Leverage population health to compete in today’s market

August 3, 2015     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
Mental health and substance use treatment providers must learn to speak the language of other stakeholders and play a role in population health initiatives

11 strategies for change in the war on drugs

August 3, 2015     Julia Brown, Associate Editor
Prescription drugs (Rx) have changed the game. In 2011, Rx overdoses surpassed car crashes as the number one cause of accidental death in U.S. Then opioids arrived on the scene like The Beatles during the British Invasion. Here's how you can help.

How to be a disruptive force in addiction treatment

August 2, 2015     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
According to the clinical leader of an emerging treatment network, organizations must disrupt the status quo because we owe it to ourselves and our patients to do better.

How men are raised creates roadblocks to successful treatment

August 2, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A leading voice in men's addiction treatment told a National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) workshop audience that the rules that society urges men to live by tend to be the opposite of what works for successful therapy.

Healthy versus unhealthy sexual relationships: Do you know the difference?

August 2, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor
You have to know the difference between a healthy and unhealthy sexual relationship before you can do any counseling on the subject, NCAD speakers said.

Addressing trauma must become standard operating process

August 2, 2015     Julia Brown, Associate Editor
Being trauma informed in treatment matters. In fact, Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, LCSW, said it doesn’t even make sense to provide treatment without understanding an individual’s trauma history.

The future is all about 'the card'

August 1, 2015     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
While financing in the past has typically been centered on public funding, block grants or self-pay clients, the future is all about the card—the insurance card, that is.

Rock honoree envisions all-star events to promote treatment and recovery

August 1, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
In an afternoon keynote presentation on the opening day of the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD), rock guitarist Ricky Byrd showed his allegiance to 12-Step recovery and giving back through music.

Marketing against marijuana commercialization: What's the message?

August 1, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor
At the National Conference on Addiction Disorders, three panelists discussed how professionals can market against underage marijuana use and abuse

Physician panel urges buy-in on drug monitoring programs

July 31, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
An American Medical Association (AMA) task force examining the opioid crisis is focusing on maximizing the effectiveness of states' prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) in its first recommendation.

Indiana will allow new methadone clinics for first time in years

July 29, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A rise in opioid use and an accompanying HIV crisis have convinced Indiana legislators to lift a longtime ban on the establishment of new methadone treatment operations.

Interviews with AA participants illustrate effect on emotion regulation

July 24, 2015     Miranda D. Teel, MS, and Edward J. Cumella, PhD
Participation in 12-Step groups appears to assist recovering individuals in acquiring specific skills to regulate emotions.

Role of advocate in new outpatient center will emphasize life skills

July 21, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Thrive Treatment in Southern California will pair each patient with a "recovery advocate" who will focus on vocational, legal and other issues that often block lasting recovery.

Urine drug testing model likely to roll out nationwide

July 20, 2015     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
The model does not allow for reimbursement when a presumptive test at a lab is used to confirm a presumptive test from the point of care.

Nationally prominent recovery advocate Gillen dies at 61

July 19, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
In paying tribute to Jim Gillen, who died this weekend after a long battle with cancer, the president of The Providence Center called Gillen the "conscience" of Rhode Island's recovery community.

Two nonprofit giants will launch clinical collaboration

July 17, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and Phoenix House may serve distinct patient populations, but believe they can learn a great deal from each other clinically.

High school isn't too late for prevention programming

July 16, 2015     Julia Brown, Associate Editor
Teen substance use can be reduced by 52% with prevention programming, and all age groups in adolescence can benefit, according to a new study published in the World Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Nearly half of states impose bans on powdered alcohol

July 15, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
It did not take long for state legislatures to spring into action this year once product labeling was approved for a powdered form of alcohol.

Prominent name in sex addiction treatment will cease operation

July 14, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The closing of the 20-year-old Sexual Recovery Institute (SRI) at the end of this month reflects a shift toward other levels of care for sexual addiction and intimacy disorders.

AAC deal has repercussions for other providers

July 10, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Now that American Addiction Centers owns a larger, online referral source, it stands to reason that AAC centers would be prioritized for patient referrals over any other client.
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