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How to craft a successful treatment plan for substance abuse

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Topics: Substance Abuse

Video: Creating a treatment plan for behavioral health

What are the key aspects of creating a behavioral health treatment plan template? In this video, David Ballenberger outlines the top elements of a treatment plan.

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Topics: Treatment, Substance Abuse

The Role of the EHR in Developing Medication-Assisted Recovery


Too often Electronic Health Records (EHR) are thought of as only a place to enter and store data, not playing a key role in medication-assisted therapy. For many programs and systems this is the one capability they are designed and used for. But if the EHR is thought of as a tool in the process of change, it takes on a different purpose. Methadone is used to assist patients with managing the symptoms associated with substance abuse. Methadone is often referred to as a crutch and not a true treatment for helping the patient to quit using. Katherine Blakely, a therapist and administrator for a methadone program in Detroit, Mi. sees methadone as a therapeutic tool for assisting patients in Recovery.

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Topics: Treatment, Electronic Medical Records, Substance Abuse

How Well Does Methadone Treatment Work?

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Topics: Treatment, Substance Abuse

7 Things about Substance Abuse Clinical Management Software Your Boss Wants You To Know

Gone are the days when keeping patient records and maintaining appointment schedules is done on paper and in paper charts.  The advancements in software technology have transformed the way programs maintain their records, scheduling and billing.

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Topics: practice management software, Substance Abuse, outcome-based treatment program

Goals of Substance Abuse Treatment

Whenever a therapist is trying to treat someone suffering from drug or alcohol addiction, they are in fact attempting to focus on several distinct goals. The main aim is to prevent patients from conducting any destructive behavior related to harmful substance abuse. Counselors achieve this by focusing on the following key areas:

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Topics: Substance Abuse, Treatment Planning, Behavioral Health Care

Qualities of a Good Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Program

Drug and alcohol addictions leave a lasting imprint within people’s lives. For someone who’s struggled with addiction for several years, substance abuse has essentially altered the mind and body to the extent where a comprehensive drug treatment approach offers the only hope for a successful recovery.

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Topics: Treatment, Substance Abuse, Treatment Planning

Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment

Principles of Effective Treatment

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Topics: Substance Abuse

Best Practice Standards in the Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders

A review of the research and literature relating to the most effective elements and dynamics of a successful treatment program was conducted to determine what are considered best practices in the treatment of substance abuse disorders. The current research-based best practices tend to merge the bio psychosocial, theoretical perspective of addictive disorders. This includes supportive counseling, motivating client readiness for change, and coping-skills training techniques.

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Topics: Substance Abuse