Prescott in northern Arizona is somewhat of an addiction treatment hub. The Yavapai county seat with about 40,000 residents is also home to an estimated 130-200 rehab facilities. Some people in Prescott think that’s too many. One problem is that many in Prescott do not really distinguish between fully licensed residential treatment centers and the independently operated sober living houses in residential neighborhoods that are mostly unregulated.
The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) requires health insurers and group health plans to provide the same level of benefits for mental and/or substance use treatment and services that they do for medical/surgical care.
Addiction is often described as a family disease.
“Addiction is a family disease that stresses the family to the breaking point, impacts the stability of the home, the family's unity, mental health, physical health, finances, and overall family dynamics.” (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence)
Each day, 44 people in the United States die from overdose of prescription drugs. A big part of the overdose problem results from misuse of opioids.
President Obama has made fighting this epidemic a priority and wants to attack the problem on three different fronts: expanding access to treatment, preventing overdose deaths mostly by curbing over-prescription, and increasing community prevention strategies.