Senate Committee Recognizes Addiction as a Disease

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) recently passed legislation to recognize addiction as a disease and change the names of two national institutes. Senate Bill 1011, the Recognizing Addiction as a Disease Act of 2007, was introduced by Senator Biden (D-DE) with original co-sponsors Senator Kennedy (D-MA) and Senator Enzi (R-WY).

The Influence of the Addiction Community

Bob Curley wrote an interesting article on the Join Together website about the influence the addiction community has had over big corporations and corporate responsibility. Curley sites Anheuser-Busch’s recent decision to stop selling the controversial alcoholic energy drink, Spykes, as an example. (Read more about Spykes in Anheuser-Busch’s Marketing and Labeling of Alcoholic Energy Drink,

Take Action to Expand Access to Substance Abuse Treatment

Today, Wednesday, May 2nd, is National Parity Day. The public can join a wide array of other health advocacy organizations in urging members of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass H.R. 1424, the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act. This legislation, sponsored by Representatives Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) and Jim Ramstad (R-MN), would

Maine Alcohol Tax Bill Public Hearing on April 25th

According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, 13% of budget expenditures in state government alone go to dealing with the consequences of untreated addiction. Yet, nationally, only about one-half of one percent of state spending is on treatment. Every little bit of money helps agencies like recovery centers for