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Ted Jackson

About the Publisher

Ted Jackson is Treatment Magazine's publisher, editor and majority owner. A veteran financial journalist, Mr. Jackson's work has appeared in newspapers and magazines worldwide, including the Financial Times of London, The Irish Times of Dublin, Chicago Tribune, Toronto Globe & Mail, Reuters and hundreds of others. Mr. Jackson was among the five founding bureau chiefs at Bloomberg News, setting up the Canadian news operation for feed into Bloomberg's global wire. A former bond trader, Mr. Jackson traded in London, New York, Tokyo and Toronto.

A Tale of Two States  E-mail
Written by Ted Jackson   
April 2014

If anyone were foolish enough to think that the fight to get dealing with addictions issues out of the hands of cops, judges and prison wardens and into the hands of the healthcare system was going to be easy need only to look to New England, and specifically at the differing approaches of the two neighboring states of Vermont and Maine...

The Value Bitch Slap
September 2012

As a financial journalist over the last decades, I have wrestled with the concept of value. It is, naturally, fundamental to a discussion of prices, markets and other such things with which money scribes concern themselves. Before, as a bond trader, 1980s Master of the Universe (and, increasingly at the time, coke addled legend in my own mind)  I traveled the world's financial capitols where I met legions of vastly overpaid financiers who could quote you the price of everything, but understood the value of nothing.

It's the Money... Stupid!
Written by Ted Jackson   
April 2009

In a very revealing moment not long ago, President Obama showed how out of touch he is - to be fair, most other politicians exhibit the same ignorance - about how rapidly the mood of the electorate is changing toward this nation's drug policies, and about how sophisticated in general people are becoming in their analysis of the issues involved.

Falling Down
February 2009

To hear Ron Hunsicker say it, those in the addiction treatment universe really shouldn’t have had any reason to expect that monies from the vast Obama stimulus packages - which can be viewed as a series of government funded and directed investment initiatives - would be directed toward addiction treatment. After all, Ron told us, spending on addictions would be viewed as too much like an earmark (which was to have no place in the stimulus packages) and the stimulus was supposed to be all about jobs, and what had addictions to do with jobs? etc...

Evidence-Based = Outcomes = Funding
November 2008

Creating quite a stir, the New York Times this month published an article pointing out that what we do here in the addiction treatment industry is unproven, with the vast majority of treatment centers unable to back up their therapeutic approaches with data of any kind. And there is little, if any, in the way of of industry wide outcomes information, the collecof which - even if centers were to set aside their ceaseless, petty internecine squabbling - is made doubly difficult by the extreme fragmentation of the addiction treatment industry.

Publics Eyeing Private Markets
September 2008

As the economy slows, driven in large part by the drying up of credit in the wake of the housing bust, state and local government finances are being strained in a way that hasn’t been seen for many years. According to the National Association of State Legislators, the states overall are facing a massive $40 billion budget shortfall. This is very bad news for the $19 billion a year public side of the treatment business, where state contributions account for over 60 percent of revenues.

Plug N' Play IT
Written by Ted Jackson   
June 2008

In a previous incarnation as a technology writer for publications like Red Herring and Telephony, I had the privilege to cover voice-over-Internet-protocol, VOIP, during Internet telephony's early days in the mid to late 1990s. At the time, the pundits were predicting, but it was by no means certain, that VOIP would sweep the nation as a highly disruptive technology in the telecommunications industry, bringing lower prices and greater transparency to consumers. Later on, a few years later fresh out of treatment and having landed a little early sobriety job as the Business Editor of the tiny Boca Raton News, a report crossed my desk that got me quite excited.

The Absurd War On Drugs
May 2008

The War on Drugs has its roots in a U.S. lead prohibition effort that began over one hundred years ago, an initiative that has ultimately resulted in the criminalization of non-prescription drug use in practically every nation on earth. In the wake of the explosion of drug use following the Vietnam War, the War on Drugs in its current aggressive and malignant form began with the creation of the DEA, along with other programs and legislation, during the Nixon administration. And, now, the newest numbers from the Justice Department are just the latest in a long line of events and data that prove the abject failure of one of the most misguided policies in the history of this nation.

The Addiction Market's Sweet Spot
Written by Ted Jackson   
April 2008

For years, we at Treatment Magazine have watched as one addiction treatment entrepreneur and investor after another focused their time, energy and capital on the high-end of the addiction treatment marketplace. CRC abandoned its affordable moniker after buying Sierra Tuscon in 2005, and even affordable care icons like The Right Step’s George Joseph have caught margin fever.

Our Time
April 2008

For those who have waited years and years through the “Just Say No,” the insidious rise of the Prison Industrial Complex and the overall absurdity of our nation’s policies toward addiction, the time of reform has finally come.

