Helping Families in Addiction & Mental Health Crisis!!!
The Nation’s Number One Health Problem Alcoholism and drug dependence across all societal boundaries, affect both genders, every ethnic group, and people in every tax bracket.
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologicallypursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.
Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability orpremature death.
“There is no illness currently being treated that will be more affected by the Mental Health Law than addiction,”. “That’s because we have a system of treatment that was built for a time when they didn’t understand that addiction was an illness.”
The new law designates addiction treatment as an “essential health benefit” for most commercial insurance plans, meaning the plans must cover it.
Substance abuse treatment is to a large extent publicly funded, and run by counselors who have limited medical training, according to the article. Programs are already running over capacity in many places, and have been hit by government budget cuts. The increase in patients could result in long waiting lists, treatment agencies warn.
According to the Survey on Drug Use and Health, 23.1 million people ages 12 and older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem last year, but only 2.5 million received treatment at a specialty facility. About one-quarter of those who need treatment but do not receive it due to lack of treatment centres.