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Start from the Beginning: SBIRT Comes to West Virginia

March 27, 2018 | Addictions | Population Health | SBIRT | Comments

Drew Lovejoy

Communications Associate, National Council for Behavioral Health

January 14, 2018, marked a sea change opportunity for health providers in West Virginia. Under the newly granted Section 1115 Medicaid waiver, health care organizations can now provide Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) services and receive payment from Medicaid. In West Virginia, 29 percent of residents are covered by Medicaid and with […]

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Addressing America’s Number One Killer Starts Today

November 14, 2017 | Addictions | Comments

Tom Hill

Vice President, Addiction & Recovery

As we mark the 40th anniversary of the first nationwide Great American Smokeout this Thursday, November 16, we cannot forget that tobacco is the number one cause of preventable deaths in the United States and around the world. The statistics are startling: Cigarette smoking kills nearly half a million Americans each year ­– more than […]

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Resilience: Paving the Road to Recovery

Sarah Flinspach and Tracy Gnadinger

Recovery can mean many different things for many different people. At the National Council for Behavioral Health, we believe that recovery encompasses so much more than a 12-step program; it’s an everyday commitment to health. “Recovery must be the expectation – not the exception – for every individual who experiences active addiction,” wrote Tom Hill, […]

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Raising the Curtain on Recovery

June 29, 2017 | Addictions | LGBTQ | Lived Experience | Comments

Tom Hill

Vice President, Addictions and Recovery

The most important thing to know about me is that I am a person in long-term recovery from addiction. That means that this month – June 2017 – I celebrate 25 continuous years without mind-altering substances. But my life in recovery has meant so much more than not using substances. It’s meant being comfortable in […]

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The Law that Can Save a Life

April 18, 2017 | Addictions | Comments

Gary Mendell

Founder and CEO of Shatterproof

Tens of thousands of our loved ones die every year because they are addicted to prescription opioid pain pills or heroin. In 1999, approximately 6,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose – this includes both prescription painkillers (such as OxyContin, Vicodin, and Percocet) and heroin. By 2015, that number exploded to over 33,000 – more […]

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Breaking out of Our Bubble: Why the Surgeon General’s Report on Addiction Is Still Critical

April 4, 2017 | Addictions | Comments

Special NatCon17 Feature

Join Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and Linda Rosenberg for a Fireside Chat from 2:00 – 3:00 pm in WSCC: 4AB. Today at NatCon17, Linda Rosenberg sits down with U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy for a “fireside chat.” She’ll ask the questions that you would ask – the questions that are top of mind for all […]

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How Marijuana Legalization Changed Behavioral Health in Colorado

March 21, 2017 | Addictions | Comments

Arthur Schut

Arthur Schut Consulting LLC, Denver, Colorado

Colorado citizens voted to amend the state constitution to legalize both medical and non-medical/retail marijuana. The Medical Marijuana Amendment 20 to the Colorado State Constitution was passed in 2000; the Colorado Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Amendment 64, was passed in November 2012. Both constitutional amendments had diverse response in terms of political perspective and reasons for […]

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Medicaid is a Human Issue

March 16, 2017 | Addictions | Healthcare trends | Comments

Joy Burwell

Director, Communications

You’ve seen a lot of numbers detailing the impacts of the health care repeal bill. It is easy to get caught up in the numbers, but it is important to remember those numbers represent people. People like Katie. Katie started taking pain pills in high school and soon found herself taking up to eight a […]

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Finding the Right Alternative for You: Managing Chronic Pain

March 6, 2017 | Addictions | Comments

Erica Hoffman

Communications intern

The nation was shocked when the police department in East Liverpool, Ohio, shared a photo on social media of a couple who had overdosed and passed out in their car. What made this photo so disturbing, and ultimately go viral, was the child who was left in the backseat, staring into the camera. It was […]

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Medication Assisted Treatment: Ready, Set, Implement

February 8, 2017 | Addictions | Comments

Aaron Williams

Senior Director, Training and Technical Assistance for Substance Use

In July, President Obama signed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) that — among other things —  mandates our health care system to use state-of-the-science medications to treat addiction, in combination with other proven treatments. Last year, I attended the official roll-out of the Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health. The report […]

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