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Texas Drug Rehab Expansions Across Texas

The great State of Texas has seen a recent expansion into its alcohol and drug treatment sector. The need for treatment in Texas is growing daily and yearly. More people need treatment but can not get access treatment. Most of the request for treatment is related to an indigent treatment. Many new organizations have popped up in Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio, Texas. The problem with this expansion is that the treatment programs are out-of-network treatment programs and this causes a larger barrier to access of treatment services. The Texas Indigent Treatment System has long waiting list for beds.

Another problem is high deductible insurances are keeping individuals from receiving alcohol and drug treatment. Simply put the high deductible insurance plans reduces a person’s decision to ask for help which is one reason for the higher deductible plans, however the insurance companies have yet to figure out that placing barriers to access to care only forces more admissions into emergency room departments which increases the healthcare dollars needed to address alcohol and drug-related health needs.

The State of Texas needs some legislation on this matter as well as indigent funding to address the indigent population. If the Texas Legislative branches would look at the current systems and increase state funding and modify regulations on higher deductible plans, then they could make a huge impact with the Opiate Crisis in Texas. One great idea is for managed care insurance companies to become aware of this and to set up a waiver program for those needing access to medical detoxification for alcohol and drugs. They would only be saving dollars and lives and cutting their own cost in the long run.  

There are of course many other ideas to help people access alcohol and drug treatment. However, not many of those ideas are ready to start and are projected a few years down the road.   

Texas Treatment Sector Concerns:

Why are so many new programs in Texas? The simple answer is the perception that due to a larger population of insured lives in Texas that treatment organizations can increase their revenue by opening more treatment centers across the State of Texas. It’s simply capitalism at work, and investor groups are looking to turn some financial profits by expanding their organizations in larger states. Many long-term treatment programs in Texas have been concerned with the new expansion trends and have voiced their concerns to industry insiders, state agencies, professional organizations and counseling groups in Texas. The main concern is that the expansion could create the problems associated that Florida Treatment Centers have experienced in the last 5-years or more. Texas wants to be a step above the national addiction treatment industry by staying true to experience, innovation, ethical standards and providing evidence-based addiction treatment.  

Texas Treatment Problems:

The biggest area of concern for Substance use disorder facilities in Texas is workforce shortage of qualified counseling staff. The current system of educating and training counselors as well as counselors retiring is causing a workforce issue in the Texas Addiction Treatment Sector. There are professional associations like the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals that are looking at the problem and developing ways to address the issue. However, there are many other organizations that are paying attention to the workforce issues in Texas. Another concern is the emergence of websites that have become consumer sites for placement of patients into rehab centers. Many of these placement center websites are operating with no regulation and have shady practices of trying to scam unsuspecting individuals into using their paid only treatment center advertisement relationships while knocking wonderful treatment programs that have been helping individuals and families for decades in the addiction treatment sector. This is a whole issue that needs to be addressed soon before more people get hurt. The main thing is that consumers visit the treatment center websites and call and talk to the actual treatment center staff before deciding on which program to attend.            

Alcohol and Drug Treatment Trust:

Texas has long held its treatment center sector as one of the best places to receive treatment in the entire nation. The experience and professional and ethical standards related to regulation have always been a mainstay of the Texas Rehabs that provide services. The traditional substance use disorder profession takes pride in providing quality and effective treatment services in outpatient, detoxification, residential and partial hospitalization programs.

The treatment centers that are making an impact in the lives of Texans are licensed by The Texas Department of State Health Services and accredited by The Joint Commission or CARF accredited.   These programs have shown continued strength and consumer protection to the people that use their substance use disorder services. The Joint Commission requires that each Texas Rehab Program monitor its programs for quality, effectiveness and focuses on providing outcomes.

Cost of Treatment:

The cost of addiction treatment centers in Texas range from $8,000 to $90,000 dollars per month. However, the price is not an indicator of one program is more effective than another program. Each program figures out their negotiated treatment rates with the insurance companies. Many programs that are cost-effective treatment rates offer more services than the costlier treatment programs. It's not a matter of if you pay more you receive more from the treatment providers. The fact is Texas has many programs that have been in operations for more than 20-years and some that are within a 5-year window of operation, and they are all great programs.   

 

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Spring into Treatment During the Month of April!

