Addiction, the Criminal Justice System and Evidence-Based Treatment

on Thursday - September 13, 2012.

The National Institute of Justice offered a presentation on effectively addressing drug abuse within the framework of the criminal justice system. Redonna K. Chandler, Ph.D, from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) presented information on 3 aspects of addiction as it relates to the criminal justice system:

  • the neuro-biology of addiction
  • evidence-based principles of addiction treatment
  • research efforts underway at NIDA to expand knowledge on effectively addressing drug abuse in the criminal justice system.

Click here to view the presentation

Click here for a transcript of the presentation

and Click here to view an additional interview with Dr Chandler where she discusses:

What is addiction?

The relationship between drugs and crime

Drug abuse as a chronic condition 

Peer Support in the Spotlight

Written by Scott J. Sheely on Saturday - October 02, 2010.

Washington:  Each September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration partners with other federal agencies, including the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and communities across the country to sponsor National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (Recovery Month).

This month's observance provides important recognition of the societal benefits of addiction treatment, lauds the contributions of treatment providers, and promotes the message that recovery is possible. Recovery Month is also an opportunity to highlight the critical role that peer recovery support services play in helping individuals reach and sustain recovery from substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Increasingly, peer recovery support services are being offered in conjunction with professional treatment services and mutual aid as part of a continuum of care for individuals with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. Peer recovery support services can be particularly important for justice-involved individuals as they return from incarceration to the community, engage in treatment, and identify community-based pro-social supports.