ERIC Number: ED427109
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Treatment for Addiction: Advancing the Common Good. Recommendations from a Join Together Policy Panel on Treatment and Recovery.
Join Together, Boston, MA.
Join Together convened a panel of experts to review U.S. policies for addiction treatment and recovery. Although the panel reached an agreement on six recommendations for policy changes that can make help more accessible and expand treatment to more people. These recommendations are: (1) treatment for alcoholism and other drug addiction must be covered as a health benefit on an equal basis with treatment for other diseases; (2) limited access to treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction is a national crisis that calls for a broad-based national campaign to educate the public and build political support; (3) research on the nature and treatment of addiction and recovery should be expanded and the results made accessible to professionals, policymakers, and the public; (4) education and training on addiction and recovery should be required for all health, mental health, social service, and justice system professionals; (5) treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction must be monitored by independent treatment managers with no vested financial interests in order to ensure ongoing treatment effectiveness; and (6) diagnosis, treatment, and long-term recovery must be integrated into a coordinated community-wide strategy to reduce alcohol and other drug problems. One appendix contains a glossary of treatment terms, and the other is a statement from the Physician's Leadership on National Drug Policy. Forty-five treatment resource organizations are listed. (SLD)
Descriptors: Community Programs, Delivery Systems, Health Education, Health Insurance, Integrated Activities, Law Enforcement, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Substance Abuse, Therapy
Join Together, 441 Stuart Street, 7th Floor, Boston, MA 02116; Tel: 617-437-1500; Fax: 617-437-9394; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: www.jointogether.org ($5).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Join Together, Boston, MA.