More than 21 million Americans have a substance use disorder. Of them, only 1 in 10 receives any treatment at all. For those who do receive care, that treatment is rarely based upon proven research. Thousands of American families cycle their sons, daughters, and loved ones through this broken system, dealing with programs not rooted in the science of what is effective treatment for addiction. And as a result, far too many of our loved ones are dying needlessly every day.

Treatment works for addiction—but that treatment must be based upon proven science in order to be successful. Shatterproof supports legislative efforts to ensure all Americans have access to evidence-based addiction treatment.

A new bill from Congressmen Stivers (R-OH) and Engel (D-NY) would be an important first step toward getting this done. H.R. 5272, or the Reinforcing Evidence-Based Standards Under Law in Treating Substance Abuse (RESULTS) Act, would require entities applying for federal funding to support mental health or substance use disorder programs to first demonstrate to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that those programs are following evidence-based practices. This bill would make significant progress toward incentivizing evidence-based approaches, while including a common-sense exception for innovative programs.

While the RESULTS Act was modified during a House markup, and will no longer require but rather encourage more evidence-based treatment, Shatterproof still supports this bill as a first step toward improving the status quo

This is a battle that Shatterproof will continue to wage in the months ahead to ensure that the federal government stops funding and supporting treatment programs that are not based on research and proven results. It’s time to create systems that ensure every American with a substance use disorder has access to quality, effective treatment, just as they would for any other disease. 

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