The Problem with Addiction Treatment In America


There is a problem in America that until recently was going unobserved and unchecked:  the problem is addiction treatment.  It hasn’t been working.  We can tell you all of the reasons why, but CASAColumbia, one of the world’s most reputable addiction research organizations housed at Columbia University, has already done that in their groundbreaking report, Addiction Medicine: Closing the Gap between Science and Practice.

CASAColumbia researchers work to assess the impact of substance use on American systems and populations, examine the links between substance use and other health and social problems, and translate knowledge about substance use and addiction into policy and practice.

For the past 19 years, CASAColumbia has produced over 75 reports and white papers on systems including health care, justice, social service and government finance; on populations including women, teens and people living in rural areas; and on the relationship between substance use and such topics as developmental disabilities, sexual behavior and religion and spiritual practice.

Through reports and white papers about the consequences of risky and dependent substance use and the disease of addiction itself, and best practices for prevention and treatment, CASAColumbia offers a balanced look at all sides of an issue. CASAColumbia forms collaborative partnerships and develops initiatives to translate this knowledge into health policy and practice in order to inform policy debate and offer practical solutions based on evidence based approaches to prevention and treatment.

Read the full report at

The Addiction Treatment Problem

CASACoumbia’s groundbreaking 5-year research project, Addiction Medicine: Closing the Gap between Science and Practice, evaluated the recovery care offered across America.  Upon conclusion of the study they revealed these facts:

  • Addiction treatment is largely neglected by U.S. Medical System
  • 90% of the people with addiction receive no form of treatment at all!
  • 16% of the U.S population has the disease of addiction
  • 90% of the people with addiction receive no form of treatment at all!
  • Addiction treatment is largely neglected by U.S. Medical System
  • No national treatment standards exist to ensure quality care

Side Note:  Standardized treatment at most 30 day rehab centers demonstrate recidivism rates (relapse) near 80%—This is the same results you expect to see with placebo treatments!

We do know how to treat addiction effectively but are not offering these treatments at an affordable price, denying the majority of  addicts and alcoholics effective treatment.

In short, CASAColumbia’s report exposes the fact that most medical professionals who should be providing treatment are not sufficiently trained to diagnose or treat addiction, and most of those organizations providing addiction treatment are not medical professionals and are not equipped with the knowledge, skills or credentials necessary to provide the full range of evidence-based services, including pharmaceutical and psychosocial therapies and other medical care.

The Addiction Treatment Solution

CHI: Conscious Healing Innovationsprovides SCIENTIFICALLY-EVIDENCED, AFFORDABLE, HOLISTIC AND INTEGRATED managed care improvements for addiction recovery treatment.  Our program design meets these standards:

  • Scientifically Evidenced Care—proven treatment methods showing 70-80% sustained sobriety
  • State-of-the-Art Treatment—protocols unified across disciplines and in accordance with research
  • Networked Provider Systems—communication and tracking tools implemented within existing systems
  • Educational Programming—for providers, clients and patients, both online and live
  • Systems Set-Up and Trainings—allowing directed and focused treatment throughout entire program, aligning all providers
  • Community Reinforcement Emphasis—connecting each client to a positive environments, socially and through volunteerism, job training, and age appropriate 12-step communities

All of these services are integrated by developing Provider Teams from multidimensional orientations, who are on the same page regarding “best practices” for addiction treatment.  Our outpatient care improvements are expected to increase sustained sobriety by as much than 60% or more over conventional inpatient care treatments, while decreasing costs by over 50%!

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