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As ICAADA moves forward in 2014, we wish peace, progress and prosperity for ICAADA members, the treatment and recovery community, and addiction recovery stakeholders as well as those who struggle with addiction-related issues.

2013 was a year of national, state and local transitions for many addiction professionals and their organizations. The sign-up for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) began. The grandparenting timeline for Indiana addiction counselor licensure ended.  Local treatment programs reorganized, downsized and restructured in preparation for a changing economic and healthcare environment.  

2014 presents a number of challenges for those of us working for recovery: a prescription drug addiction epidemic, a growing heroin problem, special needs of critical populations, an aging addiction treatment workforce, a lack of addiction recovery community organizations, the integration of behavioral health with primary health care, and scarce resources for treatment of low-income clients.  New partnerships and collaborations will be required along with creative strategies to impact the opioid epidemic, workforce development, and emerging organizational demands.  

ICAADA will focus its efforts on addressing  these challenges during 2014.  The ICAADA Board of Directors will begin a strategic planning process in March to ensure that ICAADA will be effective in helping Indiana tackle these challenges as well as serving the needs of ICAADA members.  We encourage ICAADA members to engage in dialogue regarding our challenges and identify needs, resources and strategies to impact your concerns.  Please communicate your thoughts and ideas to myself (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 317-923-8800 ) or to any ICAADA Board member.

ICAADA will also begin offering trainings on a monthly basis to meet some of Indiana’s workforce development needs and to address cutting edge issues in addiction.   Trainings already scheduled include Telehealth (January 17), HIV/AIDS (February 21), and Opioid Treatment and Recovery (March 7).   Please check our website for more information and to register.  

Again, I would like to encourage you to engage with ICAADA as we address the challenges of 2014.  We need your leadership.                                                    


By Scott Swan -Bio 

Addiction to prescriptions becoming epidemic in Indiana 


With a young son and a fiancé, 21-year-old Lora Socks of Fishers now has a lot to live for.prescription-drugs 

It was not always that way.

When Socks was 16, she struggled with culture shock after transferring to a public school from a private Christian school. Her family was dealing with health and financial issues. 

"Basically, I got overwhelmed with life and I didn't want to feel the way I was feeling, so I opted to live in oblivion and numbness," said Socks, who turned to alcohol and prescription drugs. "The first time I did a prescription drug, I got really sick and it wasn't pleasant. I was, like, 'I'm never going to do that again.' And then, the next day, I was getting more from the same friend and I instantly had a feeling I was an alcoholic and an addict, because I know that was not normal thinking. I just kept using and everything spiraled out of control." 

She says she began to hang out with the wrong crowd that gave her prescription drugs that fed her growing habit.

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Buprenorphine Treatment: Training for Multidisciplinary Addiction Professionals

Buprenorphine Treatment: Training for Multidisciplinary Addiction Professionals is a six (6) hour training designed to increase the effectiveness of those who work with heroin and other opioid addicted clients. This training, developed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), will focus on Suboxone Bottleenhancing participant understanding of Buprenorphine and its use in the treatment of opioid dependence. Participants will have the opportunity to examine the function and effects of buprenorphine in the treatment of opioid addiction and the roles of multidisciplinary addiction professionals providing treatment and recovery support.

Where: The Yellow Rose, 1441 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis IN 46202 (US).
Date: April 25th, 2014
Time: 9:00 - 4:30 (registration opens at 8:30)

Instructor: Stan DeKemper

Cost:  $55 (ICAADA Members) | $75 (non-members)

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