Addiction Treatment Crisis Revealed as Report Released
We have an addiction treatment crisis in Canada.
Yesterday the BCCSU released a report on Recovery in BC, and messages outlining mistreatment by some in the current health care system are flooding social media as a result – there are hundreds if not thousands of people experiencing harm, victimizing substance users even more.
Here are some of the stories:
“I agree my experiences are current and I personally know people who have tried to start a taper and are told no. In addition, if a taper is started very it’s very small increments which could take years to finally be off methadone altogether. Other experiences are some people have prescribed such a high prescription that they can’t stay alert and speech is very slurred. When suggested to speak with the doctor about the dosage the doctor refuses the patients request. I Del it’s helpful for the short term but damaging to a person who is prescribed Lon term.”
Developed by the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) in consultation with people in recovery and with expertise in providing recovery care, the report highlights the stigma that persons in recovery often face, including the misconception that effective treatment and recovery are not realistic options, and recommends that recovery be better recognized and supported for all those who enter the system of addiction care.
This past year over 4,000 Canadians died from overdoses, each day in BC an average of 6 people die from overdoses, nothing is more important than talking about the solution to this crisis. We must be present for all discussions pertaining to how we can overcome addiction as a society — from prescription heroin to new consumption sites, they must also hear and be present during talks of Recovery Strategies.
The absence of health authorities at today’s release of this historic Recovery Document and the lived experience stories you will hear in the following video from the Vancouver Sun is why we need a recovery movement and why today’s report “The Path Forward” Strategies to Strengthen Recovery in British Columbia” is needed.
Watch the video and attend #RecoveryWeekBC this September featuring Recovery Day BC – overcoming mental illness & addiction and the Recovery Capital Conference of Canada let’s end silo health care thinking, everyone deserves harm reduction and everyone deserves abstinence-based treatment.
Let’s recover from addiction. #WeCan
More media files:
Vancouver Sun – “Need drug treatment? You should be able to ‘ask for help once and get support right away’: B.C. report” – http://bit.ly/2zO16Kl
Vancouver Sun – “Daphne Bramham: Time to move beyond harm reduction to focus on addictions recovery” – http://bit.ly/2zPOfHL
The Globe & Mail – “Not a ‘lost cause’: Report highlights need for addictions recovery” – https://tgam.ca/2LtmtFH
Canadian Press – “Long-term equitable recovery services needed to manage addiction in B.C.: report” – https://tgam.ca/2L6r3tN
CTV – “B.C.’s addictions strategy should focus more on recovery: report” – http://bit.ly/2LuqUNd
Victoria Times Colonist – “Harm-reduction is not enough to fight addictions, report says” – http://bit.ly/2LhIXsW
Black Press – “‘Recovery high schools,’ per diems urged to better manage addiction in B.C.” – http://bit.ly/2zSBImW
CKNW – “Addiction recovery high schools among ideas proposed in new B.C. report” – http://bit.ly/2mtyqNi
Global – News Hour at 6 BC – “New report says B.C. needs new approach to addiction recovery” – http://bit.ly/2zUt1Z9
CTV – CTV News Vancouver – “Better access to addictions treatment needed: report” – http://bit.ly/2LuqUNd
CBC – BC Today – “Access to addiction treatment and recovery” – http://bit.ly/2LrXcbj
CKNW – The Simi Sara Show – “New reports finds that help and support should be readily available for people suffering with addiction” – http://bit.ly/2mtqITr