Volume 37 | March 2023

Welcome to our Spring 2023 newsletter! With the first day of Spring just around the corner on March 20, we are excited to share with you the joy and beauty of this season of renewal and rejuvenation. As the natural world bursts forth with vibrant colors and new life, we invite you to celebrate the end of winter and embrace the warmth and sunshine of Spring.

March Newsletter Highlights

  • Spring Forward with Purpose by Mitigating Treatment Bias
  • Understanding Trauma-Informed Care
  • Register for the CADTP Spring Conference
  • Explore training opportunities and counselor resources
  • March is Women's History Month!

All Our Best,

Spring Forward with Purpose by Mitigating Treatment Bias
Healthcare bias often manifests as a lack of access to care due to stigma, discrimination, and inadequate treatment resources.
By Dr. Nola Veazie, CADC-II

Treatment bias in healthcare continues to be problematic for underrepresented communities, because it creates barriers that prevent access to comprehensive care. This construct is defined as the propensity to offer poor quality patient care to people in underserved communities, based on race, gender, or social class, including people suffering from substance use disorder. This stems from implicit biases held by healthcare provides who serve underrepresented communities.

A study conducted by Jarrett Sell and Adam Visconti (2020) showed that primary care doctors demonstrated disproportionately lower engagement with IV drug users due to a lesser regard for patients with substance use disorder. Moreover, providers who aren’t aware of certain implicit biases interact negatively with certain clients based on personal characteristics, identities, or traits such as race or gender.

Understanding Trauma-Informed Care
Trauma-informed care is an approach to treatment that recognizes the widespread impact of trauma and emphasizes physical, psychological, and emotional safety. It also seeks to empower clients and emphasizes their strengths and resilience.

Substance use disorders often co-occur with trauma. Trauma can take many forms, including physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological abuse, neglect, or witnessing violence. When working with clients who have experienced trauma, it's important for SUD counselors to provide trauma-informed care.

To provide trauma-informed treatment, counselors should:
  1. Recognize the prevalence of trauma: Many individuals seeking treatment for substance use disorders have experienced trauma. It's important for counselors to understand the impact of trauma on individuals and their behavior.

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Training Opportunities
CADTP Spring Conference
Spring Forward with Purpose
May 17 & 18, 2023
Embassy Suites By Hilton
La Quinta Hotel and Spa

With a wide array of presenters and SUD counseling topics, this conference is sure to supercharge your career and provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel. Register now and take advantage of this unique opportunity!
The objective of this webinar series is to elevate evidence based clinical practices to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder and address management of complex patients with co-occurring disorders, co-morbidities, and/or co-occurring substance use. Content will address stimulants (methamphetamine and cocaine) and fentanyl and include an emphasis to improve care for vulnerable priority populations (including but not limited to youth, American Indian/Alaska Native populations, and persons experiencing homelessness.) This support initiative is a six-part series.

Continuing the Conversation – Stigma in Healthcare
Tuesday, March 28th, 2023 • 12 – 1pm PDT

Online CEU Training
Search the Aspira catalog for CEUs of your choice. Search by state and topic.
Check out the newest offering of online CEUs by AGMC Services. New courses released: Registrant 9-hour, Registrant Renewal, Anger Management, and more!
Resources for the SUD Counselor
The Best Explanation of Addiction I’ve Ever Heard
– Dr. Gabor Maté
Dr. Gabor Maté is a Canadian physician and author. He has a background in family practice and a special interest in childhood development, trauma and potential lifelong impacts on physical and mental health. See more of Dr. Gabor's work at Wholehearted.org
Check out all of the resources on the CADTP Counselors Website
March is Women's History Month
This year's theme is "Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories"
Women's History Month is important because it celebrates the contributions and achievements of women throughout history and recognizes the obstacles they have overcome to make a positive impact on society. It also serves as an opportunity to acknowledge the ongoing struggle for gender equality and to inspire future generations of women to break down barriers and achieve their full potential.

The Women’s History Month theme for 2023 is, “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.” Throughout 2023, the NWHA will encourage recognition of women, past and present, who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling including print, radio, TV, stage, screen, blogs, podcasts, and more. The timely theme honors women in every community who have devoted their lives and talents to producing art, pursuing truth, and reflecting the human condition decade after decade.
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