New apps to help those in Addiction Recovery

5 Jan

There are new applications added to the app stores on our smartphones every day. Most are for entertainment purposes or to help meet new people or simply to share our daily experiences with others.

There are a few new applications out there that are aimed at the self help markets and specifically a few made for people in the addiction recovery process. Apps like Sober Grid and A-CHESS are built to assist those in recovery by connecting them with their sponsors and others in the growing addiction treatment community, by alerting them when they are near areas that may be harmful to their recovery like bars and liquor stores and even to find them a nearby meeting or treatment center when they need a meeting or have relapsed. These apps can be very helpful to addicts in recovery.

To learn more READ ON HERE.

Why and How Disasterous Insurance Denials for Addiction Treatment Happen?

3 Jan

“Denials by insurance companies to pay for opiate detoxification, in-patient addiction treatment or intensive outpatient counseling have increased in the last few years, even as more and more people are abusing opiates, overdosing and dying.”

At a time when more Americans are in desperate need of addiction treatment and services than ever before the insurance companies are finding ways to deny payment for these life-saving services.

To find out why and how this is happening please read the full article here:

Opioids are like GUNS

29 Dec

Most of us have seen the recent images circulating around on social media sites of unconscious, open mouthed adults slumped over in the front seats of a car with a toddler crying from a car seat in the back. This image and many others show us the reality of the opioid epidemic in our country. It is so bad that there are enough prescription bottles of opiates in circulation right now that every household in America could have a bottle easily and readily available.

So is it a stretch to say that Opioids are like guns?
Read on to find out.

America needs to face its addiction epidemic

24 Dec

The US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has called for all Americans to face our addiction epidemic. We can no longer be complacent or sit back and hope others will seek out and find the answers on how to curb addictions in our country. We must act within our communities and ensure that the treatment programs and community outreach programs provide quality services to those in need. We also must understand that the future of our nation and its addiction problem starts with educating our children about substance abuse and addiction.

The more they know the better the choices they will make for themselves and in turn for our great nation. Read more here.

Are Opioid Prescription Limits a good thing?

14 Dec

We have all heard about the ‘Opioid Epidemic’ that has a grip on our great nation. There are enough opiate prescriptions filled at this moment to ensure a bottle in every household across the country. So what do we do about it? One idea is to limit the amount of opioids that each doctor can prescribe and have certain criteria that the patient must meet before the opiate is given. While on their face both of these options working together sound good, are they really beneficial? READ MORE HERE.