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Episode 67: Opioid Addiction and the ADA

Wednesday, April 3, 2019


Episode 67 Resources: Opioid Addiction and the ADA
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Mike Yow, Fellowship Hall Drug & Alcohol Recovery Center
Kelly Scaggs, Fellowship Hall Drug & Alcohol Recovery Center


Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids, including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.

In the next two episodes of ADA Live!, we will explore the opioid crisis from a number of different angles — from treatment to the protections offered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and from the justice system to legal and responsible use of opioids to treat chronic pain.

In the first episode of this series, will focus on the treatment for opioid addiction and the protections under the ADA. Rebecca Williams, technical specialist of the Southeast ADA Center, will discuss the protections that people in treatment have under the ADA. Mike Yow & clinical staff of Fellowship Hall, will discuss the treatment approach Fellowship Hall uses, applying the Narcotics Anonymous principles and steps. This approach is often considered by professionals in the field of addiction as “the grandfather of treatment.”  Fellowship Hall is a private, not-for-profit facility in North Carolina treating adult men and women with substance use disorder. Fellowship Hall has also earned the reputation of being a center of teaching excellence.

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Fellowship Hall
Fellowship Hall was begun as the dream of four recovering alcoholic businessmen who wanted to help others suffering from the disease of alcoholism. Fellowship Hall’s treatment program, focusing on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, was modeled after the program used at Harbor House in Memphis, Tennessee. Fellowship Hall opened for business on December 21, 1971. Fellowship Hall is a 99-bed private, not-for-profit 501(c) (3) facility treating adult men and women. The original program has expanded to serve those suffering from drug addiction, utilizing the Narcotics Anonymous principles and steps. Fellowship Hall offers a continuum of care to meet individuals where they are in the progression of their addiction disease. Fellowship Hall is a member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) and the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC).  They ascribe to both an internal code of ethics and values and alignment with NAATP’s Quality Assurance Initiative and ethical code. They support NAATP’s Treatment Discernment Selection Guide.  You can find out more by visiting: