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What's Wrong with Rehab?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016,
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The rehab industry is currently under a microscope.

It’s not a super high tech microscope. More like an old school clunky retro 1960’s microscope. Agencies from the government and insurance companies are looking for wrong-doing, bad billing and illegal activities. And per news reports, they’ve found some bad things: extortion, gambling, fraud, sex crimes, fake patients, fake policies, improper urine testing, billing problems and many, many others.

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Open Letter to AA GSO Leadership and AA Board of Trustees

Tuesday, September 13, 2016,
Author: Herb Kaighan
Categories: Advocacy
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Atlanta was my first International AA Conference; we celebrated AA’s 80th birthday. At the same time, my family and I celebrated my 75th natal birthday and my 31st year of the gift of sobriety.

 

I have been on a spiritual quest all of my conscious life: studied to be a priest in a monastery for 7 years; pursued psychology for four and therapy for more; experimented with most of the self-help panaceas of the 70s and 80s. I did not change. I could not see that I did not see. I was a seeker but not a finder.

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Strength in Numbers

Tuesday, September 13, 2016,
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Strength in Numbers

The substance use treatment industry has developed very quickly since the advent of the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and Obamacare.

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Addiction is a Moral Issue

Saturday, December 19, 2015,
Categories: Advocacy, Social
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Here’s an interesting scenario: While shopping in the local grocery store, located in a strip mall in the mid-Cape Cod area, I overheard a conversation between two women

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Are We Just Talking To Ourselves?

Saturday, December 19, 2015,
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“Try not to get caught up with the endless argument about whether alcoholism is a disease or a bad habit. If alcohol is a problem for you or your family, the difference doesn’t matter, and

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The End Game We All Want: A Call to A.A.

Monday, May 4, 2015,
Categories: Advocacy, Recovery, Social
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In January of this year, Johann Hari published an article that went viral: “The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think.”  The article put forth the idea that the “disease model” the addictions industry has embraced might not be the panacea its propped itself up to be.  Citing some intriguing research, Hari presented the idea that “the opposite of addiction is not sobriety.  It’s human connection.”  He states,  “what I learned on the road is that almost everything we have been told about addiction is wrong – and there is a very different story waiting for us, if only we are ready to hear it.”  Apparently, a lot of people were ready to hear it, since as of this writing, well over 1 million Facebook readers have “liked” the article.  That doesn’t include the multitudes promoting it through Twitter and other platforms. 

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Has Aetna Declared War on Out of Network Substance Abuse Providers?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015,
Author: Joan Borsten
Categories: Advocacy
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Until recently did you consider Aetna as reliable a partner as Cigna and United Health Care?

Remember when Aetna paid your out of network residential and outpatient level substance abuse claims according to what was “reasonable and customary” in your particular zip code or geographic location? 

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Where Are All The Black People: Diversity & the Changing Face of Recovery

Friday, November 14, 2014,
Categories: Advocacy, Recovery, Social
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"Do I have to have an open mind on this one?

Hes one of the brightest, emotionally intelligent men I know.   A force in the addictions field, a respected leading clinician, a long-time member of the recovery community with over 20 years clean & sober, and my friend.  But when the conversation turned to the new messaging about recovery thats sweeping the country, the gates of his mind slammed shut.  

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Movement against a dangerous Blue Cross policy requires impact statements from victims

Friday, November 14, 2014,
Categories: Advocacy
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In the last few years, a faulty health insurance policy has cost several addicts and mentally ill individuals their lives.  

In October 2013, Joan Borsten told RecoveryView.com that Blue Cross had issued payments directly to individuals in recovery, instead of paying the out-of-network treatment providers for whom the checks were meant.  The result?

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