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What You Know 'Bout it?
*Dr. Crevecoeur-MacPhail said that Vivitrol in place of Naltraxone has proven effective short-term in treating alcohol and opiod addiction.
*Dr. Chucharoen said that exercise increases dopamine and helps mitagate opiod cravings.

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*Dr. Jaffe said that finding the right treatment fit is like finding a needle in a haystack due to the resistence to Harm Reduction acceptance among the provider community. 

*Dr. Pankow said clinicians are more amenable to bupenorphine as opposed to methadone in opiod addiction treatment. 


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Lucious Conway becomes UNITEDHEALTHCARE Group provider


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Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, Lucious Conway, CRPA, 
Dr. Gregory Bunt President of the New York Society of Addiction Medicine, and the President-Elect of the International Society of Addiction Medicine.

December 11, 2014 Deborah Adler, Senior VP of Network Development for  Optum Health, doing business  under contract with New York State as UnitedHealth of New York executed a contract with Lucious Conway, Manager Member of Recovery Coaching Service of New York, LLC (RCS). making RCS the first Substance Use Disorder (SUD)  peer operated, for-profit entity in the State of New York authorized to bill Medicaid directly for services provided to Centers Plan for Healthy Living Members throug out New York City's 5 boroughs.  "You are a pioneer," Tara Caruso, New York City and Long Island Regional Network Manager for Optum told Mr. Conway. To which he laughingly stated, "Or a guinea pig, depending on how you look at it."
Certified SUD peer support service is indeed a new role in the traditional addiction treatment continuum of care fueled by the "pan-recovery movement" that has been sweeping America as well as the rest of the world for nearly ten years. Courses in Recovery Coaching (SUD/pan-recovery centered training) led by the theories of Bill White were codified through various state curriculums including the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery, which both Connecticut and New York State utilize as the standard of formal education for Recovery Coaches, and also one of the requirements to test for and possibly receive Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) credentialing by New York State through The Association of Substance Abuse Providers' certification entity New York Certification Board or the Florida Certification Board's created New York Certification Association.  CRPA credentials are a pre-requisite for Medicaid billing for SUD peer services currently at $10.50 per 15 minute unit of service. 
At Mr. Conway's last count there were all of 50 individuals throughout New York State possessing the CRPA credential. And , he remains one and indeed was among the first few to be so privileged. It is this distinction that initially qualified Mr. Conway's CRPA services to be billed for. However, throughout 2014 when 822 Outpatient Clinics throughout the state could have hired individuals with the credentials or subcontracted with RCS for the services and then billed Medicaid, absolutely none did. Mr. Conway recalls a conversation with a Program Director at one clinic who stated to him, "there was no way for the clinic to make money off of the position and so his CEO would not be interested in utilizing the services of CRPAs." This sad reality left all 50 of the credentialed CRPA's in the state with a credential for which they paid from $125 to $250 to test as well as additional $150.00 to pay for Recovery Coach Ethics training, not to mention incidental costs associated with getting to and from classes as well as testing sites. 
The financial aspects of CRPA credentialing is significant, if for no other reason than that many of the persons who took Recovery Coach training were addicts themselves, some were still in treatment programs while attending the training and had been sent to the training by their treatment provider. Each addicts tuition was paid for through $150 individual grants from  New York State OASAS out of a $13 million dollar four year Access to Recovery Grant awarded by the United States Department of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA).  But, additional money for the ethics training was not a part of the grant and these bootstrapping addicts had to come up with the funds to complete the training, because without the Ethics of the position there was little to nothing you could do with the intensive 5 day 40 hour training the state paid for through the federal grant.
So each addict that came up with the money for the Ethics training and transportation to and from this three day 15 hour course had to believe that at the very least "a job" awaited them on the other side of their sacrifice and effort to reinvent for themselves a better, drug abuse free lifestyle, helping others from similar circumstance or suffering the same disease.  While most waited for "a job" Mr. Conway started a business... RCS ,and said he could see how the CRPA role would be integrated into the SUD continuum of care, but not only that, how the CRPA would ultimately become the peer point person initially until the peer or other free services would wrap around the peer in community to promote, through self-direction, individual wellness. 
Mr. Conway had previously written two recovery ritual books or manuals, "My Daily Alcoholic and Addict P.R.A.H.R. (Prevention, Recovery and Help Ritual)" and "My Daily Recovery Ritual" based on a self-directed, wellness driven cognitive behavioral treatment he created and  called Emotion Dispositional Therapy and self- published both books in print, kindle and audio formats. Mr. Conway began to go to AA and NA meetings throughout Harlem, New York speaking about his addiction and his books, later to find an opportunity to take Recovery Coach training. 
It was Mr. Conway's encounter with Recovery Coach Training that opened the door for him to Keynote and Moderate the OMICs Group  International 2013 Addiction Research and Therapy Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. There Mr. Conway shared his theories, research and treatment with behavioral scientists from all over the world, and which included leaders in addiction research and treatment here in America from ivy league colleges and universities as well as leaders in current treatment protocols. Being among so many of them and despite his constant correction, they insisted on referring to him as Dr. Conway. 
Mr. Conway continued to pursue the path to make the role of CRPA one of great worth, esteem and usefulness by creating the first and only non-clinical subjective, objective, analysis and plan (S.O.A.P.) notation system for CRPA's for use in Electronic Health Records environments as well as hardcopy record keeping modalities. Staying in the loop and becoming involved in the OASAS run Recovery Implementation Team meetings Mr. Conway met Peg Ulmer of Optum Health, who lead the 2 year study on the utilization of peers in treatment and bridger capacities and the phenomenal results in both positive patient/client physical and psychological health as well as health care cost outcomes. When visionary Mr. Conway, met researcher Ms. Ulmer, preparation met opportunity and though nearly 3/4s of year have passed, finally the visionary's vision is a reality and the researchers work adhered. 
There is no reinventing of the wheel here, there is only rolling them out and placing them on vehicles (clinics and individuals in treatment) ready to move from stagnancy to progress. So, Mr. Conway's RCS is taking all New York City UnitedHealth members eligible for services and is open to contracting with other behavioral health insurance providers in New York State. Lest one think Mr. Conway is a one man band, he has and does maintain close contact with the 49 other CRPA's in the state and keeps himself apprised of those to follow. 
A proof is in the pudding kind of guy, like Sy Sperling, President and Client of Hair Club for Men, Mr. Conway is and remains an RCS client of the self-directed, wellness driven nature. After being drug and alcohol free for nearly 3 years now, he is nicotine free for almost 2 years and has significantly reduced his intake of processed refined sugars. He is also living his dream of being a great Jazz singer, a la Sinatra and performs weekly at several notable venues in Harlem in white tie and tails with his band. 
So for CRPA services or just to book a great Jazz Band for your next dinner party Mr. Conway may be found at and at or you may call 718.514.4560 or email luciousinenewyork@g

