The business case for building an integrated model of care

August 4, 2015  |  Julia Brown, Associate Editor
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The business case for integration is in the cost savings as well as patient and provider satisfaction. But making such a change can be hard.

What college students want in recovery

August 3, 2015  |  Megan Combs, Associate Editor
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Speaker Robert Ashford identified the best and least beneficial programs to college students in recovery at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders.

Research leader: Addiction field needs new model to make integrated care happen

August 3, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Treatment Research Institute (TRI) adviser David Gastfriend, MD, says the SBIRT model for reaching individuals in need of substance use treatment needs to be turned on its head.

Leverage population health to compete in today’s market

August 3, 2015  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Mental health and substance use treatment providers must learn to speak the language of other stakeholders and play a role in population health initiatives

11 strategies for change in the war on drugs

August 3, 2015  |  Julia Brown, Associate Editor
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Prescription drugs (Rx) have changed the game. In 2011, Rx overdoses surpassed car crashes as the number one cause of accidental death in U.S. Then opioids arrived on the scene like The Beatles during the British Invasion. Here's how you can help.

How to be a disruptive force in addiction treatment

August 2, 2015  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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According to the clinical leader of an emerging treatment network, organizations must disrupt the status quo because we owe it to ourselves and our patients to do better.

How men are raised creates roadblocks to successful treatment

August 2, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A leading voice in men's addiction treatment told a National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) workshop audience that the rules that society urges men to live by tend to be the opposite of what works for successful therapy.

Healthy versus unhealthy sexual relationships: Do you know the difference?

August 2, 2015  |  Megan Combs, Associate Editor
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You have to know the difference between a healthy and unhealthy sexual relationship before you can do any counseling on the subject, NCAD speakers said.

Addressing trauma must become standard operating process

August 2, 2015  |  Julia Brown, Associate Editor
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Being trauma informed in treatment matters. In fact, Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, LCSW, said it doesn’t even make sense to provide treatment without understanding an individual’s trauma history.

The future is all about 'the card'

August 1, 2015  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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While financing in the past has typically been centered on public funding, block grants or self-pay clients, the future is all about the card—the insurance card, that is.

Blogs

Is interest in e-cigarettes waning?

July 24, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
After a 2014 of booming growth in electronic cigarette use, the most recent retail data indicate that both buyers' and sellers' interest may be down.

Inpatient or Outpatient Addiction Treatment: Which Makes the Most Sense?

July 23, 2015     Roland Reeves, MD
Alcohol and drug addiction is a highly complex disease, but the good news is that even people who have struggled with substance abuse and addiction for many years can recover and live healthy, productive lives. Although any attempt at treatment is a step in the right direction, the best solution is...

Why are treatment decisions being made by insurance companies rather than doctors?

July 7, 2015     Roland Reeves, MD
There has been a trend over the past few years for even general medical disorders to be treated based on decision not made by medical professionals. Insurance companies determine what kind of treatments they “allow” and what medicines they “allow”, even what surgeries they “allow”. Their...

Treatment leaders continue to examine gray areas around ethics

June 30, 2015     Rebecca Flood
The uncomfortable but necessary discussions around organizational ethics continue in the addiction treatment field, and the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) continues to assess its role on the subject.