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18 Jan Humana IOP H-code

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Humana IOP H-code In May of 2016, Humana informed that they would no longer accept the Chemical Dependency HCPCS code H0015 for IOP claims because it was considered a “Medicare” code.  It had been explained that this policy became effective in January of 2016 and from...

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06 Jan Networking in Behavioral Health

Networking is an essential part of the behavioral health industry. This provides treatment centers and other services an avenue to unify and create lasting partnerships that are mutually beneficial. In this article we are going to cover some key aspects of networking. Creating a positive...

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12 Dec Toxicology in the Behavioral Health Industry…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] What is happening with Toxicology in the Behavioral Health Industry? Toxicology in the behavioral health industry is under harsh scrutiny largely influenced by many unethical testing practices, some laboratory companies exploiting the industry for financial gains, fraudulent testing practices, testing without clinical or medicinal rationale, insufficient...

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22 Jul Breast Cancer and Alcohol Use

Breast cancer probably isn’t the first form of cancer that comes to mind when you consider the link between alcohol use and cancer, but studies have consistently been showing a strong link between heavy alcohol use and breast cancer—especially in women. One recent study conducted...

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22 Mar The Effects of Marijuana Addiction

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Nowadays, there seems to be a trend of people who think that the effects of marijuana are relatively harmless. While it is true that marijuana is a far less dangerous substance than many other illicit street substances, this is inherently misleading. Marijuana is still a drug that is highly abused around the country, and it has the capacity to negatively impact the mental and physical capacity of the people who use it. While there needs to be a big conversation about how we continue to look at marijuana addiction and the intense, and counterproductive, criminalization that has happened over the past few decades, it's important not to become ignorant about how the impact that marijuana has on our bodies. Here are some effects of marijuana abuse...
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15 Mar Teens and Prescription Opioids

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Recently, a study on high school seniors showed that 1 in 8 of them had reported using prescription opioids recreationally. However, these numbers have only been climbing. The young people of our country now face a more prevalent culture of drug abuse that surrounds them than they ever have, before. This reflects a wider growth of opiate abuse around the country, which has nearly tripled in the past 15 years. Not only are these drugs dangerous on their own, but they often serve as a gateway to even more nefarious substances. On top of that, students are very likely to use prescription opioids alongside other substances, like alcohol and marijuana. To better understand this trend, here is some information about teenagers and prescription opioid addiction...
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08 Mar American Drug Mortality Rates

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We all know that drug abuse is a terrifying threat to communities all over our country, as well as the entire planet. However, when you begin to break down the numbers, the true mortality rates that our country is enduring, due to addiction, begins to paint a bleak and disheartening picture of how extreme this epidemic is becoming. Drug addiction is decreasing. Far from it, actually. As far as mortality rates go, in America, drug abuse is one of the top causes of injury death. It's important to note that when we talk about injury deaths, we are not talking about all of the natural ways people die in this country. Instead, injury deaths refer to when someone is killed by a factor that is human-caused. This may be intentional or unintentional, and can include murder or self harm. In terms of drug abuse, it falls under the category of self-poisoning. Here is some more information about this picture of mortality in our country...
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01 Mar Coming Out to Your Family About Addiction

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Addiction is a deeply personal battle that many people have to face in their lives. There are many different parts of this battle that will challenge you to your very core. However, one of the most stressful parts of this fight involves having to tell the people you love about this mental battle that you are going through. It may feel shameful and hard to come out to your family about your struggle with addiction. After all, nobody wants to put a great deal of stress on the people that they care about. However, this is an incredibly important step, as these are most likely the people who would do anything for you, and will be an important element of support for recovery. Here's some advice on coming to your family about addiction...
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