Today, a national crisis of opioid addiction is sweeping the country. According to the CDC, 95 people die every day from an opioid overdose. In 2016, more than 34,000 lives were lost to opioids. Mental health and substance abuse providers, as well as the Church, need to know how to effectively respond to the overwhelming misuse of these potent drugs. How did we get here? Why is addiction to opioids so difficult to overcome? What continues to drive this crisis? And how do we treat this growing problem?
OPAD 101: Opioids and Addiction: An Alarming Tsunami
Michael Lyles, M.D. Runtime: 44 minutes 16 seconds
Over the past several years, the United States has been overwhelmed with a growing opioid crisis that has now reached epidemic proportions. National agencies and treatment centers are actively searching for answers. Dr. Lyles addresses the scope of the problem, examines some of the underlying causes, and looks at the human toll, as well as the devastating effects on normal brain functioning.
OPAD 102: The Opioid Crisis: A Christian Counseling Response – Part I
David Jenkins, Psy.D. and Linda Mintle, Ph.D. Runtime: 45 minutes 26 seconds
Understanding the current opioid crisis is critical to developing an overall strategy for comprehensive outreach and care. Dr. Jenkins and Dr. Mintle review emerging trends leading to addiction, the addiction process, the use of certain medications, and how opioid use has impacted individuals, families, churches, and entire communities.
OPAD 103: The Opioid Crisis: A Christian Counseling Response – Part II
David Jenkins, Psy.D. and Linda Mintle, Ph.D. Runtime: 1 hour 0 minutes 59 seconds
In Part II, Dr. Jenkins and Dr. Mintle continue their discussion of opioid addiction and also explore various treatment options and proper protocols for pain management, including non-pharmacological strategies. A discussion on prevention, the role of faith, and the potential influence of the Church is also offered.
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