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CEO says providers can thrive if they heed history

September 28, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The second-day keynote presentation at the Moments of Change conference offered a historical perspective, conveying that addiction treatment providers can succeed through collaboration.

Futurist warns of dire outcome for centers that resist change

September 26, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The opening speaker at this week's Moments of Change conference said treatment centers that fail to become truly patient-focused will soon become extinct.

Retreat patient artwork goes on public display

September 21, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The Retreat at Lancaster County's patients are educating the local community about addiction and recovery through artwork displayed at a public library.

EMDR therapy: A pathway for trauma-focused care

September 20, 2016     Jamie Marich, PhD, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT
The practice of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) can offer an effective alternative to traditional therapy for addictive disorders.

Opioid crisis gives rise to new caregivers who need assistance

September 15, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A newly released report from Generations United stresses the importance of serving the needs of relatives who are assuming parental responsibilities because of a parent's substance abuse.

Seeking serenity: It's a matter of choice

September 15, 2016     Brian Duffy, LMHC, LADC-I
With encouragement from clinicians, patients can learn to make recovery-affirming decisions.

Demystifying Alcoholics Anonymous, a chapter at a time

September 14, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
Alcoholics Anonymous is often misunderstood by both the general public and those in the field of addiction treatment, but Marc Galanter, MD, hopes to change that with his recently published book.

ARS designs dedicated residential center for fire fighters

September 13, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
Advanced Recovery Systems partnered with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) to strategize everything from the programming to the interior design to ensure sensitivity to the needs of fire fighters.

Why stigma interferes with business growth

September 12, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
From the Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders: Recovery Centers of America's chief clinical officer urged developers of new programs to offer sustainable, high-quality services and to be prepared to fight stigma.

Conference report: Presenter shows unbridled enthusiasm for methadone, buprenorphine

September 10, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A physician presenting at the Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders endorsed much wider access to both methadone and buprenorphine treatment for opioid dependence.

Well-meaning friends fuel pain-drug misuse

September 9, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health released Thursday collected data on misuse of prescription psychotherapeutic drugs in 2015 and found that 53.7% of those who reported misuse of pain drugs said they got them from a friend or relative.

Capacity crisis: Workforce shortages cast shadow over Golden State

September 6, 2016     Pete Nielsen, MA, CADC II
The advocacy community in California again is calling for a licensure measure for substance use treatment professionals in the state, after another failed effort in this year's legislative session.

Playing cards offer winning hand for recovery

September 1, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
Combining two resources that have helped him stay sober for more than six years, entrepreneur Chris Rosburg has developed playing cards with inspirational messages to help others in recovery.

Some doctors pursuing genetic clues to medication response or misuse

September 1, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Predictive testing to evaluate the potential risks and benefits of opioids and other medications appears to have wide applicability in many sectors of healthcare.

National recovery home group formally adopts code of ethics

August 30, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) now has an ethics code that mirrors the objectives of its longstanding operating standard for sober homes.

Tone of Tennessee discussion of pregnant drug-using women changes dramatically

August 26, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
With a controversial measure to prosecute some Tennessee mothers having expired, discussion in the state suddenly has turned to the need for more funding support for treatment of pregnant women.

Fears around transition to adolescence plague youngest eating disorder patients

August 23, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The medical director of a Missouri organization that has established a pre-teen track for eating disorder treatment shares several observations about special challenges for this population.

Treatment providers must respond to the market

August 23, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
The addiction-treatment industry is most certainly at a crossroads, and leaders have an opportunity to shape the direction of the road ahead.

Group finds few easy answers to common ethical dilemmas

August 21, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A growing complexity of roles in addiction treatment organizations is creating ethics challenges around boundaries and other issues affecting patients, a National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) presenter suggested.

Marijuana debate remains a false dichotomy

August 20, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
The two sides of the legalization debate create a false dichotomy in which the only two options are legal marijuana use or incarceration for use or possession. In reality, there are other options.

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