National Emergency Declaration Allows Funds For Expanding Treatment
| Aug 10, 2017 | Thursday evening, President Trump officially declared a State of Emergency for treating opioid addiction. Declaring a public health emergency makes the opioid epidemic the government’s top priority, potentially infusing much-needed cash into hard-hit areas and bolstering addiction treatment resources.
In a statement released late Thursday, the White House said, “building upon the recommendations in the interim report from the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, President Donald J. Trump has instructed his Administration to use all appropriate emergency and other authorities to respond to the crisis caused by the opioid epidemic.”
Experts said that the national emergency declaration allows the executive branch to direct funds towards expanding addiction treatment facilities and supplying police officers with the anti-overdose remedy naloxone. The emergency designation paves the way for states and federal agencies to receive more resources and power to prevent and treat opioid overdose and opioid addiction.
It would also allow the administration to waive some federal rules, including one that restricts where Medicaid recipients can get addiction treatment.
Everybody Agrees This is a Crisis
And while the declaration could put more pressure on Congress to provide additional funding, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law professor Juliet Sorensen told NBC News earlier this week it would be a rare move for Trump that both Republicans and Democrats could agree on.
“Everybody agrees this is a crisis,” she said.
Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis Report
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who chairs the presidential opioid commission, thanked Trump “for accepting this first recommendation of our July 31 interim report.”
The study urged President Donald Trump to “declare a national emergency” and noted that “America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks.”
Key Recommendations in the Opioid Commission Report:
- Rapidly increase treatment capacity for those who need substance abuse help;
- Establish and fund better access to medication-assisted treatment programs;
- Make sure that health care providers are aware of the potential for misuse and abuse of prescription opioids by enhancing prevention efforts at medical and dental schools.
It was not immediately clear what had changed since Tuesday, when Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price said the president had no immediate plans for an emergency declaration. In a statement issued Thursday night, Price thanked the President for his leadership in making the move and said it, “demonstrates our sense of urgency to fight the scourge of addiction that is affecting all corners of this country.”
Opioid Emergency Implementation Questions
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta said “The question will be: Will that money be used to increase hospital bed availability, medically assisted therapy for the millions of people currently addicted and widely available naloxone to prevent overdose deaths?” Naloxone is the opioid antidote used by first responders to save lives.
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who has fought for better access to treatment, said he was pleased with the president’s decision. “We must continue to fully fund important programs on addiction prevention, treatment and recovery.”
On Twitter, former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, who serves on the bipartisan opioid commission, said the announcement would “empower Congress and the Administration to take bold steps to fund desperately-needed treatment and prevention efforts.”
Arrowhead Lodge Recovery – Successful Opioid Addiction Treatment
Addiction Recovery and Chronic Pain Management
Arrowhead Lodge Recovery is a gender specific rehab for men, baby boomers and older. Our treatment facility is located in the beautiful mountains above Prescott, Arizona. We have chosen to keep our facility small – and staff to client ratio large.
At Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, we treat mature men who are addicted to alcohol and opioid-based prescription painkillers. When indicated, we also provide suboxone treatment for opioid dependence. A critical component of our addiction recovery program is treatment for chronic pain.
We treat boomer and older adult opioid addiction on two fronts: addiction and chronic pain. A key member of the Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Staff is Dr. Rob Ashby, M.D., Medical Director, Pain Medicine and Addictionologist is our physician. Dr. Ashby is board certified in pain medicine and addiction medicine.
In addition to allopathic medicine, Dr. Ashby has training in alternative medicine from the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. He is available to Arrowhead Lodge Recovery clients for physical medicine, pain medicine and addiction medicine.
Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Rehab for Men
The Arrowhead Lodge Recovery experienced and accredited staff allows us to help men for whom previous treatment attempts may have failed. Thorough medical, psycho-social, addiction and trauma assessments inform medical interventions, medication management needs. Our licensed and credentialed team approach to treating addiction and trauma is individual to each client.
Our Professional Comprehensive Evaluation and Assessment provides detailed information and treatment solutions for “C” level executives, upper-level managers, airline pilots, law enforcement, licensed professionals, physicians and medical professionals, legal professionals and more. Our addiction rehab for professionals program satisfies licensing requirements and gives licensed professionals a new life filled with inner peace – without using drugs or alcohol.
We use a multi-disciplinary evidence-informed addiction treatment approach implemented by licensed professionals. The Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Staff includes a Physician-Addictionologist, Addiction Psychiatrist, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Registered Nurse, several Licensed Therapists, and an Addiction Nutritionist.
Mindfulness training, healthy exercise, nutritional counseling and education, cognitive behavioral therapy and psychoeducation are a part of our treatment program. We have chosen to keep our facility small and staff to client ratio large. Each client receives individual therapy and counseling; as well as group therapy and counseling.
Chronic Pain Treatment without Drugs
Recent studies show that Mindfulness meditation reduces pain and generates lasting benefits. At Arrowhead Lodge Recovery,we have found that Mindfulness Training, integrated with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and adjunct treatments, bring lasting results in addiction recovery. We treat underlying chronic pain conditions with non-addictive pain management and other proven alternative approaches to pain management. Very successful components of our addiction and chronic pain treatment plan include Mindfulness Training and Meditation Training,
Recovery Journey to Wholeness and Healing
At our mountain retreat facility near Prescott, Arizona – mature men find and strengthen inner peace, discover a connection with their spirituality and experience tranquility.
Arrowhead Lodge Recovery is located in the Rocky Mountain pines of Northern Arizona; in Prescott National Forest. It is a man’s retreat from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. Our clients feel safe here and are therefore able to open up and work on tough emotional issues around addiction and trauma.
There is something to be said about recovering in a natural setting where the deer graze, coyotes howl, and hawks and eagles soar that helps men reconnect with nature, their spirituality and personal authenticity.
It’s difficult to describe just how peaceful it is – you need to be here to experience it firsthand.
Opioid Addiction and Recovery Questions?
For confidential addiction rehab and recovery inquiries, please feel welcome to contact Ken Chance at Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, 888-654-2800.
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