Mental Health Parity and The National Alliance on Mental Illness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) released a report on the difficulties of finding appropriate, affordable mental health care. Even individuals with insurance have trouble finding in-network providers. Mental health care services are often more expensive than physical care. These services may not be available at all. The gaps between mental and physical health […]

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Improved Communication and Health Care Effectiveness

Communication is invaluable. It is invaluable in our everyday lives. It is essential to our health care. We use communication to ask for help. Medical professionals use it to provide that help. They use communication to share information and expand scientific knowledge. Because our nation and our medical professionals are finally talking about addiction, more […]

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What Would a Hillary Clinton Presidency Mean for Mental Health and Addiction Treatment?

With the 2016 elections just around the corner, Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s health have made their way to center stage, dominating coverage from the Dr. Oz show to NPR. Harder to find, however, have been the candidates’ health plan platforms. According to the information that Trump has released about his plan, it is focused […]

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It’s Not Your Fault: Study Links Pain to Opioid Addiction

It hardly comes as a surprise, but now there’s scientific proof that many people become addicted to opioids simply because they are in pain. The findings were published July 22 in the American Journal of Psychiatry. It marked the first time researchers ever set out to determine whether there is a direct link between pain […]

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Substance Abuse and the LGBT Community: What We Know

Despite an overwhelming consensus1 that members of the LGBT community face a greater risk for substance abuse, much of the research done on addiction and recovery does not specifically account for sexual orientation. This was the conclusion researchers came to in a 2015 article published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.2 In it, the […]

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