Performance measure development for addiction docs requires balancing act

March 28, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The American Society of Addiction Medicine's (ASAM's) development of performance measures for addiction specialists requires looking both at what's meaningful and what's feasible.

Origins taps 'Laguna Beach' celebrity as recovery advocate

March 27, 2015     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
In his new role at Origins, Jason Wahler will serve as a speaker at recovery conferences and events and will increase awareness of recovery options.

Validation: a cunning, baffling and powerful addiction

March 26, 2015     Marc Pimsler, NCAC, CAC II, ACRPS, CYT
The arrogance that is seen in some patients with addictions is often used to cover up feelings of unworthiness.

Clonidine shows promise in boosting buprenorphine treatment

March 26, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Newly published research indicates that the medication clonidine can help reduce stress-induced craving in opioid-dependent patients receiving buprenorphine treatment.

Drug testing standards: an individual facility's decision

March 24, 2015     Gina Charneco
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) guidelines for determining drug test positives offer a great starting point, but addiction treatment programs may need to look at the standards more flexibly.

Los Angeles County emergency departments attack excessive opioid prescribing

March 24, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Los Angeles County emergency medical departments have agreed to adopt guidelines designed to combat the over-prescribing of potentially dangerous opioid medications.

Recovery coaches offer a crucial link

March 23, 2015     Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
Whether peers or not, recovery coaches are emerging in the continuum of support for addictions.

Initiative seeks additional layer of support for recovering health professionals

March 23, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Bob Coates is establishing a number of resources to give additional credibility to recovering physicians, nurses and other health professionals.

Recording artist will develop music-assisted therapy at Cumberland Heights

March 23, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
John McAndrew will work in both music-assisted therapy and business development at the Tennessee treatment facility.

Young People in Recovery broadens its advocacy base

March 20, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The grassroots advocacy organization Young People in Recovery is inviting participation from those affected by another's addiction.


A CEO takes off the gloves

March 27, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The founder and CEO of a Miami treatment facility issues some harsh words in celebrating his center's accreditation.

A spring thaw in icy relationships over online marketing

March 12, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A treatment field executive hopes a healing process can begin over the issue of Internet marketing tactics to attract patients.

Treating Trans

March 2, 2015     Beck Gee, MA, LADC
A NALGAP board member presents compelling considerations for working with Transgender individuals in addiction/recovery treatment.

Holistic, natural and all-encompassing approaches to self-soothe addiction

March 2, 2015     Rebecca Flood
A variety of gentle, holistic methods can support patients in the early stages of recovery.