A lot of parents and families of alcoholics and addicts are patiently waiting for a mandate on SUD/MH  (Substance use disorder/ mental health) treatment coming out of health care reform.  After today’s election victory of Scott Brown it looks like the senate health bill may be in for some re-constructive surgery.  I guess it is time to quit holding my breath for Health Net Insurance to cover SUD/MH in this family.  Recovery is a tough row to hoe and it looks like we may have to plow through a lot more  hard pan and black clay for some time to come.  The American Society of Addiction Medicine did make a comparison of addiction issues in the hotly debated health reform bill.  Here it is  →  January 5th , 2010 side by side comparison. All I can say is that America deserves this.