Recovery Ways Helps Utah Recovery Community Navigate Holidays with Free Weekly Virtual Series 

The holiday season is traditionally difficult for many, but with the dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases, financial uncertainty, and fundamental changes to family and social traditions, many feel they are nearing a breaking point. The recovery community, in particular, requires additional support during this time. Recovery Ways would like to be a part of the…

Utah’s Criminal Justice Reform Falls Short Without Adequate Access to Addiction Treatment

Utahns with low-level drug convictions are back in court facing fresh charges more often following the Beehive State’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI). A recently published legislative audit on the JRI said, “Utah has not achieved its goal to reduce recidivism.” Recidivism is defined as the tendency of a convicted criminal to reoffend. “Offender treatment services…

Welcoming Our New Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hans Watson

It is my pleasure to announce Hans Watson, D.O., as Recovery Ways’ Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Watson trained in general psychiatry at Wright State University where he dedicated considerable time to aviation medicine.  It was there he became a certified Flight Surgeon for the United States Air Force.  Dr. Watson is a nationally recognized expert in multiple areas including psychotherapy, post-traumatic stress…

Illicit Drugs Laced with Fentanyl Sold in Northern Utah

Fentanyl is the drug most responsible for the increase in overdose deaths in recent years. It is “a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent,” explains the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). “It is a prescription drug that is also made and used illegally.” Illicit fentanyl is…

Dangerous Misuse of Anxiety Drug Phenibut on the Rise

A dangerous substance from the 1960s is making a comeback in the United States. Phenibut, a central nervous system depressant with anxiolytic effects, used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and other conditions was developed in the Soviet Union for medical use in the 1960s. It is still used in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Latvia to treat…

MTV 16 and Recovering

“16 and Recovering”—A Different Way to Portray Addiction and Recovery

“The major media outlets have long been chastised for the content and style of their coverage of alcohol- and drug-related problems. Such criticisms include the glamorization of drug use, the demonization of drug users, and charges that the media is complicit in ineffective drug policies. Few have raised parallel concerns that popular media coverage of addiction recovery is rare,…

FDA Announces Stronger Warning for Benzodiazepines

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in September 2020 that it would require a new warning label for a class of psychiatric drugs called benzodiazepines in order to better inform the public and health professionals about the serious risks of misuse and addiction. Benzodiazepines—sometimes referred to as “benzos”—are commonly prescribed for anxiety, insomnia, seizures,…

Psychiatric Comorbidities May Increase Risk for Polysubstance Use Disorder.

Every day, almost 200 Americans die of a drug overdose, often involving opioids. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “more than 30 percent of overdoses involving opioids also involve benzodiazepines, a type of prescription sedative commonly prescribed for anxiety or to help with insomnia.” Benzodiazepines (also called “benzos”) include diazepam (Valium), alprazolam…

Heroes Health Initiative

“Healthcare workers on the frontlines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic are being called heroes, and we can all see why”, wrote Matthew Lewis, et al. on Statnews in May. “They have been asked to treat huge numbers of very sick people in a shifting landscape without sufficient personal protective equipment or coordination. Some have seen…