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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.

Daily coverage roundup from NCAD (Updated)

August 19, 2016     Addiction Professional staff
Enjoy all of our coverage from the National Conference on Addiction Disorders in Denver, updated with new stories daily.

Despite unknown long-term effects, vaping industry business booming

August 18, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
The vaping industry is projected to overtake tobacco sales within the next 10 years, but a lack of research about its side effects has clinicians concerned.

‘Harmless’ cannabis a dangerous misnomer for adolescents

August 18, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
With a THC concentration of up to 10 times higher today than that which was found in marijuana in the 1960s, cannabis has been shown to have particularly damaging effects on brain development in adolescents.

7 great tips for employee retention

August 18, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
Leaders must create strategies to retain their employees, especially in today’s market where there is competition for good workers.

MAT becoming an attractive deal target

August 18, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
Margins for medication-assisted treatment providers are now matching or exceeding high-end residential programs, so the market can expect valuations to surge.

Ethical quandary: Work with patients, family members presents many conflicts

August 18, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A clinical leader presenting at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) discussed aspects of law and counselor belief that create challenges in working with both patients and their loved ones.

Creative process through music reinforces recovery for youths

August 17, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The experiences of young people exposed to music therapy initiatives such as Music for Recovery are resulting in quantifiable benefits.

Specialized forces: Launching treatment tracks for special populations

August 15, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
Successful specialized treatment tracks go beyond slick marketing; they require flexibility and staff members with special training and empathy for the unique needs of special populations.

An entire staff must be equipped to manage patient conflict

August 12, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Aggression control techniques in substance use treatment programs must involve all staff members and should emphasize environment-of-care variables, says a professional trainer.

Roommates wanted: New site seeks matches for sober dwellers

August 9, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
MySoberRoommate.com's co-founder says he consistently had seen individuals struggle to find safe living environments in communities after leaving treatment or sober housing.

Treatment behind the walls: States gather to share information

August 4, 2016     Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
State correctional systems are gradually coming to realize that they can implement successful in-prison treatment programs with medication treatments at the center.

Data on concurrent use of heroin, benzodiazepines alarm researchers

August 2, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A Quest Diagnostics trends report has found that among patients who used heroin, nearly one in three also were using benzodiazepines, in a highly dangerous combination.

Business partnership will establish drop-in center in region still short on beds

August 1, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A Recovery Centers of America (RCA) facility that is scheduled to open in October will include a community resource center staffed by both RCA and the organization Wicked Sober.

Texas university sees broader mission for collegiate recovery program

July 29, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Recovery support for students at the University of North Texas extends to both addiction and mental health concerns, with resources that include an academic department's participation.

Supervised injection sites could open in U.S.

July 26, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
San Francisco, Seattle and Ithaca, N.Y., are among the first U.S. cities considering opening supervised injection facilities, an unconventional measure that has been implemented in nine countries to reduce overdose.

Physician sees wide patient acceptance of alcohol monitoring

July 25, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Remote alcohol monitoring technology such as the products developed by Soberlink can offer an important accountability mechanism for recovery support, says a physician leader in addiction treatment.

Diverse curriculum, recovery coaching among cornerstones of Fairbanks young-adult program

July 21, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Indianapolis-based Fairbanks' two-year-old Odyssey Program for young adult men has constituted a major part of the center's response to the opioid crisis.

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