During the Month of April, there are some amazing opportunities that are taking place in the great State of Texas. There is an alcohol & drug rehab named Summer Sky Treatment Center that is in Stephenville; Texas offering discounted private pay treatment rates for their alcohol and drug 30-Day Treatment Program. This incredible offer includes medical detoxification which makes this opportunity such a great deal. If you are looking for a private pay facility and want to save some financial resources, then look at this offer for treatment.

Treatment is critical to those suffering from Substance Use Disorders, and it is often critical that someone who is suffering from a Substance Use Disorder to seek help as soon as possible. Substance Use Disorders are progressive, and medical detoxification is usually needed to stop the progression. Once the progression is stopped then treatment is needed to address the underlying core issues that keep people locked into addiction.   

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Summer Sky Treatment Center Offers Affordable Treatment Options!

Do you or a loved one need alcohol or drug treatment? Summer Sky Treatment Center Texas-based alcohol and drug treatment center located in Stephenville, Texas is offering private pay treatment at 9500.00 dollars for 30-Days of treatment. Offering affordable treatment options help complement an already robust In-network Insurance list of insurance companies that Summer Sky accepts for people needing alcohol and drug treatment. 

Summer Sky wants to help people to recive alcohol and drug treatment. They have knocked the financial barrier down by offering treatment at affordable prices to help more people get into treatment. Summer Sky is serious about addiction treatment and recovery. There are no reasons why treatment should not be widely available and affordable. If you or a loved one need alcohol and drug treatment, contact Summer Sky at 1-888-857-8857 and talk to one of their admissions specialists.

 

 

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Drug to treat alcohol use disorder shows promise among drinkers with high stress

Thursday, September 29, 2016

 

NIH-funded multi-site clinical trial suggests that smokers may also benefit.

 

A new medication that targets part of the brain’s stress system may help reduce alcohol use in people with alcohol use disorder (AUD), according to a new study by researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health.

“We’re committed to developing new medications to provide effective therapy to a broader spectrum of people with AUDs.

George F. Koob, Ph.D., Director, NIAAA

“Medications have become an important tool for treating alcohol use disorders, but current medications are not effective for all people with AUDs,” noted NIAAA Director George F. Koob, Ph.D. “We’re committed to developing new medications to provide effective therapy to a broader spectrum of people with AUDs.”

As reported online in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, researchers led by Raye Litten, Ph.D., acting director of the NIAAA Division of Medications Development, conducted a randomized clinical trial of a new compound, called ABT-436, designed to block the effects of vasopressin, a neuropeptide produced in the hypothalamus of the brain. 

“Vasopressin helps to regulate the pituitary adrenal axis and other brain circuits involved in emotion,” explained Dr. Litten. “As such, it plays a role in regulating stress, anxiety, and their interaction with AUD.”

Dr. Litten, first author Megan Ryan and their NIAAA colleagues worked with NIAAA’s multi-center Clinical Investigations Group, to recruit 144 alcohol-dependent adult men and women for the 12-week study. During a 28-day baseline period, female participants consumed at least 28 drinks per week, while male participants consumed at least 35 drinks per week. Participants were then randomized to receive either placebo tablets or ones containing the ABT-436 compound. Researchers monitored participants’ alcohol consumption, as well as their mood changes and smoking habits, as these are known to co-vary with alcohol consumption.

Researchers found that participants receiving ABT-436 experienced more days of alcohol abstinence than those receiving the placebo. In particular, participants who reported high levels of stress appeared to respond better to ABT-436, in that both the frequency of their drinking and the number of heavy drinking days they experienced decreased.

“Our findings suggest that potential future studies with drugs targeting vasopressin blockade should focus on populations of people with AUD who also report high levels of stress,” said first author Ryan, a clinical project manager in the NIAAA Division of Medications Development.

