6 sessions of chronic care management for addiction is not effective

JAMA published a study of a primary-care based chronic care management model (CCM) for addiction. The test group did no better than the control group. The headline is a big bummer for any of us who want to see chronic disease models developed and implemented for addiction. What should we make of it? Many headlines … Continue reading 6 sessions of chronic care management for addiction is not effective

Recovery coaches for chronic disease management

We've been talking about talking about peer supports and recovery coaches for more than a decade. The use of para-professionals in the field goes back several decades. Now, a new study evaluates a similar role for enhancing management of other chronic diseases. Disease Management Care Blog provides a little analysis: There is increasing interest in incorporating lay-persons in the outpatient … Continue reading Recovery coaches for chronic disease management

2012’s most popular posts #10 – Almost Alcoholic

This article demonstrates a big problem in understanding addiction and the a big problem in the current diagnostic categories. ...when we think about alcohol abuse or alcoholism, our thoughts often go to situations like this where someone is at a stage where they are doing immediate damage to themselves or others, but what about the stage … Continue reading 2012’s most popular posts #10 – Almost Alcoholic