JANUARY 2019
News from Liberation Programs
Medication-Assisted Treatment and Its Life-Saving Benefits

A Message from John Hamilton, LMFT, LADC

Last month I talked about the importance of increasing access to treatment and doing whatever we can to save lives. In order to do so, we must provide people with all evidence-based treatment options available, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

Although medications have been used to treat opioid withdrawal and addiction for decades, there is resistance among the treatment community and patients. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, only 30% of treatment programs nationwide offer MAT and fewer than half of eligible patients receive medication in treatment programs.

I believe we have an obligation to offer MAT to our recoverees because it’s the best option for sustained recovery. In fact, studies show that 90% of people in recovery for opioid addiction will relapse within the first year without one of the approved MAT medications. It’s important to note—medication assists treatment— it is not a cure. Recovery is an active process that requires psychosocial and recovery supports. In addition to medication, individuals must learn skills to cope with life and regulate themselves and their moods without substances in order to succeed in recovery.

Save the Date: Spirit of Hope Benefit
Volunteer Spotlight
We thank all of the volunteers who took time to spread holiday cheer to our recoverees and families this holiday season!
Mitchell's of Westport provided gifts for all the children and parents at Gini’s House.

Board Member, Mort Lowenthal, and his family cooked Christmas morning breakfast for the women and children at the Families in Recovery Program.
Families in Recovery women, side by side with Community Fund of Darien staff, created festive wreaths.
Volunteer, Rachel Franco, runs a happiness class every week for the women at FIRP. Rachel and her husband, Chris, provided a luncheon to celebrate the holidays! 
Trauma and Gender Initiative
You may remember Liberation Programs was one of only four programs from across Connecticut chosen to participate in the prestigious Trauma & Gender Agencies Project (TAG Initiative) of The Connecticut Women’s Consortium. We began this project in June 2018 in our Families in Recovery Program (FIRP). 

Liberation takes pride in meeting recoverees where they are. TAG promotes this philosophy by ensuring our programs pay close attention to the impacts of trauma and its frequent intersection with substance misuse. It will help us create environments and adopt language and policies that acknowledge and demonstrate value for the lives of women and men and seek to address their distinct strengths and challenges. 
 
As our CEO, John Hamilton says, “This work is so important in ensuring that we continue providing the best possible care to our clients. Dr. Gabor Mate, a Canadian physician and author of In The Realm Of Hungry Ghosts, believes all addiction is rooted in trauma. Far too many trauma survivors suffer in silence and self-medicate. The TAG initiative sheds light on the roles trauma and gender play in the recovery process.” 

Since launching last year, we have assembled a Steering Committee, co-chaired by Rosemary Filgueiras, Chris Cholko, and Maggie Young. Stay tuned for updates in future
e-newsletters.
Community Events
John Hamilton, LMFT, LADC, will be speaking at three community
events in February. Download the flyers for all the details.

February 5, 2019
5:30 pm

St. Mark's Episcopal Church New Canaan

February 6, 2019
11:45 am - 1 pm

Arch Street Teen Center Greenwich

February 27, 2019
3:30 pm

Sacred Heart University Fairfield
We would like to thank everyone who donated to Liberation Programs in 2018! Your support helps us provide quality treatment for our recoverees.