Smokers may be another population that could benefit from ABT-436. In addition to its effects on alcohol consumption, study participants receiving the new compound   experienced a reduction in smoking. The researchers suspect that ABT-436 might be targeting the same areas in the brain that relate to withdrawal and stress, and, in the process, influencing both tobacco and alcohol use disorders. Additional research is needed to determine if that is the case.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, is the primary U.S. agency for conducting and supporting research on the causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment of alcohol use disorder, and alcohol problems. NIAAA also disseminates research findings to general, professional, and academic audiences. Additional alcohol research information and publications are available at www.niaaa.nih.gov.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

 

 

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Summer Sky Annual Alumni Reunion

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Summer Sky Annual Alumni Reunion

31-Years of Addiction Treatment & Recovery

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

10 AM TO 2 PM

Texas Barbeque

Recovery Speakers

Special Guest:

The American Gypsy Band

Come out for live music and celebration of some great recovery  

 

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Summer Sky Treatment Center Announces Spring Into Treatment & Recover

Summer Sky Treatment Center Announces Spring Into Treatment & Recover

Special Rehab Treatment Rates

 

Stephenville, TX - April 1, 2016 – Texas-based alcohol and drug treatment center, Summer Sky Treatment Center—Announces “Spring into Treatment & Recover” Special Rehab Rates.

With over 31-years of providing addiction treatment to over 18,000 families and patients Summer Sky is—taking a new approach to combating the current substance use epidemic. With soaring opiate use disorders and rates of admission to emergency rooms at an all-time high, we are adjusting our treatment rates for those looking for alcohol and drug treatment.

Mr. Scott Kelley President of Summer Sky Treatment Center says this about the adjusted rates “We looked at the current marketplace and noticed that many people were using price as a reason to not go to treatment, so we aim to change this problem by offering an affordable price break for treatment. Our goal is to help more people to access treatment.”  With a clinical team that is already, providing cutting edge treatment this price break will add value to a client's treatment.

Summer Sky views it as a privilege to serve customers in Texas and surrounding states. Summer Sky is always striving to improve the lives of those affected by addiction.

Summer Sky Treatment Center is a nationally recognized alcohol and drug treatment that is accredited by The Joint Commission and licensed by the State of Texas. Summer Sky offers a 30-Day treatment and 90-day treatment for adult males and females.   

Contact: Dennis Barkway Admissions Director for more information at 1-888-857-8857 or email him at dbarkway@summersky.us 


HHS Releases Guidance for Syringe Services Programs

By: Richard Wolitski, Ph.D., Acting Director, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Cross-posted from the AIDS.gov Blog

The United States is experiencing a growing opioid epidemic, which has made many communities vulnerable to outbreaks of HIV and viral hepatitis among people who inject drugs (PWID). To address this issue, Members of Congress worked together late last year on a broad, bipartisan basis to revise a longstanding ban on the use of federal funds for Syringe Services Programs (SSPs). President Obama signed the bipartisan budget agreement into law, which makes it possible for grantees to use federal funds to support operational components of SSPs under certain circumstances.

To support an implementation of this change in law, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released new guidance [PDF 960 KB] for state, local, tribal, and territorial health departments that will allow them to request permission to use federal funds to support SSPs.

A large number of scientific studies have found that SSPs reduce HIV risk. In 2011, the U.S. Surgeon General determined that SSPs are an effective way of reducing HIV transmission among PWID and that there is ample evidence that SSPs promote entry to, and retention in, drug treatment and medical services, without increasing illegal drug use. Many national and community-based organizations worked for years to draw attention to the scientific evidence and to build support for SSPs. The change in the law would not have occurred without their sustained effort.

Requesting Use of Federal Funds

The HHS guidance describes how health departments can request to use federal funds to start or expand SSPs to prevent new HIV and viral hepatitis infections. Federal funds can now be used to support a comprehensive set of services, but they cannot be used to purchase sterile needles or syringes for illegal drug injection.

The guidance states that state, local, tribal, and territorial health departments must consult with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and provide evidence that their jurisdiction is (1) experiencing, or (2) at risk for significant increases in viral hepatitis infections or an HIV outbreak due to injection drug use.

After receiving a request for determination of need, CDC will have 30 days to notify the requestor whether the evidence is sufficient to demonstrate a need for SSPs. When CDC finds there is enough evidence, state, local, tribal, and territorial health departments and other eligible HHS grant recipients may then apply to their respective federal agencies to direct funds to support approved SSP activities. Each funding agency will be providing specific SSP guidance to its grantees regarding which specific programs may apply and the application process for each institution.

