Welcome to the April issue of RESILIENT HEALTH! Alcohol Awareness Month is celebrated all this month; it was founded by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence with the goal of reducing the stigma of this very serious disease by encouraging communities to reach out to and educate the public about alcoholism and recovery. Alcoholism is a chronic disease that can, with professional help, be treated; thousands of people recover every day and an estimated 20 million people in this country are currently in recovery. Please join us and NCADD in educating others about alcoholism and removing the stigma of this disorder so that more people feel free to step out of the shadows and find the help they desperately need.
This month’s issue is chock-full of information and food for thought. Is collaborative care the silver bullet in combatting the growing U.S. opioid epidemic? Find out how this novel treatment approach uses patient- centered teams to provide a 360° treatment experience based on evidence-based practices and coordination at all levels of care. Our article on depression and anxiety explores the symbiotic and destructive relationship between these two disorders, and why screening for them is important.
We also dive into measurement- based care by describing the underpinnings of MBC and why it is so important in treating behavioral health issues. Sadly, MBC is grossly under-utilized, but the April piece provides the resources for adding it to your everyday treatment plan (it’s simple!). See the related article on the utility of using MBC in treating depression, which explains how the treatment juggernaut can be applied to a most common mental condition.
Our April Fast Facts provides a quick run-down of important mental health stats, many of them surprising, all of them alarming. This month’s focus on eating disorders zooms in on EDs in women and girls, and how these conditions can hide in plain sight. Did you know that one ED in particular is the deadliest mental health condition of all? We’ve paired this piece with 10 eye-opening ED myth busters (hint: EDs are NOT about food) so you can bone up on all things ED.
The new installment of the War on Behavioral Health Care takes an inside look at how financial considerations and access issues conspire in creating huge barriers to care despite extant parity laws meant to ensure adequate mental health treatment. You’ll learn how insurers find ways to circumvent paying for much-needed behavioral health services, leaving patients and providers holding the bag. The Professional Perspectives this time around provides an in-depth discussion on health and artificial intelligence. Is AI a good thing or do the risks of confidential patient information being hacked outweigh the benefits that technology affords? Is the spiritual aspect of recovery in direct conflict with the precision of technology? Read on to find out.
Thank you for reading this issue of RESILIENT HEALTH and for all you do, day in and day out, to improve the lives of women, men and children with behavioral health issues. We hope our magazine provides the insight to make that job just a teensy bit easier.