Florida moves closer to certification process for state's sober homes

April 20, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Legislation that would bar Florida addiction treatment centers from referring patients to a non-certified recovery home in the state has passed in the state House and awaits final action in the Senate.

BREAKING: NAATP chooses Ventrell, will move to Denver

April 16, 2015     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
Marvin Ventrell, JD, former director of community and alumni relations at Harmony Foundation in Colorado, has been named the new chief executive of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP).

States make case for more funding of drug treatments for opioid addiction

April 15, 2015     Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
Addiction Professional spoke to high-level officials in two states that have set the pace in expanding access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction.

Hazelden Betty Ford intensifies its advocacy presence

April 14, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The opioid crisis will serve as the initial central issue of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's new Institute for Recovery Advocacy.

NIDA sees promise in heroin vaccine

April 13, 2015     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
NIDA director Nora Volkow says the heroin vaccine works exceptionally well in rats and is moving ever closer to human trials.

Programs' long-term outcome data must become more accessible

April 10, 2015     Sigurd Ackerman, MD
A lack of transparency and standardization in addiction and mental health programs' reporting of outcomes leaves consumers and families uncertain about their best treatment options.

CMS announces proposed parity rule for Medicaid

April 8, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A proposed rule that will be officially published on April 10 would extend protections of the federal behavioral health parity law to millions of Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries.

Striking sculpture inspires treatment center residents

April 8, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A 16-foot-tall bronze sculpture in the lobby at Futures of Palm Beach carries forward the theme of gaining strength by helping one another.

Reports call for closer attention to drug testing accuracy

April 7, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A research leader believes addiction treatment programs must take a broader view of drug testing's capacity as a tool for treatment.

Music takes center stage

April 6, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
At Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center, the power of song brings recovery work to life.

5 tips for helping patients reach their 'aha' moment

April 3, 2015     Julia Brown, Associate Editor
Patients often get stuck and are unable to progress further in treatment. Licensed counselor Courtney Armstrong, MEd, author of The Therapeutic “Aha!”: 10 Strategies for Getting your Clients Unstuck offers advice for helping clients overcome this hurdle.

Methadone still tugs at emotions

April 3, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A Florida medical detox facility's administrator does not hide his concerns about what he sees with methadone prescribing.

ONDCP director closes conference with embrace of MAT

April 2, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Michael Botticelli said as plainly as possible that medication treatments represent the standard of care for prescription opioid and heroin addiction.
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