Lessons Learned

The recent outbreak of HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) among persons who were injecting drugs in rural Indiana, and the steep rise nationally in new HCV infections, are powerful reminders that the hard-won gains of the past can be lost if we do not remain vigilant. The opioid epidemic is affecting many communities across the country, and these areas are vulnerable to future outbreaks of HIV and the continued spread of viral hepatitis if we do not work to ensure that robust SSPs and other critical prevention and treatment services are in the place where they are needed. When the local opioid epidemic in Indiana fueled a dramatic increase in the number of new HIV cases, public health officials were able to halt the further spread of the virus by implementing a comprehensive response to identifying and prevent new infections that included SSPs as a key component.

Expanding the reach of SSPs and the services that these programs provide is part of a comprehensive approach to addressing HIV and viral hepatitis among PWID that supports the goals of the updatedNational HIV/AIDS Strategy and the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan to reduce the number of new HIV and viral hepatitis infections. HHS is committed to supporting health departments and all of our partners in the field to conduct SSPs in a way that protects the lives and health of all those at risk for, and living with, HIV and viral hepatitis. In the weeks to come, HHS agencies will be offering additional information and technical assistance to federal grantees that may wish to use federal funds to support operational components of SSPs. Together, our actions will play an important role in preventing new infections among PWID.

View the SSP guidelines here [PDF 960 KB].

View The White House Fact Sheet: Obama Administration Announces Additional Actions to Address the Prescription Opioid Abuse and Heroin Epidemic here.


Summer Sky Announces Addiction Educational Video Series

Summer Sky Treatment Center has announced that it would begin the production of various educational videos to help promote awareness of addiction and the need for alcohol and drug treatment.  Substance use disorders are on the rise across the nation. With the soaring opiate epidemic and increased alcohol consumption and an increase in illegal usage of illicit drugs, there is no shortage of addiction treatment needs.

In the next 6-months, Summer Sky has plans to feature a complete blitz of educational, and promotional videos focused on education and offering addiction treatment help to as many people as possible. Summer Skys President Scott Kelley had this to say about the campaign. "We have served the nation as a leading provider of addiction treatment for 31-years, and it's time we joined forces with other organizations to bring awareness to the public that people do recover from drug addiction."

Summer Sky starts its campaign with " I am Addiction" followed with emotionally charged videos to make you think and seek help. Below is a sample of "I am Addiction." 

           


Slam Dunk On Addiction Treatment Tips

Slam Dunk On Addiction

Texas-based alcohol and drug rehab have launched an original campaign to increase the war on addiction. Addiction is currently taking the lives of to many people in the United States. Summer Sky, a leading provider of addiction treatment services has " Slam Dunked on Addiction" this campaign seeks to help as many people find addiction treatment as possible. What Summer Sky Treatment Center has done is lower the private pay treatment rate so more people can access drug and alcohol treatment at affordable prices. If you are in need of high-quality addiction treatment and want to save money while you seek help for substance use disorder treatment, then check this addiction program out.

 Five Treatment Tips:

1. Affordable treatment does not mean mortgaging the house to find addiction treatment. You should be able to discuss openly with, and addiction treatment program what affordable financial options are available to you, and they should guide you in the right direction to get the needed help you seek. So call and discuss treatment options with the treatment program.

2. Seek out programs that are in-network treatment providers. Most addiction treatment programs are conscious of your personal financial needs, and since the cost of addiction treatment can vary from program to program, in-network treatment centers should help ensure that you get a price break with your insurance company. When you find an in-network treatment provider, you inadvertently save yourself money out of your pocket.

3. No hidden fees when you use in-network treatment providers, this is more convenient than you can imagine. In-network programs can lower the bills that come in after treatment and. No surprises; addictions already produce enough surprises, why not circumvent this issue on the front end of seeking services and go to an in-network provider.

4. Treatment of substance use disorders is already expensive, seeking affordable options for treatment helps you and the individual seeking treatment.

5. While there are many good out of network treatment programs around, please be aware that there are advantages to in-network providers versus out-of-network treatment providers. Do your homework and look for accredited programs.

 

    


Summer Sky March Madness-Slam Dunk on Addiction-90-Day Addiction Treatment

Summer Sky Treatment Center is offering an amazing deal for those looking for a 90-Day treatment program. If you have never heard of Summer Sky, I want to encourage you to visit them at http://www.summersky.us and most importantly call them at 1-888-857-8857 and on of their admission specialist will help you with arranging an admission into their program. Substance Use Disorder Treatment-Texas-Summer Sky