Author: Justin Mckibben
Around the country there is a wave a new and progressive initiatives changing the relationship between law enforcement and drug users. Government officials now lobby in support of such programs, and millions of dollars are being allocated to similar responses to a nationwide addiction epidemic. Probably one of the most famous of these revolutionary programs is one of the first; the PAARI program.
The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI) encourages police departments to abandon the old model of arresting and prosecuting people struggling with substance use disorder. Instead, the program encourages police to help people struggling with addiction seek help.
Now we have the first annual report from the PAARI program, and the numbers are pretty impressive.
Taking Pride in PAARI Program Progress
In the PAARI program first year report the numbers include detailed financial inventory. The 501(c)3 non-profit believes in the transparency of their progress, and is proud of the success to far. Of course, with such a groundbreaking and inspirational initiative, who wouldn’t want to show off?
To update anyone who doesn’t know- the PAARI began in Gloucester, Massachusetts, after the local police department announced on June 1, 2015 that anyone who walked into the police department and turned in either drugs or paraphernalia would not be arrested. The announcement told the citizens that instead any individual willing to seek help would be sent to treatment. This is the response from law enforcement in the wake of a spike in overdose rates in the area.
The report now boasts an amazing impact on the community. In the first year of the PAARI program, just Gloucester Police Department alone helped more than 400 people enter treatment!
Spreading the Message
That 400+ count doesn’t even scratch the thousands more being helped across the country due to the establishment of similar programs. The initial response from the Gloucester community was incredibly enthusiastic. This helped spread the concept of the PAARI program, as they moved to help other police departments implement similar programs. According to the report, the PAARI program helped train 143 police departments in 27 states.
- Augusta, Maine began training volunteers last November before implementing their own program.
- This summer Newark, Ohio, began its program. Officials said they felt driven to try something new once they were receiving at least one overdose call per day.
- According to the report, the PAARI program has partnered with 300 treatment centers in 20 states
- The PAARI program also secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship funds to help people access the treatment they need.
- Distributed more than 5,000 doses of nasal Naloxone, the opiate overdose antidote.
Unfortunately, not everyone agrees with this progressive approach. Some still believe that criminal justice is an appropriate response to drug use. Cape Cod, Massachusetts police department chose not to implement their own program because they didn’t agree with diverting the focus away from criminalizing active users. Some still think that shifting this perspective is somehow promoting drug use or giving permission.
Reinventing Police Intervention
Last April the Obama administration praised the Angel Program and PAARI program, siting that they reduced “crime and costs associated with substance use disorders in Gloucester” and rebuilding “trust between the police and the community.”
The first annual report makes a very exciting statement, saying:
“Communities that have joined PAARI have observed as much as a 25% reduction in crimes associated with addiction, cost savings by diverting people into treatment rather than triggering the criminal justice system, as well as an enormous increase in trust from their communities.”
Participants in the program speak in heavy praise of its methods and compassion for those it exists to assist. Even insurance companies contribute to the progress in the direction of compassionate and effective change.
Without question, these numbers are a new hope to so many. Over 400 lives in just one area over a year may have been saved thanks to PAARI. And at the end of the day, isn’t that the point; to protect and to serve all lives? The hope is that more programs like this can shatter the stigma of addiction, while simultaneously bridging the gap between the disenfranchised and the established authority to create a community that is better and brighter for both sides.
Drugs and alcohol have torn apart too many communities. Now the time has come for better treatment options and more compassionate health care. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, do not wait. Please call toll-free now. We want to help. You are not alone.
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As most of you know there are a slew of different insurance companies and huge variety of plans within those insurances. All of these different healthcare plans can make it really confusing when you try to figure out your own insurance, specifically Aetna. If you have an Aetna insurance plan that you want to use for a stay in drug rehab you are probably going to be surprised at how easy it will all be for you.
Many drug rehabs accept Aetna insurance which is great and will work in your favor. Aetna is an insurance company that even contracts with many different drug rehabs which will allow you to use what is known as “In Network” coverage. What this means it that you have to pay less money out of your own pocket. Aetna insurance plans do offer a lot of flexibility too when it comes to drug rehab. Even if you go to a drug rehab that is out of network you may be able to get some help from your Aetna insurance. You may have more out of pocket expenses than if you went to an in network drug rehab but still a percentage will be covered. This flexibility offered by Aetna insurance will allow you to go to the best drug rehab center for you instead of settling.
