Volume 38 | April 2023

Welcome to the April edition of our newsletter! This month, we're bringing you an exciting array of informative and useful resources to help you stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the world of substance use disorder counseling.

In this edition, we're pleased to feature an in-depth article on Xylazine, a drug that's been making headlines recently due to its emergence in the opioid crisis. We'll explore its effects, risks, and best practices for working with clients who may be using it.

As always, we've got a range of exciting training opportunities to share with you. Plus, download informative resources to help you stay informed about the latest research, trends, and best practices in the field.

Finally, we'd like to take a moment to acknowledge that April is both Earth Month and Alcohol Awareness Month. These occasions remind us of the importance of taking care of ourselves, our clients, and our planet. We encourage you to take some time this month to reflect on ways you can promote sustainability, mindfulness, and healthy choices in your work and personal life.

Thank you for all that you do to support those in need and promote wellness in our communities. We hope you find this month's newsletter informative, engaging, and helpful in your practice.

Best regards,

Feature Articles
Xylazine Use and Abuse: What SUD Counselors Need to Know
It is important to stay up-to-date on the latest information and to approach this issue with empathy and understanding, while also prioritizing safety and harm reduction.
In recent years, the opioid crisis has been a major public health concern in the United States. While the majority of attention has been focused on prescription opioids and illicit drugs such as heroin and fentanyl, there has been a growing concern about the emergence of a new substance, Xylazine. Xylazine is a veterinary sedative that has been increasingly used in conjunction with opioids by people who use drugs. This article will explore the effects, risks, and best practices for working with clients who may be using Xylazine.

What is Xylazine?
Xylazine is a sedative and muscle relaxant that is primarily used in veterinary medicine. It is commonly used to sedate large animals such as horses and cattle for surgical procedures. Xylazine belongs to a class of drugs known as alpha-2 agonists, which means it works by stimulating receptors in the brain that control the nervous system. When used in animals, Xylazine can cause sedation, muscle relaxation, and a slowing of the heart rate and breathing. However, when used by humans, Xylazine can produce a range of effects. When used alone, Xylazine can cause drowsiness, dizziness, and disorientation. However, when used in combination with opioids, it can enhance the effects of the opioid, leading to more intense feelings of euphoria and relaxation.

CADTP Payment Portal Update
The Payment Portal has a new look and feel and offers more services!
CADTP is excited to announce that our Payment Portal now offers two new payment options: CEU Provider registrations and renewals, and DUI Program membership dues. These services can be paid for directly through our secure online payment system, providing you with a seamless payment experience. We understand the importance of timely and convenient payments for these services, and we are proud to offer a solution that simplifies the payment process.

Our Payment Portal makes it easy to pay for a range of CADTP services, including SUD Counselor registrations, certifications, and renewals, as well as our newest additions, CEU Provider registrations and renewals, and DUI Program membership dues. You can also upload any necessary documents along with your payment, with a combined file size limit of 5 MB. To begin, simply select the payment category you require from the list provided, and the payment options will appear on the screen.

At CADTP, we are committed to providing efficient and accessible services to our members. We believe that our new payment options will streamline the payment process and ensure that your experience with CADTP is as smooth as possible.

Thank you for choosing CADTP's Payment Portal, and please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Visit the new Payment Portal today!
Training Opportunities
CADTP Spring Conference
Spring Forward with Purpose

Topics were very relevant. Best conference thus far. Loved the interactive material. Presenters were full of energy and very engaging!
– Elena W. (Spring 2022)

Thanks, CADTP for bringing us all together and hearing from these amazing speakers with interesting topics and rich backgrounds.
– Amanda Valdez
May 17 & 18, 2023
Embassy Suites By Hilton
La Quinta Hotel and Spa
Strengths Model Case Management Workshop
A Virtual Workshop

Dates: June 12, 13, & 15, 2023
Time: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM first two days
and 9:00 AM-2:00 PM on last day

As someone who has chosen helping others as a profession, do you believe in:
  • Seeing the whole person rather than just their symptoms and behaviors
  • Co-creating a person-centered roadmap to care that is unique to each individual
  • Leveraging a person’s strengths to create movement
  • Being trauma-informed and culturally responsive
  • Fostering people’s empowerment to pave the way for ongoing wellness and recovery?

If you answered yes, we invite you to join us to transform your philosophy of care into tangible practice. This workshop goes beyond the ideology of strengths by offering skills, tools, and interventions to help you create space and open opportunities for movement for people you serve.

Education and CEU Providers
Complete your education in as little as six months! Enroll any day and learn at your own pace at the Center for Higher Purpose.
Addiction Counselor CE offers up to courses for Addiction Counselors and other behavioral health professionals.
AGMC offers low-cost online training for SUD Counselors.
Resources for the SUD Counselor
Check out all of the resources on the CADTP Counselors Website
Community Response Initiative to Strengthen Emergency Systems (C.R.I.S.E.S.)
Grant Pilot Program

Click on the image to download the informational flyer below.
Why the U.S. designated the animal tranquilizer xylazine an 'emerging threat' - by PBS Newshour.
CBS13 Investigates: What’s being done in California to control the flesh-eating drug “xylazine”?
April is Alcohol Awareness Month
Alcohol misuse is responsible for thousands of deaths and traffic crashes each year
Sacramento – The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) recognizes the importance of Alcohol Awareness Month every April due to the high number of alcohol-related deaths each year in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 140,000 people die each year from excessive alcohol useOpens in new window. In 2020, 11,654 people died in alcohol-related car crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

“Raising awareness is important in preventing alcohol-related deaths and traffic crashes,” said ABC Director Eric Hirata. “Alcohol Awareness Month is an opportunity to talk about the dangers of alcohol misuse and promote safety on our roads.”

The effects of alcohol misuse are both deadly and expensive. Alcohol is the fourth-leading cause of preventable death in the United States, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA), and about 18.5% of all emergency room visits involve alcohol. The financial burden of alcohol misuse cost the U.S. an estimated $249 billion in 2010. NHTSA estimates that drunk driving crashes cost the U.S. $44 billion annually
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