Aid in Recovery Supports Federal Call for Increased Funding and Expanded Health Coverage for Drug Addiction Medication Treatments

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Aid in Recovery released a statement today supporting a recent commentary co-authored by various federal health agencies calling for increased funding and expanded health coverage for drug addiction medication treatments. With proper prescription and monitoring, health officials argue that medication treatments can help cut costs and save lives.

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“We support this federal call to expand health coverage and improve patient access to drug addiction medications,”

Aid in Recovery, a full service drug and alcohol treatment center servicing south Florida, released a statement today supporting a recent federal commentary calling for increased funding and expanding health coverage for drug addiction medication treatments.

Published in the New England Journal of Medicine(Medication-Assisted Therapies - Tackling the Opioid-Overdose Epidemic, 5/29/14), federal health officials ranging from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services co-authored the recent commentary.

The commentary further highlighted the need for improved patient access to drug addiction medication-based treatments in addition to drug abstinence or other forms of counseling.

“When prescribed and monitored properly, medications such as methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone are safe and cost-effective components of opioid addiction treatment,” said Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “These medications can improve lives and reduce the risk of overdose, yet medication-assisted therapies are markedly underutilized.”

Due to a number of barriers such as misunderstandings or misinformation, Volkow added that patients are often unaware that their drug addiction and substance abuse treatments can be supplemented by drug addiction medication-assisted therapies to help improve their lives more effectively.

“We support this federal call to expand health coverage and improve patient access to drug addiction medications,” said Dr. Michael Lukens, Psychologist at Aid in Recovery. “Every state with rehab centers from New Jersey to California needs to have these discussions. With health providers and insurance companies still interpreting and implementing the new healthcare laws, the need for increased funding for treatment centers, drug addiction counseling and drug addiction medications is incredibly important – together, these different therapies for drug addiction and substance abuse can significantly help patients going through treatment and save thousands, perhaps millions, of lives in the process.“
Aid in Recovery is at the forefront of new research methods and techniques for effective substance abuse prevention as well as drug and alcohol addiction treatments.

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Aid in Recovery is a premier drug and alcohol treatment center. Our approach is defined by recognizing each clients need for a personalized drug and alcohol treatment program. We aren't a hospital-like institution and there’s a good reason for that. We believe that treating each client as an individual is crucial to delivering the best possible patient care. At a busy clinic-like program, it simply isn't possible for a therapist to truly get to know each client and understand their specific needs. To best meet the needs of each patient we treat, we offer a diverse curriculum with a focus on both mind and body designed to meet the individual. We treat every patient as an individual and we work with one patient at a time and guide them to a new life in recovery. To learn more about the specifics of our program, please visit our program details page.

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