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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.

Acupuncture helps keep patients in treatment

August 20, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association’s 5-point ear acupuncture protocol is not a standalone replacement for other forms of addiction treatment, but when used in conjunction with those programs, it can increase their effectiveness.

A roadmap to healing for the sex addict's partner

August 20, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Clinicians are gaining more skill in assisting the partners of individuals with sexual addiction. Stefanie Carnes offered detailed guidance for helping partners at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD).

Clinicians must understand where sex, drugs and technology meet

August 19, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
The “chemsex” culture is often characterized by intense experiences that combine crystal meth or similar drugs with risky sexual activity—all facilitated by GPS-based mobile apps.

Military culture impacts treatment of SUDs in veterans

August 19, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
To treat substance use disorders in veterans and active military personnel effectively, clinicians must first understand the unique facets of the culture in which their patients have lived.

Change can challenge the professional as much as the patient

August 19, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
An architect of Stages of Change theory suggests that addiction professionals often underestimate the difficulties around change, for themselves as well as their patients.

Daily coverage roundup from NCAD (Updated)

August 19, 2016     Addiction Professional staff
Enjoy all of our coverage from the National Conference on Addiction Disorders in Denver, updated with new stories daily.

Despite unknown long-term effects, vaping industry business booming

August 18, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
The vaping industry is projected to overtake tobacco sales within the next 10 years, but a lack of research about its side effects has clinicians concerned.

‘Harmless’ cannabis a dangerous misnomer for adolescents

August 18, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
With a THC concentration of up to 10 times higher today than that which was found in marijuana in the 1960s, cannabis has been shown to have particularly damaging effects on brain development in adolescents.

7 great tips for employee retention

August 18, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
Leaders must create strategies to retain their employees, especially in today’s market where there is competition for good workers.

MAT becoming an attractive deal target

August 18, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
Margins for medication-assisted treatment providers are now matching or exceeding high-end residential programs, so the market can expect valuations to surge.

Ethical quandary: Work with patients, family members presents many conflicts

August 18, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A clinical leader presenting at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) discussed aspects of law and counselor belief that create challenges in working with both patients and their loved ones.

Creative process through music reinforces recovery for youths

August 17, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The experiences of young people exposed to music therapy initiatives such as Music for Recovery are resulting in quantifiable benefits.

Specialized forces: Launching treatment tracks for special populations

August 15, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
Successful specialized treatment tracks go beyond slick marketing; they require flexibility and staff members with special training and empathy for the unique needs of special populations.

An entire staff must be equipped to manage patient conflict

August 12, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Aggression control techniques in substance use treatment programs must involve all staff members and should emphasize environment-of-care variables, says a professional trainer.

Roommates wanted: New site seeks matches for sober dwellers

August 9, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor's co-founder says he consistently had seen individuals struggle to find safe living environments in communities after leaving treatment or sober housing.

Treatment behind the walls: States gather to share information

August 4, 2016     Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
State correctional systems are gradually coming to realize that they can implement successful in-prison treatment programs with medication treatments at the center.