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Ever since the United States Congress passed the Health Care Reform bill, I’ve been curious what the impact of the bill will be on alcohol/substance abuse treatment and prevention services. Slowly, more information is becoming available on this matter.

According to the Legal Action Center, all of the new plans that are created “will be required to cover mental health and substance use disorder services.” Specifically,

  • Addiction and mental health benefits will be provided in the same manner as all other basic medical care.
  • A national prevention council will be created with the leadership of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
  • There will be a new fund for public health and prevention that will distribute $15 billion over the course of 10 years in order to promote prevention in homes, schools and workplaces. (more…)
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Over the last 10 years, reality television has continued to grow in popularity and has highlighted dating, the every day life of celebrities, and weight loss stories. More recently, shows that depict individual’s struggles with alcohol and substance abuse have grown in popularity.

MTV’s “True Life” series occasionally looked into the daily activities of people who drank frequently or abused drugs. Then VH1 started “Celebrity Rehab” where stars supposedly tried to change their ways. A&E’s “Intervention” won an Emmy in 2009. And after tomorrow night these shows will be joined by “Addicted,” brought to us by TLC.

The shows have depicted individuals at their worst moments, when they are often saying and doing things they wouldn’t if they were sober. Sometimes they are graphic, showing heroin users shooting up or drunks falling and hurting themselves.

An article in the Washington Post recently raised an important question–do these shows actually offer a chance for the people depicted to successfully recover?

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Officials in Suffolk County on Long Island, NY will announce a new public health initiative next week. This initiative will dispense Suboxone, a treatment for opiate addiction, at a clinic in the county. While patients are on the drug, they will receive long-term counseling.

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