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Addiction Treatment Will Help Make Health Reform Affordable, New Analysis Shows
Date:7/16/2009

White Paper Details "Unforeseen Benefits" of Addiction Treatment

WASHINGTON, July 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Treating Americans who are addicted to alcohol and drugs will lead to substantial health care savings totaling billions of dollars over a decade, according to an analysis released today by the Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap (CATG) initiative.

The white paper, "Unforeseen Benefits: Addiction Treatment Reduces Health Care Costs," cites studies showing that addiction treatment will contribute to containing health care costs by reducing emergency room visits, hospital stays and overall health care costs.

"Addiction treatment has an unforeseen benefit of making health reform more affordable," said Victor Capoccia, Ph.D., director of Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap Initiative. "When addictions go untreated, a person's medical care is fragmented, inefficient and ultimately, more costly. There is tremendous momentum now to reform the nation's health care system, and including addiction treatment is a win-win for the nation. Access to effective treatment will help Americans live longer and healthier lives, and it will save billions of dollars over a decade's time compared with the cost of not treating persons at all."

The "Unforeseen Benefits" white paper is available at www.soros.org/initiatives/treatmentgap/articles_publications/publications/paper1_20090714. CATG seeks to create awareness of - and increase resources to close - an alarming gap in the availability of drug and alcohol addiction treatment for Americans who need it. The white paper was released at a Washington, D.C. briefing, "Healing Mind and Body: Behavioral Health and Reform," hosted by the Alliance for Health Reform ('/>"/>

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