About the Author
Jeffrey Fiorentino is a writer, teacher and speaker in the areas of Business, Technology, and Addiction. He is the CEO of Kipu Systems, producer of the Kipu EMR, an electronic medical records system built specifically in, and for, Addiction and Behavioral Health Treatment. Mr. Fiorentino is also CEO of “InRecovery Magazine”, a publication and web site dedicated to bringing valuable, topical information and stories, exercises, and support to addicts and their families, and CEO of PingMD, an Android and IOS telehealth app for connecting addicts in aftercare with their addiction treatment professionals and establishing a new intensive one year post treatment “RecoveryBound”™ program followed by 4 additional years of aftercare to help addicts in recovery. Mr. Fiorentino graduated first in his class in the Studies of Entrepreneurship, with a BA, from the University of Miami, and Magna Cum Laude with a Masters of Accounting from the Graduate School of Business, at the University of Miami.
CEO, Kipu Systems
Former U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, published an exhaustive study named “Facing Addiction in America” (the Report) full of facts on the growing addiction crisis in America. Read Kipu CEO, Jeffrey Fiorentino’s, analysis on the report including its impact on the addiction treatment community and the future of addiction treatment.
You might think the definition of “Recovery” should be fairly straight-forward, particularly for those of us in the addiction treatment community. After all, it’s at the heart of what we do and is the ultimate objective for all our patients
Published June 16, 2017
A study cited in the US Surgeon General’s Report “Facing Addiction in America” (The Report) estimated that every dollar spent on effective, school-based prevention programs can save an estimated $18 in costs related to problems later in life.
Seventh In The Series
Published May 31, 2017
There is an understandable general reluctance in the addiction treatment community to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). In the past, MATs have proven to be of questionable reliability, at best, particularly since many substance abusers sought to use it as a quick fix, and did not combine it with coterminous behavioral modification.
Sixth In The Series
Published May 2, 2017
Addiction is crippling our nation. Over 47.7 million people in the US used illicit drugs or abused prescription drugs in 20151. This marked a dramatic increase of several million over a SAMHSA2 report published just a few years earlier. We are in the midst of the worst modern epidemic the US has ever faced and it’s about to get worse.
Fifth In The Series
Published March 16, 2017
According to our US Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, there is a huge deficit of addiction treatment facilities in America, just as our national opioid epidemic is hitting epic proportions.
It is a grave situation that is counter-productive because it’s estimated that every $1 invested in viable addiction treatment options for substance use disorders saves $4 in health care costs and $7 in criminal justice costs.
Fourth In The Series
Published March 2, 2017
When most of us think of addiction, the first thing that comes to mind is someone in severe distress, whose life has otherwise become unmanageable, whether he or she realizes it or not.
Someone who is in need of extreme care. The reality though, is that addiction is more like a sliding scale. Some people are more prone than others. Some become addicted more quickly and some find it easier to break the chain of addiction once it takes hold.
Third In The Series
Published February 21, 2017
The new US Surgeon General’s Report entitled “Facing Addiction in America” is impressive in both breadth and scope.
It tackles many issues and perspectives, while providing a wealth of statistical information substantiating the urgent need to take dramatic, immediate and urgent action to combat the acute public health crisis of addiction.
Second In The Series
Published February 9, 2017
After a year or so of back and forth, Congress finally passed ground-breaking legislation funding $1 billion to help fight our national epidemic of addiction, signed into law December 13, 2016 by President Obama. US Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, was a huge proponent of the bill and his comprehensive report “Facing Addiction in America” (the “Report”), was a key impetus to achieving this landmark accomplishment.
First In The Series
Published January 31, 2017
Jeffrey Fiorentino tackles the business side of addiction treatment, including the latest trends and threats facing the community.
In the coming months, I’ll be exploring important issues in this newsletter that can affect you in addiction treatment. I hope you find them to be informative, thought-provoking, and enjoyable reading.
Addiction is as old as mankind itself. Yet, it wasn’t until the 20th century that we began to discover tools to treat its symptoms, and not until the 21st century we began to universally classify it as a disease.
Published January 11, 2017
For most addiction treatment center owners, the mere mention of the word “technology” is enough to make you shudder.
It immediately conjures up images of increased costs, added complications and the mysterious unknown of just how much it will actually assist your operations.
Published January 19, 2017
I think we all have a pretty good idea about basic addiction treatment in America. Sure, we wish it could be made more widely available and provide a higher rate of relapse free outcomes, but patients, for the most part, are treated with concern and respect once they seek out treatment. And, while we do ensnare more in the criminal justice system than we’d like, that pales in comparison to how these individuals might otherwise be dealt with throughout Asia and much of the developing world.
Published February 15, 2017
The criminal justice system has given the word Diversion an entirely new meaning. At some point in the last few decades, State and County legislators around the country came to appreciate that incarceration might not be the best solution for people who committed minor crimes because of their addiction to drugs or alcohol or because of their mental illness.
Published February 20, 2017
Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality have captured our imagination, as people and entire industries contemplate the myriad of ways we can integrate them into society.
The products we use, the places we visit, the very nature of how we live our lives will inevitably be changed dramatically based on how these new-wave technologies are implemented.
Published March 14, 2017
A recent study from the Boston University School of Medicine and Public Health demonstrated a direct correlation between a child’s exposure to alcohol advertising and their likelihood to drink as a result. “For a long time, a lot of people said, ‘well, advertising doesn’t make a difference,’ when it comes to the impact on underage drinking,” noted Timothy Naimi, the lead researcher in the study.
Published March 21, 2017
We live in an amazing country! The United States is a world leader in most critical areas, including aerospace, technology, science, medical care, and so much more; providing unparalleled service and making our world a better place.
Published March 23, 2017
The out-of-control opioid epidemic has left most professionals scratching their heads. “If we could only figure out how to stop all this madness in its tracks.” I know it’s something we’ve all felt at one time or another, but what can one person do? Well, two industry professionals have carved out a strategy they say has proven helpful in their practices – The Controlled Substance Agreement.
Published March 24, 2017
Carfentanil. If there was ever a drug designed to wreak havoc – this is it!
5 milligrams (about 1/16th the size of a baby aspirin) is strong enough to take down a one-ton Buffalo, actually make that 7 one-ton Buffalos, and it’s readily available through illicit sales on street corners throughout the US.
Published May 18, 2017