Here is the growing list of articles and papers related to supporting a
Public Health Addiction Policy based upon a Biopsychosocial Model of Recovery
& Relapse Prevention.
Juveniles in Adult Prisons and Jails.
A National Assessment
Read the Forward and Executive Summary of this
important new study by the Department of Justice which provides critical
information needed to assess the growing trend of incarcerating
adolescents in adult correctional facilities.
Research Shows Gorski's Warning Signs
Are A Reliable & Valid Predictor of Alcohol Relapse (5-8-01
The Journal On
Studies of Alcohol
reported in September 2000 that The Assessment of
Warning-Signs of Relapse (AWARE), a scale to operationalize the 37
warning signs identified in Gorski's post acute withdrawal syndrome
(PAWS) model of relapse was shown to be a Reliable
& Valid Predictor of Alcohol Relapses. (Reference:
Miller, William R; Harris, Richard
J Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 2000, 61, 5, Sept, 759-765.)
Addiction Is A Brain Disease By Alan Leshner, Director of NIDA
Alan Leshner reports the most recent
scientific evidence that demonstrates that chemical addictions are brain
diseases. This article is must reading for counselors and therapists,
program managers, mental health professionals, criminal justice professionals,
and policy makers. This article summarizes the basic reasons why the
United States needs to shift its focus from a War On Drugs
Policy which views addiction and a crime and addicts as criminals who need
punishment to a Public Health Addiction Policy which views addiction as
a brain disease and addicts as sick people requiring treatment.
Stopping Drug Use During Pregnancy Ė Enforcement vs Treatment (03-22-01)
An Article By Terence T. Gorski
A recent Supreme
Court ruling decided that hospital workers cannot
constitutionally test maternity patients for illegal drug use without their
consent for the purpose of alerting the police to a crime.
This decision made it clear that pregnant women who are suspected of
using illegal drugs that might harm their unborn baby still retain their civil
rights. The good news is that we
can help drug abusing pregnant women, their unborn children, and their families
without violating their civil rights. Medical
intervention programs that identify and motivate pregnant women to get substance
abuse treatment work better than enforcement programs that entrap pregnant women
into arrest and prosecution for drug law violations.
Medical intervention programs can be set up by training obstetricians to
diagnose substance abusing patients, intervening in their addiction, and
coordinating prenatal care with appropriate substance abuse treatment.
Outcomes are best when these medical intervention programs are supported
by community-based treatment and sober residential centers that provide
treatment for the women during their pregnancy and for the a period of three to
six months after delivery.
Student Assistant Programs vs. Drug Testing (03-22-01)
An Article By Terence T. Gorski
it a good idea to rely on random drug testing to reduce the incidence of drug
abuse in our schools. A recent
ruling by an Oklahoma Appeals Court may force us to rethink the answer.
They found that randomly drug testing all kids in extra-curricular
activities violates the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable
searches. This isnít necessarily
bad. Well designed Student
Assistance Programs (SAP's) are far more effective than drug testing in
preventing and helping kids who have problems with alcohol and drugs.
Gorski - Position On Faith-based Programs
Gorski - Review Of Texas Faith-based Programs
Grinstead & Thares - A Guide for Using Pain Medication in Recovery
Hammond - Drug War Policy & The Prison Industrial Complex
Hoffman - Effectiveness Of Faith-based Programs