Despite decades of research, the high prevalence of relapse to substance use disorders (SUDs) continues to challenge people in recovery and addiction professionals. Addiction is a chronic disease that is difficult to control, making relapse prevention a crucial element of any effective recovery program.
Republicans in Congress have presented legislation designed to replace the Affordable Care Act also known as “Obamacare.” Behavioral health professionals are concerned that a large number of people with mental illness or substance abuse disorders could lose some or all of their insurance coverage in the middle of an addiction epidemic.
A recent Columbia University study is the first to indicate a direct link between pain and opioid addiction risk. The research by the Columbia University Medical Center revealed that people with moderate or more severe pain had a 41 percent higher risk of developing prescription opioid use disorders than those without.