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Value Statements

Treatment is essential. 
People with “alcohol and other drug” AOD disorders suffer from conditions that are frequently chronic and relapsing in nature, readily identifiable, and eminently treatable. They should receive professional care for these conditions in a timely and respectful fashion and this professional care should be followed with continuing support through Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or other community support organization.

Recognition is a key first step. 
AOD disorders often go unrecognized and untreated in health care settings.  Identifying people in need of AOD services and providing them with access to appropriate care are “first order” responsibilities of managed care organizations.

Comprehensive treatment is critical to recovery. 
People with AOD disorders deserve to have the full range of evidence-based treatment options available to them, including pharmacotherapies and residential care. Self-help and peer support such as provided through AA/NA, although an important component of a comprehensive treatment plan, is not a substitute for needed treatment delivered by properly trained clinicians.

Support services for family members are crucial.
Family members of individuals with AOD disorders are often at increased risk for AOD abuse and other problems. Support services to family members are an important component of treatment for the affected individual.

Quality AOD care yields multiple benefits. 
Monitoring the quality and availability of AOD services must be a central tenet of any health-related performance measurement system, because the benefits of quality AOD care accrue not only to the individual and family in need, but to the broader community as well, in terms of improved public health and safety and reduced social welfare costs.