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Report: States missing the mark on protecting public from opioid overdose

June 28, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The National Safety Council states in a new report that only four states meet five of six indicators of progress in combating the opioid overdose crisis, with no states meeting all six criteria.

'Techs' often the lifeblood of addiction treatment

June 27, 2016     Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
Clinicians in residential treatment centers rely heavily on the work of non-clinical professionals who rotate on site throughout the day and night.

Buprenorphine models must be re-examined

June 27, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
One-third of waivered physicians aren’t treating any patients with buprenorphine, so there is clearly ample opportunity to increase capacity, according to Bradley Stein, speaking at the Addiction Professional Summit in Pittsburgh.

Police effort to refer addicts to treatment will lean on community volunteers

June 24, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Volunteer "Angels" will be instrumental in the success of a partnership to refer opioid users in a New Jersey township to treatment, local organizers say.

Companies struggle to interpret marijuana test results

June 24, 2016     Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
The inability of conventional drug testing to evaluate marijuana impairment creates uncertainty in the workplace testing environment.

A case for patients staying connected

June 21, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The experience of Gosnold on Cape Cod makes a compelling argument for patients maintaining access to technology while in treatment.

AMA: Delink patient pain surveys and facility payments

June 21, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
During its annual meeting in Chicago, the American Medical Association formally adopted a policy calling for an end to linking pain management surveys with payment for healthcare facilities, an oft-criticized procedure.

Trading cards: a risky gamble?

June 20, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Some in the addiction and recovery community call prospecting for valuable trading cards a hidden, understudied process addiction.

Understand the mindset of the recovering health professional

June 14, 2016     Joseph Garbely, DO, and Greg Gable, PsyD
Leaders at Caron Treatment Centers say health professionals' recovery success requires an exploration of their emotional side.

NALGAP: Killings in Orlando will profoundly affect clients, caregivers

June 13, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Clinicians should be prepared to deal with the traumatic stress and self-blame that can be triggered by an event of the magnitude of this weekend's tragedy in Orlando, Fla., states the national association representing LGBT addiction professionals.

Yoga moves toward mainstream of treatment

June 10, 2016     Colin de Miranda
Seeing the spiritual foundation of the practice of yoga carries considerable importance in its application to addiction treatment.

Probe the patient's relational barriers to recovery

June 8, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) presenter Lori Jean Glass will discuss how patients can identify and break harmful relationship patterns.

Predictors of death in opioid overdose cases come into focus

June 7, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
A study by Geisinger Health System finds that a history of addiction, mental illness and having other chronic diseases are among the strongest predictors of which overdose patients face the greatest risk of death or other serious complications.

Addicted to anxiety: Steps to recovery

June 6, 2016     Dennis Ortman, PhD
Patients can work in a 12-Step mode toward managing their reactions to harmful anxiety.

A recovery community can foster military-like camaraderie

June 2, 2016     Heidi Voet Smith
Addiction treatment is not meant to be easy, and the group rewards from common struggle are many.

New venture north of Chicago will first target troubled adolescents

June 2, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Kimberly Dennis, MD, a past recipient of an Addiction Professional Outstanding Clinician Award, is transitioning to establishment of an outpatient continuum in her home community of Highland Park, Ill.

Help the patient tap into resource of courage

June 1, 2016     Johnny Patout, LCSW
Activities ranging from 12-Step support to volunteering can help patients overcome paralyzing fear.

Retired MMA fighter gets off the mat

May 31, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
Knocked down by alcohol and drugs, retired MMA fighter Jay Isip has risen back up to become a business owner and published author.

Hepatitis C patients struggling with alcohol: There’s an app for them

May 26, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
Primrose Step Away gives hepatitis C patients access to tools, feedback and personal coaching on iOS devices to overcome alcohol addiction.

Twitter proves to be fertile ground for research into marijuana trends

May 26, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Wright State University researchers learned a great deal about use and perceptions of marijuana edibles by analyzing thousands of Tweets.

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