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Amid a Boom in Addiction Treatment, Will Big New Players Understand the Old Model Must Change?

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

New players in addiction treatment means it’s only going to get more complex.

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Is the Problem Cultural Incompetence or Racism?

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

    Behavioral health providers hear the call for culturally competent and responsive services. But, there’s another important call to action less discussed — the disparities caused by racism. There is a rising tide of public awareness about the effect of racial bias on public services and the lives of people of color. News stories […]

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Is Alcoholics Anonymous Irrational?

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

It’s important when an article cuts through the noise and provokes our thinking. Last month it was a JAMA opinion piece, Bring Back the Asylum. This month, the most recent issue of The Atlantic includes the article, The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous. Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the three authors of Bring Back the Asylum, is […]

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Suicide Is Not Chosen

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

The death rates for eight of the 10 leading causes of death have decreased significantly, but not for the tenth leading cause — suicide. The national suicide rate has increased to 12.6 suicide deaths per 100,000 and for ages 18 to 35 — the prime of one’s life — only unintentional injuries account for more […]

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Suicide and Addictions: The Neglected Link

September 10, 2013 | Suicide and Addiction | Comments
World Suicide Prevention Day

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Today, September 10th, is World Suicide Prevention Day. A good time to ponder the consequences of what we as a society have long neglected to address — the close link between suicide and addiction disorders. We can’t blame our neglect on ignorance. Multiple federal studies have revealed the startling statistics over the last five years. We […]

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