Articles

Hazelden Betty Ford designs curriculum for comprehensive opioid treatment

July 2, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Other addiction treatment facilities now have access to a road map to implementation of an opioid treatment strategy that blends 12-Step and medication-assisted treatment approaches.

In selecting treatment, recent drinking behavior may guide the way

July 1, 2015     Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
Ongoing research indicates that approaches to alcohol treatment should consider the level at which a patient drank immediately prior to receiving services.

A national series of events will highlight gambling's harms

June 30, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The national director of the group Stop Predatory Gambling says it is time for more organized protest against governments' expansion of gaming.

New CASA partnership will prioritize adolescent services, process addictions

June 23, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A newly announced collaboration with Yale University will broaden the research and public policy agendas at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.

Drug courts engage in more precise assessment of individual needs

June 23, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
An organization instrumental in helping drug court programs individualize their services for offenders recently saw its 250th court use its risk assessment tool.

Recovery hinges on lifestyle choices

June 22, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Nutrition expert Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, urges addiction treatment facilities to include healthy living as a central component.

A road map to evidence-based practice

June 18, 2015     Cara M. Renzelli, PhD
An addiction treatment center's adoption of Twelve-Step Facilitation illustrates the importance of organizational fit and a commitment to staff coaching in the implementation of an evidence-based practice.

Couple tirelessly pursues help for gamblers

June 17, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Arnie and Sheila Wexler have seen the face of gambling addiction change considerably over decades of reaching out to its victims.

Personality's strong influence on addiction

June 15, 2015     Daniel Angres, MD
Understanding how personality traits affect the course of addiction and recovery can generate effective and individualized treatment approaches.

Former conference center lends calming qualities to new treatment space

June 11, 2015     Julia Brown, Associate Editor
Residing on 182 acres, the former University of St. Thomas Daniel C. Gainey Conference and Center in Owatonna, Minn.—about an hour south of the Twin Cities—reopened this past January as the Beauterre Recovery Institute

Facility's access to insured patients allows for bed expansion

June 10, 2015     Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
A 20-bed expansion of a Spectrum Health Systems operation in Massachusetts will serve both publicly and privately financed patients, assisting in the response to the state's opioid crisis.

ASAM guideline emphasizes complexity of prescribing for opioid use patients

June 9, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A newly released guideline on medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders is designed in part to combat prescribing that occurs without any additional support.

Report touts needle exchange programs as model for integrated care

June 5, 2015     Julia Brown, Associate Editor
The New York Academy of Medicine credits the person-centered approach of needle exchange programs and sees some room for cooperation between harm reduction and traditional treatment.

Tackle teens' resistance to group engagement

June 4, 2015     Amanda Gregory
Creative interventions can help reluctant adolescents gain the full benefits of participating in group therapy.

Exploitation and neglect in New York City recovery housing

June 2, 2015     National Alliance for Recovery Residences
A New York Times investigation that found predatory practices in New York City housing for people in early recovery cries out for adoption of standards along the lines of what's happening in other states.

A runner in recovery finds joy in the finish

June 2, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Strong encouragement from his Los Angeles nonprofit treatment program helped Justin Kirkgard progress from barely being able to run a mile to completing a marathon.

Study makes case for continuing methadone treatment behind bars

June 1, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A study has found that opioid-dependent individuals who were allowed to continue on methadone maintenance while in prison were twice as likely to resume with the treatment in the high-risk period immediately after release.

Help your patient ask for help

May 28, 2015     Brian Duffy, LMHC, LADC-I
Clinicians can work with clients to build an essential help-seeking tool for early recovery.

Trained dog serves multiple purposes at sober residence

May 26, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Eight-year-old Mik offers both companionship and accountability for residents of the Williamsburg House sober home in New York City.

Brief alcohol interventions in medical settings aren't leading to specialty care

May 22, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A new analysis states that the referral component of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) initiatives isn't generating desired results for patients.
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