery Month 2017

August 23, 2017

Maureen Fitzgerald
Communications Coordinator, ATTC Network Coordinating Office
Editor, NIATx

"Recovery: A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.”
National Recovery Month 2017 is just around the corner. This year’s theme, Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthening Families and Communities, highlights the important role that families and communities play in helping others achieve recovery and reach their full potential. After all, as it's often said, people receive treatment for a substance use or mental health disorder in a healthcare setting, but they recover in the community

Predicting risky drinking: It might be all in the words

August 15, 2017

Rachel Kornfield
PhD Candidate
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Research Assistant 
University of Wisconsin-Madison 

The A-CHESS smartphone app provides addiction recovery services on-demand.  Analyzing the language used in A-CHESS discussion forums is helping researchers predict the likelihood of relapse. 
The words we say in daily conversation can provide a powerful window into our state of mind, including our moods, concerns, and priorities. General topics of discussion can be revealing (for example, if we’re talking about friends, the weather, or problems at work). But even more is often revealed by subtler styles of speech, including the pronouns we use, our emotional tone, and how we put our sentences together. These subtle linguistic differences are especially meaningful in an age when computers play an ever-increasing role in our lives. Technology and social media provide an array of new outlets through which to communicate. At the same time, computer science offers new tools to automatically measure subtle qualities of language. At the Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS), our research uses social media language not only to understand people better, but also to help people improve their health.

Responding to the opioid epidemic

August 3, 2017

Ned Presnall
Executive Director
Clayton Behavioral
Adjunct Professor, Washington University

David Wojnarowicz at ACT UP's "Seize Control of the FDA" demonstration in Rockville, Maryland, on October 11, 1988. (Photograph by William Dobbs)

We should be marching in the streets over the state of opioid use disorder treatment.

The epidemic of accidental opioid poisoning has received increasing media coverage as opioid-related deaths have skyrocketed. But the magnitude of the problem is still largely unappreciated. The New York Times recently illustrated that annual drug-related mortality in the United States has surpassed peak annual deaths related to AIDS, gun violence, and car accidents. What’s most troubling is that the rate of opioid-related deaths is rising faster than ever.