Addiction Treatment, It’s a Chronic Issue

addiction-treatment-BeaconHealthBeacon Health Options (Beacon) recently published a whitepaper, Confronting the Crisis of Opioid Addiction. One of the primary issues addressed is the treatment of opioid addiction as a chronic illness versus treatment as an acute illness, “Our health care system is currently organized to treat this addiction primarily with acute care services and the hope of abstinence upon discharge. Evidence tells us that this approach typically leads to treatment failures and re-admissions to acute detoxification services.”

The proposed solution is to implement a chronic care model across all related treatment organizations, policies and systems of care. Help address the opioid addictions crisis and learn more about recommendations in their full white paper.

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Beacon provides the best-in-class behavioral health solutions for regional and specialty health plans; employers and labor organizations; and federal, state and local governments. Beacon offers superior clinical mental health and substance use disorder management, a strong employee assistance program, work/life support, specialty programs for autism and depression and insightful analytics to improve the delivery of care.