Most people when they get insurance such as Aetna don’t think that they might end up having to use it to pay for drug rehab. Unless you or a loved one has a background of drug abuse or a history of that kind of behavior in your family, it is not likely that you planned for drug rehab. If this is the case, remember that drug rehab is definitely a medical cost. It might be tricky to figure out where in your plan with Aetna drug rehab is and it may be even trickier to figure out whom to get the most out of your coverage. Luckily most if not all Aetna plans will cover at least part of the drug rehab program. Even though Aetna has a lot of flexibility and great health coverage, the amount the pay for will vary between different policies and circumstances. Any questions about insurance and getting insurance to pay for drug rehab should be left up to the drug rehab center as well as talking directly to an insurance representative.
What you really need to remember about drug rehab is that your health care plan will most likely dictate a higher deductible than what you would have with other types of medical treatment. The amount of time you are allowed to stay in drug rehab will likely be limited also. The average length of stay in drug rehab that Aetna will cover is at least 30 days so you may need to work out a payment arrangement for the part that Aetna does not cover if you or your loved one needs to stay in drug rehab longer than the recommended on month.
Palm Partners accepts health insurance, however, we are not affiliated with Aetna. Please give us a call at 1-800-951-6135 for more information.
It has been a long held belief that addicts and alcoholics must want to get sober in order to get sober. Or that they can’t be forced into sobriety. I can definitely see why this belief exists because many addicts and alcoholics won’t get sober until they are ready and willing to do it for themselves. But this isn’t always the case. And often times addicts and alcoholics don’t know their drug use and drinking has put them on death’s front door until it is too late. That is why court-ordered drug treatment is available.
But does court ordered drug treatment work?
Often times, yes it does. Unfortunately getting exact numbers on how court ordered drug treatment fares in comparison to a regular treatment center is difficult. This is because even the numbers for people who choose to go to drug treatment are skewed by relapse and what the definition of success in sobriety even is. Often times relapse is part of the process and it takes an individual a few times through treatment before it sticks. Once it sticks though, does that mean that the individual wasn’t successful due to the relapses? Whatever the case may be it is probably smart to assume that while the numbers or success rate for court ordered drug treatment may not be as high it is still just almost just as effective as any other drug treatment program. And that’s because even the success rates of the best drug treatment centers aren’t very high.
I believe that court ordered drug treatment serves an important purpose in the lives of many addicts and alcoholics, as well as their families. I myself was court ordered to a detox center and it worked for me. I took the next step into drug treatment afterwards. I think often times addicts and alcoholics don’t want drug treatment simply because they are comfortable getting high. I feel, if they got the chance though to see what sobriety could be like and that they didn’t have to do that anymore they might feel differently about using and drinking. Alcoholics and addicts don’t have the foresight, because of their disease, to realize how drug treatment could help them until after they have completed drug treatment. This was exactly my story. I did not want to go to detox, when I was in detox I was much more receptive once my head started to clear, and now after the fact I thank God often that I was involuntarily sent there because I probably would have never gotten help if I hadn’t been. All in all, addicts and alcoholics don’t have to want to get sober to stay sober. I am living proof of that. Sometimes addicts and alcoholics don’t know what they need and when they get it, they are glad they did.
Court ordered drug treatment can work. And the reason it doesn’t for some is because of many different factors not just that the addict and alcoholic doesn’t want it. For instance, a judge is setting the amount of time that an addict or alcoholic has to be in treatment and a judge is not a doctor. The judge may require much too short of mandatory stay than is necessary. If the addict or alcoholic stayed longer they might be more successful but often times after only a short period of time, in court ordered drug treatment or not, the addict or alcoholic thinks they are well again and they are not.
Either way court ordered drug treatment saves lives and while it may or may not have high rates of people staying sober for the rest of their lives, most treatment centers don’t.
If you or your loved one is in need of drug treatment please don’t hesitate to call us at toll-free: 1-800-951-6135
Choosing a drug treatment program is a difficult and often overwhelming task. When addiction has taken over a family, many times individuals are in no state emotionally to put forth the effort to find a reliable drug treatment on their own. There are so many different drug treatment programs in Travilah for a loved one to go to that if someone is not familiar with drug treatment and the many different issues associated with drug and alcohol addiction it is almost impossible to know where to even start when it comes to drug treatment in Travilah.
Drug treatment in Travilah includes organized inpatient or outpatient treatment programs, counseling, and self-help groups to help addicts and alcoholics resist using the addictive substance again. Depending on the level of addiction, there may be steps needed before the addict goes to drug treatment in Travilah, for instance detox.
