Initiative 3 – Mental Health and Addiction Recovery
Encouraging healthy minds and drug-free bodies.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism. – Carl Jung
Envisioned Goal: Trinity seeks proposed projects that will address the needs for mental health support and addiction prevention/recovery in our region. A range of needs have been identified including substance abuse, homelessness, veterans care, depression, case management, suicide prevention, prevention or treatment of drug use during pregnancy, and providing mental health services in rural areas. Trinity seeks projects that address these issues and provide an ongoing viable operating structure after the Trinity funds end.
Background: Mental health treatment, case management and services have been significantly curtailed in our region in recent years with the closure of major governmental in-patient care facilities. The result has been a rise in homelessness and a need for alternative care/treatment approaches. Drug addiction, as it relates to prescription drugs and to homemade drugs is on the rise, particularly in rural areas and the center city. Solutions to these problems are illusive, but we must look to the root causes to get the most improvement for the efforts made.
Examples of Specific Initiatives:
- Policy Transformation: Root cause of many issues related to prescription drug abuse can be traced to over prescribing clinics/doctors and unmonitored filling of prescriptions at offending pharmacies. Strategic approaches to changing public perception and ultimately law related to these root causes are needed.
- Addiction Recovery Programs: New approaches to recovery involve isolation of the addict from any corruptive environment. There is a need for programs that support removal of the addict from the environment that leads to the temptation of addiction. Job training is also a need so that the recovering addict can aspire to become a contributing member of society.
- Addiction Prevention: Prescription drug abuse is leading many unknowingly into a downward spiral. Approaches to limit over-prescription of habit-forming treatments, to reduce the illegal availability of prescription drugs and to educate the unknowing patient to the pitfalls of addictive painkillers are sought.
- Other Projects Related to Mental Health and Addiction Recovery: Partners with innovative ideas and/or successful projects from other regions related to root cause prevention and recovery of mental health, depression, suicide and addiction are encouraged.