Addiction and recovery affects 100% of people.
Scott Silverman, Crisis Coach, Care Navigator, CNN Hero and TED Talk Speaker shares his powerful life story with Dr. Beach, including his long period in the throes of addiction and depression, reaching rock-bottom, and almost ending his life. With 35 years of sobriety, Scott describes his life’s mission to help others, their families, and loved ones who are also hurting and desperate. You can't afford to miss the compelling messages and practical advice in this inspirational podcast episode!
Scott Silverman, The "Crisis Coach and CEO of Confidential Recovery returned to KUSA last week to discuss what the experience of being in recovery is like during this unique COVID-19 era and the requirement to 'shelter in place.'
Overcoming Drug Abuse and Where to Get Help
This episode is one that will hit home with the lives of many. It will hit home with the lives of those who are currently using alcohol or other forms of self-medicating chemicals to anesthetize the feelings from some different events that have happened in their lives.
It will perk up the ears of those who are close to a friend or loved one who is using or beginning to use a substance(s) and their lives are taking changing… not for the better. Expert Guest, Scott H. Silverman, the founder and president of “Second Chance,” a non-profit human services agency. He has become quite notable and has been named one of CNN’s “Heroes” for his work with the homeless and ex-offender populations, along with receiving numerous awards recognizing his leadership and dedication to community improvement, including the Henrietta Rubenstein Community Award.
SAN DIEGO, CA, March 31st
Addiction doesn’t take time off, and neither does Confidential Recovery, which is San Diego’s premier outpatient treatment program for substance use disorders. Confidential has also furthered its commitment to serving military veterans by contracting with TriWest.
Confidential Recovery has long been helping first responders, healthcare providers, and working professionals overcome their struggles with substance abuse issues through their Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) Program. The treatment program continues during the COViD-19 quarantine order. The IOP groups meet at night, allowing participants to stay working during the day.
Now Tri-West is welcoming Confidential Recovery as a Veterans Affairs Patient-Centered Community Care (VAPC3) provider. Tri-West is pleased to announce that they “value Confidential Recovery’s participation and commitment to deliver healthcare services to the dedicated men and women who have served in the United States military”. Our veterans are a very vulnerable population, with many veterans self-medicating untreated PTSD with substances and compounding their problems.
Confidential Recovery’s staff includes veterans in recovery who can offer peer counseling and guidance as they lay a course for the recovery of their clients. With Tri-West, Confidential Recovery can now serve even more of those who have served.
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The White House just released a sobering report on the cost of the opioid crisis: $2.500,000,000,000 over four years.
Overdose deaths involving opioids are coming down during the Trump Administration, reversing the upward trend that has persisted since at least 1999.
Even with the decrease in opioid-related deaths under President Trump, the $696 billion cost in 2018 shows that this crisis is far from over.
Read the full report here.
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Your Crisis Coach, Scott Silverman joins KUSI to discuss the crisis of counterfeit drugs in San Diego.
From: November 10th, 2019. Watch the full video here.
Scott Silverman, Confidential Recovery CEO and Community Advocate for Substance Use Recovery recently completed a very in-depth interview with Mary Mulvihill, Ph.D for The San Diego Psychologist website.
Scott Silverman discusses his work in the community and his concerns about substance abuse and how it affects the populace of San Diego at large.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
The big three substance use issues impacting San Diego currently are:
Methamphetamine (meth) use: Local consumption of this highly destructive drug is at a 10-year high.
Fentanyl from China, often disguised as OxyContin, along with other new synthetic drugs which are extremely dangerous, as we have no idea what is really in them. If effective at inducing a “high,” substance users tend to take more, hence putting themselves at high risk for dying from these drugs. Many of the substance-use fatalities are reported by medical examiners or morgues , rather than a medical facility, indicating sudden death. We may lose many more people to synthetic, possibly contaminated, drugs unless we get a grip on this quickly.
Easier access to cannabis or unused prescription opiates: 264 million prescriptions for opiates were written last year, and many of them cannot be tracked down. With legalization of cannabis, we are seeing more kids overdosing, particularly with edibles. And then, there is the new issue of driving while high, which is hard to measure and control.
Read the full article here.
We recently came across an article on The Sober World about why outpatient and MAT is the future of addiction treatment.
As the article states:
The essence of this shift in thinking is based upon the fact that addictive disorders, particularly opioid use disorders, are theorized to be chronic relapsing conditions with compulsive drug seeking behaviors. Research has revealed anatomical differences in the brains of patients with opiate addiction; at the cellular level, neurons are damaged by chronic exposure to opiate drugs.
We Support MAT treatment and you can read more about that on our site page here.
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Hundreds of people are dying around the country due to a nationwide epidemic, the opioid crisis. Watch the entire segment here.
In San Diego County, opioids are the leading cause of overdose deaths compared to any drug. County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar joined us to discuss the details of how the county is addressing the crisis here in San Diego.
Furthermore, pharmaceutical giant “Purdue Pharma” has offered to pay up to $12 billion to settle opioid lawsuits.
More than 2,000 claims were filed against the company, all which state, it is responsible for the opioid epidemic. The offer to settle would require the family that owns Purdue Pharma to give up all ownership of the company, and then declare bankruptcy.
The trial is scheduled for October 2019.
This comes after an Oklahoma judge ordered drug manufacturer “Johnson and Johnson” to pay $572 million for fueling the opioid crisis in a landmark decision.
Former San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre and local drug addiction expert Scott Silverman joined us on San Diego People to discuss these issues.