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Report from Surgeon General raises concern over youth e-cig use

December 8, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said today that significant growth in young people's use of electronic cigarettes represents a serious public health threat.

Spectrum educates the community through the radio airwaves

December 7, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
"Airing Addiction," now available as a weekly radio program and a podcast, is resonating with multiple audiences in the communities served by Massachusetts-based Spectrum Health Systems.

Process to certify physicians in addiction medicine subspecialty will commence in 2017

December 5, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
An examination that will be used to certify physicians from a wide variety of specialties in addiction medicine should be ready for implementation next fall, organizations announced last week.

Settlement over prescribing practices puts spotlight on buprenorphine clinics

December 2, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A well-regarded chain of buprenorphine treatment operations has agreed to pay a civil settlement in a case that in part speaks to concerns about the mix of services in medication-assisted treatment facilities.

PBS documentary offers a rare look at what happens in clinical care

November 29, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Silver Hill Hospital in Connecticut serves as the focus for a "Visionaries" series examination of what patients experience in addiction and mental health treatment.

Marijuana policy will be much-watched issue with Trump's Attorney General pick

November 23, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Reactions are strong and mixed in the drug policy arena regarding President-Elect Trump's decision to nominate Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.

Transformed thinking gives rise to center of excellence in addiction medicine

November 23, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
In establishing unified addiction services that earned a first-ever recognition this month, the Center for Addiction Science in Tennessee showed how patients can flourish when they receive care in a humane manner.

Midlevel practitioners will soon prescribe buprenorphine

November 22, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
A new 2017 federal policy will allow physician assistants and nurse practitioners to prescribe buprenorphine. Previously, only physicians were authorized to prescribe the medication.

Surgeon General's report on drugs uses compassionate, consumer-friendly language

November 21, 2016     Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
In taking a consumer-accessible approach in his groundbreaking report on alcohol and drugs, the U.S. Surgeon General has created a document that could become the go-to information guide for families seeking help.

A young-adult treatment approach with visual appeal

November 21, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The technical-sounding "node-link mapping" actually brings recovery concepts to life for young adults in treatment, as individuals in a specialized program at Pavillon in North Carolina have experienced.

Three building blocks for a healthy routine in recovery

November 17, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A New York neurologist who operates an outpatient addiction treatment practice says clinicians need to emphasize to patients the common-sense steps toward adopting healthier routines.

Charges against 'Rehab Mogul' affect industry as a whole

November 17, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
Christopher Bathum, founder of 19 sober-living facilities in California and Colorado, faces multiple charges of sexually assaulting patients, as well as engaging in a $175 million insurance fraud scheme.

Health home model allows OTPs to cast a wider net

November 15, 2016     Rachael Zimlich, RN, Contributing Writer
Not only does the promising new health-home model require extra work in care coordination, it also requires a change in the way clinicians are thinking about care delivery.

Facility takes broad approach to family outreach

November 11, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A weekly family support group at AdCare Hospital is open to the entire community, regardless of the loved one's use or recovery status.

Treatment center operator, Florida corrections department tangle again

November 10, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
The Florida Department of Corrections and Bridges of America are once again at odds, this time over the department's plan to shift services away from community-based transition centers and expand in-prison treatment.

Voters in four of five states say yes to recreational marijuana legalization

November 9, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Legalized marijuana for recreational use is now a bicoastal phenomenon, and more states already appear to be eyeing similar moves soon.

Clinicians adjust priorities to ward off burnout

November 8, 2016     Gary A. Enos. Editor
The results of Addiction Professional's second annual Quality of Life Survey show sustained commitment to the profession among clinicians.

Opioid treatment program weaves in hepatitis C care, despite payment obstacles

November 7, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The potential of newer drugs to treat the hepatitis C virus has helped drive Rhode Island organization CODAC Inc.'s move to establish an on-site HCV clinic.

Progress reports on marijuana legalization draw opposing conclusions

November 3, 2016     Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
How is state legalization of recreational marijuana playing out? The Drug Policy Alliance says "so far, so good," while Project SAM replies "not so fast."

Measuring an individual's recovery barriers and strengths

November 1, 2016     By David Best, Michael Edwards, Adam Mama-Rudd, Ivan Cano and John Lehman
Florida recovery residences test a tool for evaluating change in 'recovery capital.'

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