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Addiction Treatment Experts Await Details of Parity Rules

Addiction and mental health treatment experts say they are hopeful new rules issued by the federal government that require parity between treatment for mental and physical illness will greatly expand access to care. They say a critical component of the rules’ success will be the criteria insurers use to include patients for addiction and mental health coverage. …

Parity Rules for Addiction and Mental Health Treatment to be Issued Today

Rules that will require health insurers to provide coverage for addiction and mental health that is equal to benefits for general medical coverage will be issued Friday by the Obama administration, The New York Times reports. …

Negative Emotions Play Important Role in Regulating Cocaine Abuse: Animal Study

Negative emotions play an important role in cocaine abuse, a new animal study suggests. Researchers at Rutgers University say initial positive feelings of intoxication are quickly followed by negative emotional responses when drug levels start to fall. …

Anonymity on the Silver Screen

Join Together speaks with Greg Williams, producer of "The Anonymous People," an independent documentary about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction. …

Number of People Seeking Addiction Treatment Could Double Under New Health Law

The number of people seeking addiction treatment could double under the Affordable Care Act, the Associated Press reports. Under the new law, four million people with drug and alcohol problems will become eligible for insurance coverage. …

Experts Say Many People Addicted to Opioids Not Getting Adequate Treatment

Many people addicted to opioids are undergoing short-term detoxification, instead of receiving long-term maintenance treatment, according to a new report. In the journal Health Affairs, eight experts write this means many people are not receiving adequate opioid addiction treatment. …

Commentary: Getting Past the Stigma and Treating Addiction as a Chronic Disease

How can we get past the stigma and ensure that our children, our loved ones and everyone affected by addiction receives the appropriate care, asks Dr. Thomas McLellan of the Treatment Research Institute. …

Addiction Should be Treated as Public Health Issue: Kerlikowske

Addiction should be treated as a public health issue, National Drug Control Policy Director R. Gil Kerlikowske told participants of a conference on prescription drug abuse Thursday. …

Unregulated “Sober Homes” Often Provide Poor Living Conditions

A system of largely unregulated group homes provides poor living conditions to people throughout the country who are grappling with substance abuse, homelessness and a return to life after prison, according to Salon.com. …

Small Study Suggests Ritalin May Help Treat Cocaine Addiction

A single dose of Ritalin may help improve brain function in people addicted to cocaine, according to a small study published in JAMA Psychiatry. …