Featured News: Reduced Hospitalizations After Recovery Coach Contact in Patients With Substance Use Disorder

People with a substance use disorder (SUD) had lower hospitalizations after working with a recovery coach, a study presented at the recent American Society of Addiction Medicine annual meeting suggests. People with a SUD are almost twice as likely to be readmitted to the hospital compared to those without.

Patients’ visits to mental health and primary care outpatient services increased after recovery coach contact, the study found.

Recovery coaches are trained peers with a history of SUD. Although recovery coach interventions are being implemented nationwide, Dr. Magidson noted there is limited data to support their impact on costs or clinical outcomes.

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Innovative Sheriff-led Initiatives for Offenders with Substance Use Disorders

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdose deaths are increasing in the United States, with the majority of those overdose deaths (more than six out of 10) involving an opioid. Alarmingly, over 91 people die each day from opioid overdoses.

Law enforcement officers are often the first on the scene to find someone overdosing, and as a result, many of those who use substances find themselves involved in the criminal justice system. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse estimates that nearly two-thirds of the nation’s 2.3 million inmates in jails and prisons have a substance use disorder (SUD).

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More Americans with Substance Use Disorders, Mental Illness Got Insurance Under ACA

More people with substance use disorders and mental illness had insurance coverage in 2014 because of the expansion of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a new study finds. Many barriers to treatment remain, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The study found there were no significant increases in use of services to treat substance use disorders or mental illness, HealthDay reports.

Full story of mental illness with insurance under ACA at Science Daily

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Treatment for Teens With Substance Use Disorders Lacking: Experts

Treatment options are lacking for teens with substance use disorders, experts say. Addiction treatment resources are expensive, hard to find, and often not effective, they tell U.S. News and World Reports.

“There is no other disorder or disease that is as undertreated in adolescents as substance use disorders,” said Samuel Ball, President and CEO of CASAColumbia, an organization that researches addiction and treatments. “These can turn into life-or-death situations.” He added, “There really aren’t places for kids to go. As a parent you want your children to be treated in a highly reputable health care system that has [specialists] providing treatment that has been shown to be effective – kind of like what you would expect to see if your kid has cancer.”

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