Articles

A road map to evidence-based practice

June 18, 2015     Cara M. Renzelli, PhD
An addiction treatment center's adoption of Twelve-Step Facilitation illustrates the importance of organizational fit and a commitment to staff coaching in the implementation of an evidence-based practice.

Couple tirelessly pursues help for gamblers

June 17, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Arnie and Sheila Wexler have seen the face of gambling addiction change considerably over decades of reaching out to its victims.

Personality's strong influence on addiction

June 15, 2015     Daniel Angres, MD
Understanding how personality traits affect the course of addiction and recovery can generate effective and individualized treatment approaches.

Former conference center lends calming qualities to new treatment space

June 11, 2015     Julia Brown, Associate Editor
Residing on 182 acres, the former University of St. Thomas Daniel C. Gainey Conference and Center in Owatonna, Minn.—about an hour south of the Twin Cities—reopened this past January as the Beauterre Recovery Institute

Facility's access to insured patients allows for bed expansion

June 10, 2015     Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
A 20-bed expansion of a Spectrum Health Systems operation in Massachusetts will serve both publicly and privately financed patients, assisting in the response to the state's opioid crisis.

ASAM guideline emphasizes complexity of prescribing for opioid use patients

June 9, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A newly released guideline on medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders is designed in part to combat prescribing that occurs without any additional support.

Report touts needle exchange programs as model for integrated care

June 5, 2015     Julia Brown, Associate Editor
The New York Academy of Medicine credits the person-centered approach of needle exchange programs and sees some room for cooperation between harm reduction and traditional treatment.

Tackle teens' resistance to group engagement

June 4, 2015     Amanda Gregory
Creative interventions can help reluctant adolescents gain the full benefits of participating in group therapy.

Exploitation and neglect in New York City recovery housing

June 2, 2015     National Alliance for Recovery Residences
A New York Times investigation that found predatory practices in New York City housing for people in early recovery cries out for adoption of standards along the lines of what's happening in other states.

A runner in recovery finds joy in the finish

June 2, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Strong encouragement from his Los Angeles nonprofit treatment program helped Justin Kirkgard progress from barely being able to run a mile to completing a marathon.

Study makes case for continuing methadone treatment behind bars

June 1, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A study has found that opioid-dependent individuals who were allowed to continue on methadone maintenance while in prison were twice as likely to resume with the treatment in the high-risk period immediately after release.

Help your patient ask for help

May 28, 2015     Brian Duffy, LMHC, LADC-I
Clinicians can work with clients to build an essential help-seeking tool for early recovery.

Trained dog serves multiple purposes at sober residence

May 26, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Eight-year-old Mik offers both companionship and accountability for residents of the Williamsburg House sober home in New York City.

Brief alcohol interventions in medical settings aren't leading to specialty care

May 22, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A new analysis states that the referral component of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) initiatives isn't generating desired results for patients.

Hazelden Betty Ford wants more patients in intensive opioid program with extended meds

May 18, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Newly released statistics show that a Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation initiative with tailored treatment for the opioid-dependent can improve engagement, if patients can take the first step to enroll.

Conference report: NAATP leaders seek to set example on ethics

May 18, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Leaders at the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) clearly would prefer to shine a light on proper ethical behavior in the industry over policing ethics offenders.

CeDAR, NCAD partner to highlight issues of gender, trauma

May 13, 2015     Julia Brown, Associate Editor
Women’s services, men’s treatment, adolescent treatment and caring for the transgender population are all relatively new considerations to the addiction field. Addressing trauma is an overarching trend for every group.

50-year-old St. Louis organization makes steady inroads in youth prevention

May 12, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
As an opioid epidemic reaches across socioeconomic boundaries, NCADA-St. Louis finds opportunities to influence the community about the power of prevention.
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