With the implementation in January, 2011 of the Wellstone/Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, and the planned inclusion of substance abuse parity in healthcare reform, there is a critical need for a unified approach to service delivery in the treatment of addiction. Current treatment in the United States and other countries is a patchwork reflecting disparate philosophies, biases, and prisms through which addiction is viewed. The field lacks a defining center. The Praxis of Recovery© describes what a treatment program would look like with adequate resources, and with all of the wisdom and common sense and experience and research of the last seventy-five years.
We live in a time of rapid changes. The financial deficits that have besieged most state governments are forcing a re-examination of priorities, particularly when it comes to the untreated addiction in the criminal justice and public health care systems.
This book is written in the hope that this reappraisal – as well as the implementation of substance abuse parity in both the public and private healthcare systems – will result in a “new age” for addiction treatment. Rising to the enormous potential challenges of this new environment will require a conversation on the part of policymakers, planners, funders, and providers about the elements and conditions that are required for long-term success in addiction recovery. This book will play an important part in moving that conversation forward.