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DEBUNKED Episode 7: Myth, 'The Only Legitimate Treatment For Addiction Is Abstinence'

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In episode seven, we are debunking the myth "The only legitimate treatment for addiction is abstinence."

Our host, Tim Light, welcomes co-host Mindy Vincent, MSW, MPA, LCSW, who is the co-founder and executive director of the Utah Harm Reduction Coalition and owner of Life Changes Counseling in Heber City, Utah; Dr. Erin Fadden Manning, of the University of New Mexico Health Science Center; and Ashanti Moritz, outreach director of the Skull Valley Band of Goshutes' Warrior Spirit Recovery Center; to discuss the myth that there is only one valid way to treat addiction and the science behind methods such as Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs.

Additional resources: 

The Urban/Rural Divide in Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Utah: digitalcommons.usu.edu/extension_curall/2098

Utah Harm Reduction Coalition: www.utahharmreduction.org

One Voice Recovery: onevoicerecovery.com

Utah Naloxone: www.utahnaloxone.org

Warrior Spirit Recovery: www.warriorspirit-recovery.com

Project Reality: projectreality.net

Four Corners Behavioral Health: www.fourcorners.ws

Medicaid Expansion: medicaid.utah.gov/expansion

Detox Resources:

UNI: healthcare.utah.edu/uni/programs/hospital-inpatient-program

VOA: www.voaut.org

Medically Assisted Detox:

New Vision: www.specialcarecorp.com

Lake View Bountiful: lakeviewhospital.com/service/medical-stabilization 

Provo Canyon: pcbh.com


Nicholas Porath is a Logan native and music lover. He recently graduated from USU with a degree in broadcast journalism. It was while studying journalism that he found his niche and newfound love for radio. He first started out as an intern behind the scenes and found his way to the control room where he now hosts Here & Now on Monday through Friday from 11-1. Nick is also the producer for DEBUNKED.