House lawmakers are restructuring their bipartisan task forces dedicated to combating the drug epidemic and expect the chamber to consider behavioral health legislation this year, members told CQ Roll Call. The push is spearheaded by four lawmakers in an effort to broaden the scope of legislative efforts beyond opioids to include all forms of addiction and mental health... The co-chairs’ first action will be to introduce a resolution that would designate September as National Recovery Month. The former Bipartisan Opioid Task Force released an agenda of bills each session, and Kuster says the new group’s agenda will be “coming out shortly.” “In the next couple of months, we’ll come right out with it,” said Kuster, pointing to other bipartisan successes such as a 2016 medical research law that included resources for treatment and prevention of mental illness and addiction. Congress has passed multiple wide-ranging laws in recent years to fund prevention and expand treatment of substance use and mental health disorders. Fitzpatrick said the task force intends to meet with the president and vice president once the group has its agenda.
To disease, or not to disease? In addiction circles, that is still the controversial question, despite its official, decades-long recognition as such by the American Medical Association (AMA). Notably, several other Western democracies don’t formally classify addiction as a disease – even though the most prolific treatment for addiction, 12 Step programs, are openly recognized and encouraged. Let’s discuss why “disease” is one word that should be abandoned from addiction terminology.
SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Disease Model Proponents Are the Climate Change Deniers of Our Field Date: | Contributor: Source: FilterMag (December 2019) | Category: Summary and Analysis... An important statement of the problem and consequences of adopting an overly-medicalized view of addiction. In part, it says: "Convincing us that addiction is inevitable and inescapable—in the face of ubiquitous evidence that it is
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SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW The science of addiction remains unsettled Date: | Contributor: Source: CSDAP Original Content | Category: Conversations about the underlying nature of addiction often turn contentious. Sometimes, they devolve into disputes with the character and zeal of a holy war. The prevailing wisdom holds that addiction is a disease, often likened to diabetes. That perspective is practically the only
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SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Addiction is a Complex Condition Date: | Contributor: Category: History has made it clear there is no simplistic, single-model solution to addiction. We can’t arrest our way out of the problem, nor can we eliminate drug abuse by trying to scare everyone out of starting. Similarly, it’s long been known there are many pathways to recovery. In our attempts to
SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Date: | Contributor: Source: ( ) | Category: Summary and Analysis... Ohio is now debating the validity of keeping counseling as part of the requirements for patients that are administered Suboxone in order to fight an opioid addiction. Several doctors are espousing the position that counseling is not effective and that therefore adding more
SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Date: | Contributor: Source: ( ) | Category: Summary and Analysis... The dark side of addiction encompasses the addiction itself, all the illegal and legal plethora associated with drugs including needles, pills, liquids and even strips. These are the physical objects. The human component, the person that struggles with the addiction, is often the
A few years ago, a friend of mine decided to quit smoking. She didn’t follow any pre-set plan, like Nicotine Anonymous, or do any research. Instead, she just quit. She also took up running, and around the same time started dating someone new—someone who didn’t smoke. She’s been cigarette-free ever since. We tend to think that stopping an addictive behavior means joining a group, seeing a therapist, going to a treatment center, or taking a medication that helps with cravings. It may come as a surprise to you—it certainly surprised me—that some people break addictions without any help. It turns