An often dismissed option in the struggle to address opioid addiction is the use of medical marijuana. Though usage of the cannabis plant remains controversial in the United States, several studies indicate it may have value in addressing opioid addiction,…
AZZLY partner DrFirst announced recently that their Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) system EPCS Gold now includes integrated availability of state PDMP (Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs) systems. When E-Prescribing, clinicians can save time by viewing patients’ PDMP drug history…
As the opioid epidemic in the United States continues to affect millions, medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, has risen as one of the leading options in treating substance use disorders. The method can be used to treat a number of substance…
On August 9th, Facebook announced a new policy requiring addiction treatment centers to obtain certification from monitoring firm LegitScript. Centers will need to obtain certification in order to advertise their in-person addiction treatment services on Facebook in the United States.
Medication-Assisted Treatment, or MAT, is revolutionizing the addiction treatment community as more and more behavioral treatment professionals are adopting this safe and easy-to-control solution. The method can be used to treat a number of different substance issues, including opioid, alcohol, and tobacco addictions, helping patients control cravings, withdrawal symptoms, and dangerous health effects.
The Commission on Accreditation and Rehabilitation (CARF™) is a nonprofit organization that provides accreditation services to a variety of different treatment centers at their own request, including disability rehabilitation, retirement facilities, home and community services, and substance abuse treatment facilities.
Never underestimate the power of a positive workplace. If you create an environment where employees feel respected, satisfied, and empowered, you lead them to appreciate their jobs and become more productive and loyal. While this holds true in any industry, it is particularly important for care providers. Improving employee care in your behavioral health facility or addiction treatment center can make a big difference in the experience that patients have when they come to you for care.
Providers are finding challenges with health information exchange or HIE. There are still hurdles that providers face when trying to exchange information on patients. Nonetheless, the exchange does not need to be complicated. Solutions exist that can help create a streamlined sharing of information between medical practitioners, administrators, patients and other parties.
In the U.S. alone there are over 20,000 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and almost 13,000 related to heroin, making drug overdose the leading cause of accidental deaths. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic with approximately 91 daily deaths. As addiction rates have reached epidemic proportions nationwide, payers, providers, and patients are struggling with finding a compelling solution.
After participating in an addiction treatment program, it can be difficult to go back to normal life with its stressors, triggers and access to substances. In many cases, participants attended the program for a short period of time and have not fully addressed addiction-related problems. Many people end up facing relapse, but this is where an aftercare program can help. To support patients as they continue with recovery, facilities and programs can provide routine check-ups as an aftercare program. This helps people feel supported and keeps them accountable.