A Casino's Best Customer
February 2008

The idea of suing a casino for one’s gambling losses may to most seem absurd, and to us it did too, until we heard Arelia Taveras’ story.

Taveras says she lost about a million dollars in Atlantic City - she admits she pilfered client escrow accounts to finance her habit - in a gambling run that went out of control. And now she’s suing a group of casino’s for $20 million, saying the casinos knew she was out of control because, for example, she would gamble for days straight while actually falling asleep at the tables.

Taveras probably won’t get a dime from her efforts - and maybe she doesn’t even deserve to - but her suit illustates a key point about gambling, which is that gambling addicts are, and always have been, a casino’s best customer.

Getting the Payors Back in the Game
October 2007

Our Special Report: Medical Models this month examines the increasing use of more medically oriented modalities in the treatment industry, which up until relatively recently has employed spiritual and psychosocial models almost exclusively in the treatment of addiction.

Still Fragmented After All These Years

If you count the birth of the modern treatment industry as starting with the introduction of the Minnesota Model, then the modern treatment business is well over 50 years old. I have studied many industries as a financial journalist, but never before have I run across a business as mature as the treatment industry that is still as fragmented. 

July 2007

While putting together this month’s Special Report: Therapeutic Schools, we came across some seamy professional practices that are quite common among therapeutic schools and wilderness programs, and also practiced in the treatment industry, but we believe to a lesser extent.

Prescribing Opiates
June 2007

Last month, federal prosecutors accepted the criminal guilty pleas of top Purdue Pharma executives, including its medical director, as well as that of the company itself, in what has finally been exposed as among the most egregious cases of drug company narcotics sales malfeasance in U.S. history.

Using outright lies and deceptions in its marketing efforts to doctors regarding the addictive risks of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma drove sales of the now infamous pain killer to enormous levels. In a five year period beginning in 1996, sales of OxyContin soared more than 30 fold, reaching major blockbuster levels of over $1.5 billion.

"Ted, Do You Have a Minute...?"
May 2007

A little over a year ago, Hanley Center CEO Terry Allen asked me to step into his office. I had been waiting in the executive office foyer for development director Terry Lehman to discuss a cover story we were planning on Hanley, which was one of Treatment Magazine's biggest advertising clients.

Saying "Ted, do you have a minute?" Allen waved me over, and, as I always enjoyed talking to Terry, I walked in with a big smile on my face. That's when he dropped the hammer: "Ted, we've heard that you were arrested on possession charges."

The Hole In The Soul
April 2007

We've been getting a lot of emails lately from industry participants reviewing HBO's addiction documentary, with the majority finding the widely publicized cable series wanting.

NIMBY's Double Edge
January 2007

Many years ago, Don Mullaney, the founder of one of South Florida's most successful treatment enterprises, Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, BHOPB, bought a then rather run down residential property in the tiny seaside village of Palm Beach Shores, eventually planning to make the units part of his Florida Model operation. Some homeowners in the village, which consists of a collection of beach front condos and hotels as well as just a few city blocks of old Florida style homes, initially planned to block Mullaney's plans, but then relented and have since developed quite cordial relations with BHOPB, which they view as a high-quality operation.

What Good Parity If Not Enforced?
July 2006

In 1989, at the dawn of our industry's battle with managed care, Pennsylvania legislators passed a bill that contained some of the most ironclad language guaranteeing access to quality inpatient treatment that has ever been approved by any legislature at any time in this country's history. Yet, throughout the 1990s, as managed care wrought its apocalypse on inpatient treatment in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation, the historic state law sat on the books gathering dust, unenforced.

Abstinence Must Remain The Goal
Written by Ted Jackson   
May 2006

Since the birth of modern American substance abuse treatment over 50 years ago with the introduction of Hazelden’s Minnesota Model, the U.S. addiction treatment system has emerged as world’s gold standard. Today, our private treatment facilities attract people from the far corners of the earth seeking a new life based on sobriety and abstinence from mood altering chemicals.

A Nation of Prisoner Addicts
April 2006

In his farewell speech in 1960, President Dwight Eisenhower famously described the rapidly expanding influence of something he identified as a powerful "military industrial complex," warning that such a complex was then beginning to be built around a growing standing military, the burgeoning armaments industry and the new federally funded scientific research community. In the councils of government, we must "guard against the acquisition of undue influence by the miltary industrial complex," he cautioned. 50 years later, critics of the nation's drug policies, borrowing from Eisenhower's coined phrase, have begun to warn of a growing "prison industrial complex," pointing out that powerful groups who have a vested interest in continuing the failed War on Drugs are blocking crucial efforts to reform the nation's misguided and highly punitive approach to drug addiction.

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