Drug treatment in Travilah usually includes educational and therapy sessions focused on getting sober and preventing relapse. These things can be accomplished in individual or group or family sessions. These drug treatment programs in Travilah are available to those with an addiction in various different settings, from outpatient to residential and inpatient drug treatment in Travilah.
Individual or family counseling with a psychologist or psychiatrist or addiction counselor is a huge part of drug treatment in Travilah and may help addict’s resist the temptation to resume using drugs or alcohol again. Behavior therapies are also a huge part of drug treatment in Travilah. Behavior therapies at drug treatment in Travilah can help addicts develop way to cope with drug cravings as well as suggest strategies to avoid using drugs and prevent relapse. Drug treatment in Travilah may also offer suggestions on how to deal with a relapse, should it happen. Counseling at drug treatment in Travilah can also involve talking about jobs, legal problems, and relationships with family and friends. Counseling with family at drug treatment in Travilah can help everyone develop better communication skills and be more supportive.
Many drug treatments in Travilah, although not all of the, tend to use the 12-step model first developed be AA. Self-help groups such as NA exist for people addicted to drugs such as cocaine, alcohol, and narcotics. The message of these self-help groups as part of drug treatment in Travilah is that addiction is a chronic disorder with a danger of relapse and that ongoing maintenance treatment which includes medications, counseling and self-help group meetings are necessary to prevent relapse. The doctors at drug treatment in Travilah may or may not be able to help locate self-help groups in the area. Listings for self-help groups are often given at drug treatment in Travilah and if not are found in the phone book, online, and at the library.
Drug treatment in Travilah can be the beginning of an entirely new life if those who are going decide they want sobriety. This is the biggest factor in how successful drug treatment in Travilah is-the addicts own want and desire to be sober. Everything else mentioned won’t make a difference if the individual doesn’t want to get sober at drug treatment in Travilah.
Drug treatment in Somerset, MD is meant to help people who have become addicted to stop their compulsive drug seeking and use. Drug treatment in Somerset has a variety of different settings and can take on many different forms that last different lengths of time. Because drug addiction is a chronic disorder characterized by the occasional relapse, a short term or one-time stay at drug treatment in Somerset is usually not enough. For many addicts, drug treatment in Somerset is a long-term process that involves multiple interventions and regular monitoring of how they are doing.
There are a variety of evidence based approaches that drug treatment in Somerset, MD takes to treating addiction. Drug treatment in Somerset, MD can include behavioral therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy or contingency management, medications or a combination of all of these. The specific type of drug treatment in Somerset varies depending on the patient’s needs and usually on what types of drugs they were using.
Drug treatment in Somerset, MD uses many different treatments to solve the problem of addiction. For instance, many drug treatment programs in Somerset use both individual and group therapies. Group therapy at drug treatment in Somerset provides social reinforcement and can help enforce behavioral changes that promote abstinence instead of drug use. Some of the other behavioral therapies at drug treatment in Somerset, MD, such as contingency management and cognitive behavioral therapy are also used in the group setting.
Because therapy and medications works on different parts of addiction most drug treatment in Somerset uses combinations of both. Combinations of both medication and therapy at drug treatment in Somerset, MD have proven to be more effective than just one approach being used alone.
And last but not least, many people who go to drug treatment in Somerset, MD suffer from other health problems such as depression, bi-polar, eating disorders, HIV, Hepatitis C, legal, familial, and social problems that also need to be addressed. The best drug treatment in Somerset provides a combination of therapies as well as other services to meet an individual patient’s needs depending on what other health problems they have. Psychoactive medications such as antidepressants, anti-anxiety agents, mood stabilizers, and treatments such as acupuncture, yoga, family programs, sweat lodges, chiropractic care and much more are used at drug treatment in Somerset to help combat every health problem or social problem an addict or alcoholic may be facing.
Drug treatment in Somerset, MD is only the beginning of the journey into sobriety. Sobriety or recovery is a life long journey that requires constant vigilance and action. This is why many drug treatments in Somerset, MD will offer some kind of aftercare support such as halfway houses, outpatient programs, recovery coaching, life coaching, and a slew of resources for self-help groups. Self-help groups that drug treatment in Somerset is most likely to recommend would include AA or NA. The best possible outcome for any addict who goes to drug treatment in Somerset, MD is most likely when they are fully involved and take every opportunity and advantage given to them.
If you or your loved one is in need of drug treatment in Somerset, MD, please give us a call at 800-951-6135.