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Obama underlines a collective approach to addiction

March 30, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
This week at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta, President Obama participated in a panel discussion, highlighting several initiatives that the administration is undertaking to address addiction.

Creative use of imagery frees expression among patients

March 30, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Gosnold on Cape Cod is helping patients express emotion in the therapeutic setting through an innovative application of mobile technology.

Partnership allows facility residents to pursue college while in treatment

March 29, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A group of residential treatment patients at Integrity House in New Jersey are receiving an opportunity to further their education while still in the treatment program.

The basics of getting hired as a counselor

March 28, 2016     Larry Adler
An addiction treatment center CEO says his organization looks for flexibility and proper boundaries, among the qualities it seeks in prospective clinicians.

Texas still poised to drug-test unemployment seekers

March 24, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A lengthy wait for federal guidance does not appear to have deterred Texas leaders in pursuing plans for drug testing of some applicants for unemployment benefits.

Success on a new playing field

March 23, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Steven Herndon, who will deliver a keynote address at this summer's National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD), tells a richly detailed story of redemption.

Certification of Mass. sober homes expected to protect consumers

March 22, 2016     Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
Massachusetts is in the process of implementing a law under which state-funded treatment providers will not be able to refer patients to non-certified sober homes.

Physician presence will gain boost with addiction medicine's recognition as subspecialty

March 21, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Any physician certified by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties will soon be able to pursue a subspecialty designation in addiction medicine, which should elevate the discipline's standing with physicians and the public.

NAATP launches comprehensive outcomes study

March 21, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
Seven member facilities of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) will collect outcome data on 1,000 patients post-discharge, in a study that the association hopes will establish industry benchmarks.

Use uplifting memories to benefit patients

March 17, 2016     Edward Hoffman, PhD
Patients can build the capacity to create and sustain a happy mood. Edward Hoffman suggests how addiction counselors can assist in this.

CDC finalizes guideline aimed at limiting opioids for chronic pain

March 16, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week formally released its voluntary guideline concerning most prescribing of opioids for chronic pain. Some physician groups remain concerned about the document's potential effects.

Mass. governor signs major legislation on opioid prescribing limits, overdose response

March 15, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker this week signed into law comprehensive legislation to combat the opioid crisis, with compromise provisions on outreach to overdose survivors and limits on initial prescribing.

No need to lose hope in complex gambling cases

March 15, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A research and clinical expert in problem gambling says patients with multiple co-occurring problems recover at the same rate as other persons with gambling disorders.

The least you need to know about CARA passing the Senate

March 15, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) now moves to the U.S. House, where it may face tougher sledding toward passage.

Lakeview Health executing full transition to gender-responsive model

March 14, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Lakeview Health in Jacksonville, Fla., will offer services in a fully gender-separate structure once its new Women's Center opens in early June.

Recovery coaching signals paradigm shift

March 11, 2016     Richard D. Davila, PhD, and William B. Secor, PhD
A focus on patient strengths in recovery coaching reflects a transition toward recovery-oriented systems of care.

NIH summit will explore what we know and don't about marijuana

March 9, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The changing policy landscape around marijuana has inspired institutes under the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to organize an unprecedented neuroscience research summit on cannabinoids.

Five-day program explores dynamics of problems with money, work

March 8, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
An intensive workshop to be conducted at The Meadows in Arizona will attract individuals beset by problems ranging from workaholism to money avoidance.

Day pass protocol: Not a vacation, but a therapeutic opportunity

March 7, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The therapeutic passes granted to patients in Hazelden Springbrook's day treatment program are highly structured components of treatment planning.

CARA one step closer to president's desk

March 2, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
The proposed federal legislation would authorize new state and local grants, and aims to improve prescription drug monitoring programs and the use of naloxone.