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Seeking serenity: It's a matter of choice

September 15, 2016     Brian Duffy, LMHC, LADC-I
With encouragement from clinicians, patients can learn to make recovery-affirming decisions.

Demystifying Alcoholics Anonymous, a chapter at a time

September 14, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
Alcoholics Anonymous is often misunderstood by both the general public and those in the field of addiction treatment, but Marc Galanter, MD, hopes to change that with his recently published book.

ARS designs dedicated residential center for fire fighters

September 13, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
Advanced Recovery Systems partnered with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) to strategize everything from the programming to the interior design to ensure sensitivity to the needs of fire fighters.

Why stigma interferes with business growth

September 12, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
From the Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders: Recovery Centers of America's chief clinical officer urged developers of new programs to offer sustainable, high-quality services and to be prepared to fight stigma.

Conference report: Presenter shows unbridled enthusiasm for methadone, buprenorphine

September 10, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A physician presenting at the Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders endorsed much wider access to both methadone and buprenorphine treatment for opioid dependence.

Well-meaning friends fuel pain-drug misuse

September 9, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health released Thursday collected data on misuse of prescription psychotherapeutic drugs in 2015 and found that 53.7% of those who reported misuse of pain drugs said they got them from a friend or relative.

Capacity crisis: Workforce shortages cast shadow over Golden State

September 6, 2016     Pete Nielsen, MA, CADC II
The advocacy community in California again is calling for a licensure measure for substance use treatment professionals in the state, after another failed effort in this year's legislative session.

Playing cards offer winning hand for recovery

September 1, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
Combining two resources that have helped him stay sober for more than six years, entrepreneur Chris Rosburg has developed playing cards with inspirational messages to help others in recovery.

Some doctors pursuing genetic clues to medication response or misuse

September 1, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Predictive testing to evaluate the potential risks and benefits of opioids and other medications appears to have wide applicability in many sectors of healthcare.

National recovery home group formally adopts code of ethics

August 30, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) now has an ethics code that mirrors the objectives of its longstanding operating standard for sober homes.

Tone of Tennessee discussion of pregnant drug-using women changes dramatically

August 26, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
With a controversial measure to prosecute some Tennessee mothers having expired, discussion in the state suddenly has turned to the need for more funding support for treatment of pregnant women.

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.