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What is Substance Abuse Treatment?

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Substance Abuse Treatment

Unless you’ve ever directly sought help for yourself or someone close to you, you may not know much about¬†substance abuse treatment. The information we get from TV and movies is limited at best. We have probably seen the familiar “circle of chairs” with people discussing their problems with others, but is that really treatment? More […]

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The Importance of Work

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I grew up in a working class family. I was raised primarily by a single mother who always worked outside of the home. My grandfather was a blue-collar worker and my grandmother worked part-time outside of the home and full-time taking care of the home. As soon as I was old enough to push a […]

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What is Trauma?

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Oklahoma has done a very good job educating its behavioral health providers about the impact and importance of trauma in the population we serve. A recent out-of-state trainer commented that we were ahead of many other states in our handling of the topic. ¬† That’s nice to hear since Oklahoma is more commonly known for […]

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Residential Treatment: Will it survive the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will likely change the rules for many of us in the behavioral health field. Of all the providers facing challenges, those providing residential treatment may face the toughest. The gap between medical models of care and current addiction treatment practices is wide. Hospitals and insurance companies typically prefer a short […]

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The end of private practice?

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There has been a lot of talk in the health care field about the potential demise of private practice. Doctors are increasingly becoming employees of hospitals instead of self-employed practitioners. Several factors seem to be contributing to the change. Not the least of which are Medicaid, Medicare and insurance reimbursement practices. The ongoing implementation of […]