How Iceland fixed it’s teen addiction problem.

5 Apr

Why do teens turn to drugs? There are a million different reasons why this choice is made by teens all over the world and an equal number of solutions have also been posed to correct it. In the US alone we have been through a number of different attempts to combat the teen drug use problem. We have tried to “Just say no”, for years have waged the war on drugs and today we see many different types and modalities of drug treatment programs offering help to those addicted.

What if we are missing the true problem or discrediting the initial emotions that initiate the desire for escape that lead to drug use? Maybe it is a more simple fix.

To find out how Iceland fixed it’s teen addiction problem CLICK HERE!

Insurance and Addiction. Where the true problem lies…

20 Mar

The passage of the ACA was extremely beneficial to those suffering from addictions due to provisions requiring coverage for drug treatment as well as allowing children to stay on their parents plan until the age of 26.

While both of these pieces of the Obamacare program are inherently positive the insurance companies found a way to deny certain types of treatment to those in need.

They began a ‘fail first’ policy for opioid addicts which basically states that the insurance company will deny inpatient detoxification for them until they have ‘attempted an outpatient program first and failed.”

This practice needs to change. I’ve never heard a cancer patient be told that they must try some other form of treatment and fail before they can access the care that they truly need.

Read more about this HERE.

Choose wisely!

16 Mar

Addiction recovery is a chance to begin again with a clean slate and a positive outlook! Once you have freed your mind and body of the shackles of addiction you can move forward in whichever way you may choose. It is all at once a liberating and, for some, a terrifying prospect. Fear is natural and should be a welcome emotion after years of smothering your true emotions in substance abuse. Feel something! Mold your new life to your will and always – take it one day at a time!

We at Cornerstone salute all of you Recovery Warriors! Fight on!

Trump could destroy health insurance provisions essential to people with addictions

10 Mar

With the new Trump Administration mostly in place the country is in limbo waiting to see what will ultimately become of the Affordable Care Act. Will the GOP do as Trump continually promises and “Repeal and Replace” the program? What will be the Republicans replacement for Obamacare? Will provisions be kept?

The addiction treatment community across the country would like the provisions granting access to treatment for addictions to be kept in place. There are far too many Americans in need of this care and to remove it will not help the opioid epidemic or any aspect of the substance abuse problem we are facing.

What do you think?