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The Insurance Issue

“More than 70,000 Americans died of overdoses in 2017, yet insurers spent only 1% of their total health care dollars on treatment for substance use disorders — a decrease from two years earlier,” reports Patrick J. Kennedy, author of “Mental health and addiction care are poorly covered by insurance networks.” Kennedy speaks of a newRead More

Navigating the System

Camalot Todd, the author of “Navigating The System: The Holding Center’s History with Mental Health, Suicides, and Substance Use,” writes that “in every country in the U.S. that has both a county jail and a county psychiatric facility, more seriously mentally ill people are incarcerated than hospitalized” (The Treatment Advocacy Center). This needs to change.Read More

“Comorbid Substance Use Disorder Raises Risk of Treatment-Resistant Depression”

Current or recent substance use disorder may be a risk factor for treatment resistance among patients with depression. This discovery is according to the results of a Swedish nested case-control study published in Addiction. Philip Brenner, MD, Ph.D., and his colleagues of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, used “Swedish governmental healthcare registers and dataRead More

Treatment Dropout

Sara Lappan, Ph.D., did a study titled, “Dropout rate of in-person psychosocial substance use disorder treatments: a systematic review and meta-analysis.” Using data from substance use disorder treatments from 1965 to 2016, Lappan found that “approximately 30% of participants in psychosocial substance use disorder treatments do not finish the programs.” News reports have indicated thatRead More

Recovery Through Neuroimaging

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prescription opioids have become increasingly dangerous, leading to more than 300,000 deaths in the United States. Research needs to continue so that doctors can find new ways to treat addictions and save lives. “Forging Neuroimaging Targets for Recovery in Opioid Use Disorder” does just that. ThisRead More

“New Tools Needed in the Fight Against Substance Use Disorder”

“The infrastructure around treatment must be strengthened by equipping medical professionals with the tools to manage patients with substance use disorders,” said Lori Trahan and James L. Baker in an article for the Boston Globe. Trahan is a US Representative of Massachusetts and a member of the Bipartisan Freshman Working Group on Addiction. Baker servedRead More

Mental Illness Doesn’t Have to Become a Jail Sentence

In a story titled “When Mental Illness Becomes a Jail Sentence” for The Atlantic, author Paul Tullis describes scenarios where people with mental illnesses end up in jail. Instead of incarceration, these people should be receiving treatment for their mental health conditions. “Arrestees who are mentally incompetent to stand trial are supposed to be sentRead More

Going Beyond AA

“The Alcoholics Anonymous model has worked for drinkers and drug addicts for decades. But there are other options too,” says Lisa Lombardi, author of “Beyond the 12 Steps” for TIME Magazine’s Special Edition: The Science of Addiction. In her article, Lombardi focuses on methods aside from Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and other similar 12-Step programs.Read More

Treating Addiction as a Disease

Addictions are complicated, and roadblocks in recovery can feel insurmountable. Some people with addictions also struggle with food or behaviors like shopping or sex. These co-occurring issues can increase the complications of treating someone with a substance use disorder. Process addictions make it difficult to proceed in recovery because these very behaviors are necessary andRead More

Don’t Give in to Peer Pressure to Look Cool

For many young adults, peer pressure is a very real thing that makes them want to engage in certain activities to look cool. Peer pressure can come from people you hang out with, but can also come from media. Substance use is portrayed in movies, television shows, and commercials as something cool to engage in.Read More