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Study brings awareness to alternative mutual help groups

January 19, 2017     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
For clinicians treating clients with addictions who don’t seem to be an ideal fit for the traditional 12-Step model, a new study by the Alcohol Research Group is shedding light on the viability of alternative mutual help groups.

A clear view from a Southern exposure

January 19, 2017     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Brent Walker's "The Hidden South" gives voice to a population that has gone marginalized.

First impressions in counseling prove critical

January 17, 2017     Michael F. Barnes, PhD, MAC, LPC
The first counseling session with a patient will set the tone for the ongoing therapeutic relationship. Here are some suggestions for a productive first encounter.

Five facts about new versions of buprenorphine

January 13, 2017     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Injectable and implant versions of buprenorphine are seen as potentially significant breakthroughs in improving medication adherence and reducing diversion.

ADA lawsuit in California involves major players

January 11, 2017     Gary A. Enos, Editor
American Addiction Centers is a party to a siting lawsuit over the San Mateo County, Calif., Board of Supervisors' denial of plans to convert a wellness retreat to an addiction treatment facility.

Specialty provider sees increasingly receptive audience in general medicine for addiction training

January 5, 2017     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The medical director at Caron Treatment Centers reports that today's young physicians are much more likely than their predecessors to address patients' substance use concerns head-on.

Breaking the cycle: Sex addiction and eating disorders

January 3, 2017     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
Sex addictions and eating disorders often feed into one another in a cyclical nature, and it’s on providers to deliver comprehensive, effective treatment.

Will Florida finally turn the corner on ethics abuses in 2017?

December 30, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Investigations have intensified and media scrutiny is stronger than ever, but observers agree that reform in Florida's treatment and recovery support community will take public money, in a state generally averse to such commitments.

First-year numbers from police program show success in referring to treatment

December 27, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A pioneering initiative in Gloucester, Mass., to help opioid-dependent individuals connect to services is showing success in the referral process, according to published statistics.

Author says it's everyone's job to become more LGBT-competent

December 26, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
With the number of truly LGBT-specific treatment programs stagnant, the author of a new comprehensive guide to substance use disorders in these populations offers advice for organizations to improve their approach.

Is the debate on sex addiction more than a word game?

December 22, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
There continues to be spirited debate in the counseling profession this month over an association position statement challenging the concept of sex addiction.

Including children in mothers' treatment hastens recovery

December 20, 2016     Rachael Zimlich, RN, Contributing Writer
A new study indicates that family therapy for mothers and their children leads to more rapid improvement in substance use outcomes than individual therapy for the women alone.

For now, smokeless tobacco won't be considered a modified risk product

December 19, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has denied one request and deferred final action on two others regarding whether a smokeless tobacco product poses a safer alternative to cigarettes.

Sex therapists group says no evidence base for sex addiction as disorder

December 15, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) has issued a position statement opposing the use of the sex addiction construct to classify problematic sexual behavior.

Study links resilience with reduced risk for alcohol use disorder

December 15, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
Resilience is strongly associated with a reduction in risk for alcohol use disorder, according to a study recently released by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and Lund University in Sweden.

Obama signs Cures Act

December 14, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act on Tuesday, which authorizes $1 billion over two years to supplement existing grant programs for addiction treatment and prevention, prescription drug monitoring programs and workforce development.

Intervention project aims to open doors upon re-entry

December 13, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
Community Wise, a community-based research program, is launching an intervention program in Newark, N.J., to reduce alcohol and drug use among those with histories of substance use disorders and incarceration.

Widespread drops in youth use might be alcohol- and tobacco-related

December 13, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The latest Monitoring the Future survey results, released today, indicate widespread declines in school-age youths' use of substances, with some surprises on the list.

Report from Surgeon General raises concern over youth e-cig use

December 8, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said today that significant growth in young people's use of electronic cigarettes represents a serious public health threat.

Spectrum educates the community through the radio airwaves

December 7, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
"Airing Addiction," now available as a weekly radio program and a podcast, is resonating with multiple audiences in the communities served by Massachusetts-based Spectrum Health Systems.

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