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Treatment centers aren't helping patients nurture a sense of self

February 6, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The closing keynote speaker at the Addiction Professional Summit on continuing care challenged treatment programs to embrace a much broader concept of patient outcome.

Hazelden Betty Ford chronicles journey to becoming a recovery center

February 5, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The opening keynote presentation at this week's Addiction Professional Summit outlined how recovery management has transitioned from an add-on to a core competency in one of the nation's highest-profile treatment organizations.

CASA probes complexities of symptoms indicating possible food addiction

February 2, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Extending its focus beyond alcohol and drug addiction, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) has issued a report summarizing the latest knowledge regarding eating behaviors that closely resemble addictions.

Father Martin's Ashley staff drives Skip's Hall's streamlined design

January 29, 2016     Julia Brown, Associate Editor
Through meetings with architects, Father Martin's Ashley turned admissions and treatment transition ideas into a reality.

Buprenorphine: When to stop treatment

January 28, 2016     Roland B. Vendeland, MEd, MA, LPC, and Ronald Rager, MD, MPH
Two professionals state that there is no ideal way to project the duration of buprenorphine treatment, explaining that individual patient variables should dictate whether to maintain or taper.

SAMHSA barometer shows reduction in teen smoking

January 26, 2016     Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
The finding is important because it means that as the teens get older, they will be less likely to smoke. The national snapshot also points to a serious misperception among adults with alcohol use disorders on the need for treatment.

Can addiction specialists unite on buprenorphine prescribing limits?

January 25, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) would like to build consensus on buprenorphine prescribing revisions that would encourage more prescribers but also protect patient interests.

Marijuana laws breed workplace skittishness

January 21, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Although courts continue to uphold employers' rights to penalize workers for positive drug tests for marijuana, some say that message doesn't always make it to businesses in states that have allowed some legal use.

Aftercare planning goes formal

January 19, 2016     Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
Two leading addiction treatment facilities have brought structure to patients' crucial year after treatment.

A voluntary guideline on opioid prescribing for chronic pain spurs intense interest

January 18, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been inundated with comments on an entirely voluntary guideline designed to minimize risk associated with prescribing of opioids for chronic pain.

Neurofeedback showing promise in addressing TBI

January 15, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
An advanced form of neurofeedback is being put to the test in research involving former professional football players who experienced multiple concussions.

Federal leaders seek to debunk notion that Rx crackdown caused heroin crisis

January 13, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A review article being published on Thursday cites studies that authors say counteract the theory that actions to curb prescription drug misuse caused a rush to heroin.

Assess for a hidden eating disorder

January 13, 2016     Amelia Davis, MD
Addiction treatment programs must work proactively to combat some patients' denial or ambivalence about a co-occurring eating disorder.

Tucson center prioritizes monitoring of patients' sleep patterns

January 12, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Sabino Recovery has taken the uncommon step of establishing an on-site sleep lab to uncover potential problems that may complicate patients' treatment success.

The wheels keep turning for this bike enthusiast

January 11, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
For Brent Fuqua, a diversion during early recovery somehow turned into a business enterprise and a way to give back to the community.

Dallas-area center initiates improvements to consolidate medical services

January 8, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Leaders of Enterhealth say the medical service enhancements at its campus will improve the capacity to introduce new approaches as evidence of their effectiveness emerges.

Addiction specialists report growing struggle to meet demand for medication treatment

January 7, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
With possible revisions to buprenorphine prescribing limits looming, respondents to an American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) survey report increasing difficulty in meeting demand for the opioid addiction treatment.

Patients' high risk for nicotine dependence requires more attention

January 4, 2016     David Macmaster, CSAC, PTTS
The addiction treatment field needs a better understanding of the causes of its patients' increased vulnerability to tobacco's harmful effects.

Four best practices for addressing failure to launch and substance use in young adults

December 31, 2015     Julia Brown, Associate Editor
Experts say it's important to compartmentalize and understand the individual issues that the client is presenting with, to involve the family, and to encourage healthy, fun alternatives to drug use.

NAATP will more closely monitor ethical conduct within its ranks

December 31, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
In its year-end message to members and colleagues, the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) says facility members that are found to engage in unethical practices could face termination from the organization.