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Treatment for addiction takes many forms and depends on the needs of the
individual. In accordance with the American Society of Addiction Medicine, we offer
information on outcome-oriented treatment that adheres to an established continuum of
care. In this section, you will find information and resources related to evidence-based
treatment models, counseling and therapy and payment and insurance options.
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President Donald Trump signed an executive order on March 29 that created the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, designed to fight drug abuse, addiction and overdose in the United States.
Trump tapped New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to oversee the project.
“Governor Christie will be instrumental in researching how best to combat this serious epidemic and how to treat those it has affected,” Trump said in a press release. “He will work with people on both sides of the aisle to find the best ways for the federal government to treat and protect the American people from this serious problem.”
The commission is a leg of the White House Office of American Innovation, which is run by Trump’s son-in-law and top advisor Jared Kushner. Christie’s role in the commission is currently part time, as he intends to finish his term as governor of New Jersey.
Christie has embraced the new responsibilities.
“[President Donald Trump] asked me to help with this, and I’m going to,” Christie told The Associated Press. “It’s an issue that I care about a lot in New Jersey and for the country, and so the president asked me to do this, and I was happy to.”
Addiction: A Personal Matter to Christie
Christie has seen the consequences of addiction. His mother was addicted to nicotine and was later diagnosed with lung cancer. A college friend of Christie’s battled prescription drug addiction and died of overdose in a motel.
“He’s a drug addict, and he couldn’t get help and he’s dead,” Christie said during a 2015 speech. “We need to start treating people in this country, not jailing them. We need to give them the tools they need to recover, because every life is precious.”
Christie, who recently classified New Jersey’s opioid epidemic as a public health crisis, attended a White House meeting on March 29 alongside Trump, law enforcement officials and people in recovery. Afterward, he spoke about the perils of substance use disorders.
“Addiction is a disease, and it is a disease that can be treated,” Christie told reporters. “Folks don’t talk about it … People are afraid and ashamed to talk about drug addiction.”
Over the last decade, painkiller abuse has ravaged the United States. Opioids were involved in more than 33,000 deaths in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since 1999, opioid overdoses have quadrupled.
“We’re going to stop those drugs from poisoning our youth, from poisoning our people,” he said during the Major Cities Chiefs Association Winter Conference in February. “We’re going to be ruthless in that fight. We have no choice.”
He has since put those words into action. On Feb. 9, he introduced three executive orders, two of which are focused on combating drug crimes and another is designed to ensure the safety of law enforcement officials.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy survived Trump’s proposed budget cuts after speculation that the anti-drug agency could be eliminated.
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Matt Gonzales is a writer and researcher for DrugRehab.com. He graduated with a degree in journalism from East Carolina University and began his professional writing career in 2011. Matt covers the latest drug trends and shares inspirational stories of people who have overcome addiction. Certified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in health literacy, Matt leverages his experience in addiction research to provide hope to those struggling with substance use disorders.