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Upcoming ruling on smokeless tobacco will offer window to government's view

November 25, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
As the debate on the effects of electronic cigarettes rages on, a less-publicized discussion of whether smokeless tobacco offers a safer alternative to conventional smoking merits watching.

Should a clinician attend a patient's funeral?

November 20, 2015     Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
Conflicting emotions surrounding patient deaths often manifest in uncertainty about whether a counselor should attend services for a patient.

A hard reality: Some patients will die

November 19, 2015     Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
Do addiction treatment programs do enough to acknowledge their clinicians' feelings of loss when a patient dies? Alison Knopf looks at a complex topic that affects every treatment professional.

Drug monitoring programs, naloxone among focus areas of public health report

November 17, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A group of experts that convened last year to address the prescription opioid crisis has formally issued recommendations that include mandated use of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) by providers.

Unlikely partners ignite innovative opioid treatment project in D.C.

November 16, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The leaders of an integrated care initiative for buprenorphine patients in an underserved area of Washington, D.C., are a urologist and a former medical director in a methadone treatment setting.

Free patients from the rumination trap

November 12, 2015     Edward Hoffman, PhD
Clinicians should routinely ask patients about patterns of troubling thoughts that occupy them.

Turn families' desire to rescue into a positive

November 11, 2015     Maria A. Avila, LMFT, CAP
"Enabling" behaviors on the part of family members have become as stigmatized as the addictions that they target.

Marijuana can pose stumbling block to recovery

November 10, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The director of addictions services at Menninger sees a growing number of patients wanting to cling to marijuana use even after giving up other substances.

A prime opportunity to attack the opioid crisis can't be missed

November 9, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Two Rhode Island-based speakers who closed the Nov. 5-6 Addiction Professional Summit demonstrated the shifting tide in state leadership's response to the opioid addiction crisis.

Validate the bisexual client

November 6, 2015     Jamie Marich, PhD, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, RMT
Erroneous notions about bisexuality contribute to unwelcoming addiction treatment environments.

Ohio rejects marijuana legalization

November 4, 2015     Julia Brown, Associate Editor
An amendment that would have legalized the recreational use of marijuana in Ohio was struck down yesterday, winning just 35.9 percent of the overall vote in the state. Experts say despite the outcome, states will continue to put marijuana on the ballot.

Time for a new mindset on TBI

November 4, 2015     Donna Marbury
Behavioral centers that see patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) will need to begin embracing advances such as regenerative treatments, experts say.

Naloxone: How much is it worth to save a life?

November 3, 2015     Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
The life-saving capabilities of naloxone have been evident for some time, but the burgeoning opioid epidemic has brought issues of cost to the forefront.

President's N.J. visit on justice reform features Integrity House stop

November 2, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
President Obama opened the week with announcements of several offender re-entry initiatives on a New Jersey visit that showcased the Integrity House organization.

Florida facility's rebranding reflects continuum-of-care mindset

November 2, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Delray Recovery Center in South Florida officially becomes Mandala Healing Center this week, and the organization's clinical director sees numerous opportunities to expand on a wellness orientation.

Young adult treatment should be collaborative and developmental

November 2, 2015     Julia Brown, Associate Editor
Eighteen to 34-year-olds struggling with substance abuse should not only be treated firmly and respectfully as adults during treatment, but they should also be given opportunities to make their own choices.

Address toxic stress in young adults

October 30, 2015     Julia Brown, Associate Editor
Many young adults will turn to self-medicating as a way to escape pain, and if clinicians don’t treat the underlying issues, prognosis is poor.

Screening intensifies in N.H., but will treatment follow?

October 30, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Health leaders in New Hampshire are addressing the problem of undetected substance use issues in primary care, but acknowledge that a shortage of treatment options for the highest-need patients remains a challenge.

A pivotal step for oral fluid testing

October 28, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Proposed federal guidelines for lab-based oral fluid testing could fuel more widespread use of this alternative to urine drug testing.

With teens, accentuate the positive

October 27, 2015     Johnny Patout, LCSW
A Louisiana treatment center sheds talk of "consequences" and other negatives in adolescent treatment.