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         Lucious, CRPA and CEO of Recovery Coaching Service of New York, LLC

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After Recovery

Lucious Conway, Certified Addiction Recovery Coach
Before recovery, Lucious the addict and criminal

Before Recovery

Role Modeling Recovery : Living Your Best Life
May 15, 2014

Lecturing at City University of New York to Social Work undergrads and at Columbia University to Social Work MSW post grads, in addition to presenting practicums for peer organizations implementing the Recovery Coaching/Recovery Peer Advocacy practice is humbling and rewarding. Today, I help recoverees all over the world via my website, social media, telephone, and face-to-face modalities for little or no pay (New York State has still not implemented the Medicaid reimbursable Certified Recovery Peer Advocate position within the 822 outpatient clinics and the outpatient clinics are still resisting their implementation for various reasons, not the least of which is current clinical treatment staff job security concerns). And, the most important lesson I have learned for myself remains, unless my wellness reflects a life well lived none of the peers I help would put stock in anything I say.

The key question that never fails to open the door of rapport and possibility in my peer engagements is: "What does your best life look like?" This question I ask and answer in my daily interactions and affairs with myself and others, always focusing on my big picture and the small details required to get me there. As a direct result of my recovery pathway (21 days of traditional inpatient rehab, where I developed my own Emotion Dispositional Therapy and codified it in two ritual books, the first developed in that rehab within those 21 days) I'm living my dream of being a professional Jazz Singer! That means I get paid (more for singing Jazz than providing the university lectures, peer organization practicums and direct recovery coaching/peer advocacy services) to sing Jazz in some historical Harlem clubs, backed up by some notable Jazz and R&B musicians. This is my idea of what my best life looks like. And, it gives me great joy to hand out my business cards afterwards that say "Recovery Coaching Service of New York, LLC, Lucious Conway, Certified Addiction Recovery Coach".

This never fails to get the response, "What is a recovery coach?" And, we've got liftoff... I mean outreach. In the nightclub. In the bar. There is liquor and beer flowing. People are high on some of everything and not ashamed to say so (mostly because they're high on some of everything). For me, this is modeling recovery or better still this is living my best life. Of course in many instances people begin then and there talking to me about their issue more than that of someone they know. Be it alcohol, cocaine, crack, marijuana. They just open up.

We sit and have an exchange, the degree of which is predicated on how lucid they appear to me and if the conversation is at least curtailing their addiction indulgence. You see, I don't mind being a distraction from addiction even if it's temporary. I have seen it end in cessation for the moment, the night and some I have not seen in a long time since. Very few follow up directly with me. But, from the world over I see hits on my website, replete with self-directed wellness driven resources that people who are anonymous to me are using. So, I am happy.

There was one guy I met who suffered from what he said, his therapist said, was clinical depression and he self-identified as an alcoholic. He recently took his own life. Yes, it is heartbreaking, but then life is often heartbreaking which is why I require a program (for me, the one I created for me) to help me manage those moments. Additionally, the catharsis that I experience through singing affords me a safe and healthy outlet for potentially destructive emotions. As well, staying well in all 7 dimensions of wellness in varying degrees of course insures internal balance despite negative external events.

Of Certified Recovery Peer Advocates in New York State (Medicaid reimbursable), and their counterparts worldwide, it is imperative that the peer... person or persons is/are (as in family, friends and support network) able to see in what we do the practice of the principles in what we say. In this way only is the proof of a best life observed in such a way as to translate the skill of one's recovery experience into the expertise worthy of remuneration, recognition and replication.

To see the principles of self-directed, wellness-driven recovery create personal pathways for those I aid that lead to their individually designed best life is like watching a caterpillar morph into a butterfly from within the cocoon. It is awesome, inspiring and constantly reinforcing the truth of my ability to continue to live my best life because it improves the lives of those with whom I come in contact.

It is in this way I model the recovery in which I want to live and live my best life in the recovery which I model.

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(Part II on Peer Support Page)