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Program Makes Sense
During last week's State of the
Union Address, President George W. Bush announced his drug
treatment initiative to the nation, clearly stating that
recovery is possible. According to John P. Walters, Director
of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), "This initiative
offers a new and effective way for the federal government to
help people get into recovery."
The President's plan includes
$600 million over a three-year period targeted at increasing
capacity and access to effective rehabilitation programs. The
initiative also allows for individuals in need to receive
vouchers so that they can seek the program of their choice.
This in itself is largely important because often times
programs with excellent track records don't always receive
government funding due to "non-traditional" modalities and
that state-run programs often have an extensive waiting list
to receive treatment. The vouchers allow addicts seeking
effective treatment to enroll in private programs if they
choose to do so, and states would monitor the outcomes of the
voucher program to track clients' success.
The "Recovery Now" initiative
therefore not only helps the individuals in need, but assists
in validating the fact that a variety of treatment modalities
is essential to overcome addiction on a broad scale. The
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's (SAMHSA)
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) has been pushing
a message of change and accountability in the field of drug
rehabilitation, urging states to include more types of
programs to address the ever-changing need of addicted
Americans, yet many are still focused on "traditional" types
of programs that subscribe to only a few basic philosophies.
This is clearly evident by the certification boards and
processes for programs and counselors whose guidelines are
based solely on methods deemed to be "the right way"
arbitrarily by a group of people many years ago.
Organizations such as The
Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission embraces many types
of behavioral health programs, understanding that one size
doesn't fit all. For example, the Narconon® Drug
Rehabilitation and Education Program is one of the most
successful programs in the nation, achieving a success rate
of greater than 70% for recovery based on research and
discoveries by L. Ron Hubbard. This organization is
non-traditional in nature, but has more than three decades of
continued success and is now operating in over 30 nations
around the world.
To read more about the "Recovery
Now" initiative log on to www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov..
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