Time between drug use and treatment entry averages 15.6 years.
Read more about a new report from SAMHSA. The study, based on 669,000 adults, found gender differences as well as those for alcohol use (longest), prescription pain medications (shortest). ... []
Measuring Recovery -- new tools and new directions
MHA Village, an integrated service program in Long Beach, Cal., created a tool to guide treatment services along a path of the recovery of clients. David Pilon and Mark Ragins explain how they use Measures of Recovery (MORS) to help clients attain self-defined goals on the way to recovery. []
Berwick keynotes National Council meetings
Donald Berwick keynotes San Diego's meeting of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. Watch the on video presentation, including questions and answers from the audience. []
Veterans Day -- a reminder of mental health prioirities
salute-flag.jpgWith Veterans Day comes a salute to soldiers. And a reminder of the obligations to meet the inner wars many bring home. From a selection of articles addressing the mental health scars of battle, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction and suicide. . . []
106,000 Soldiers are prescribed some form of pain, depression or anxiety medications.
Read Army Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention from the United States Army.... []
State news: Florida, Illinois, MInnesota
Illinois was ordered ordered to move people out of a state hospitals and nursing homes and into the community by the end of the year. A similar decision was made in New York. According to the the Chicago Sun Times. Illinois spends more to keep adults in institutions than any other state. . . []
Benefits of parity law showing
Equal payments for mental health services, parity for shorthand, kicked in on Jan. 1 and some people are beginning to see the effects even before the entire set of regulations go are released in July.. . []
The bar for normal -- DSM update
Advancing the conversation about revising the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, DSM-V, On the Media's Brooke Gladstone. . . []
From community mental health to substance abuse treatment: bridging treatment cultures
Dr. David Moltz describes how his work with opiod dependent clients incorporated approaches from his successful career in community psychiatry. Read more about the practical solutions he introduced to substance abuse treatment. []
Last year about 30.9 million people drove under the influence of alcohol.
Read more from the National Institute of Drug Abuse about patterns of drivers, age 12 and older, reporting alcohol and drug use. ... []
Mental health in health reform
Advocacy organizations are getting behind the House bill for health reform (HR 3962) citing benefits to those with a mental illness or addictive disorder. Organizations such as AARP and the American Medical Association, announced . . . []
Vaccine for cocaine dependence promising
An NIH-supported study investigating a vaccine to treat cocaine addiction reports promising results, according to Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). . . . []
Thought parity was a done deal?
. . .Think again []
Parity sets stage for reform, says Kennedy
Rep. Patrick Kennedy, co-sponsor of insurance parity, has been ahead of the pack calling for the inclusion of mental illnesses in health reform. . . []
162nd APA kicks off in San Francisco
. . .Monday morning []
Stimulus package boosts mental health research
The National Institutes of Health will dedicate $200 million to aid research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH). Each agency has identified priorities in target areas for understanding cost-effective interventions and treatments, bioethical issues raised by technology and information systems, and genetic and stem-cell research. Interest has been intense for the grants with an April 27 due date, said an NIMH spokesperson. The complete list of additional eligible grant categories... []
Another try to regulate tobacco
A bill (HR 1256) to allow the FDA to regulate smoking is long overdue said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Cal.). The powerful committee chairman signed up 124 co-sponsors for a smoking prevention bill which he introduced on March 3. (It is similar to a bill (HR 1108) the House passed last year.) Despite support for regulating nicotine, some doubt the FDA is capable of regulating this industry, and critics fear the intent is to eliminate rather than control nicotine. Smoking is... []
Overall costs of substance abuse and addiction exceeds $500 billion.
Read more from the National Institute of Drug Abuse.... []
Drug treatment to reduce crime recidivism
The criminal justice system has five gateways for helping offenders with an addictive disorder get treatment. Informed by neuroscience and the biology of addiction and treatment, authors of an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) urge they become opportunities for interventions. Research has shown that chronic drug use alters the brain's circuitry which affects behavior. Treatment upon returning to the community is a key to reducing recidivism, say these authors who are part of the National... []
Treatments lag for substance use
Research appearing in the January 2009 issue of Psychiatric Services indicates fewer parents in the child welfare system are offered treatment for substance use if they do not also have a mental illness. At the same time, writes Benedict Carey in the New York Times, it is estimated that "20 million Americans who could benefit from treatment do not get it." A lack of uniformity about models for rehab and recovery has contributed to a recognition that evidence does not... []
Maryland counties return treatment funds
Counties in Maryland regularly return money to the state and leave a treatment gap instead of expanding programs for substance and alcohol addiction, reports the Washington Post.... []
Forecasting treatment costs
A study published in the current issue of Health Affairs forecasts spending to treat mental health and substance abuse conditions will reach $239 billion by 2014. This is double what it was in 2003, but as a proportion of total, it represents a decline of public sector spending on health from 7.5 percent to 6.9 percent. ... []
SAMHSA addresses substance abuse
SAMHSA announced the award of $66 million to medical centers and resident training programs for screening, intervention and treatment for people at risk for substance abuse. ... []
Hats off to Dems
. . .for opening the closet door []
Wellness caucus in Denver a political first

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