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New coalition highlights busy day on opioid-fighting front

May 20, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The newly formed Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose vows to build on legislative momentum for initiatives that include expanded access to medication-assisted treatment.

Conference panel: The need for ethics monitoring remains as great as ever

May 18, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) conference session on ethics suggested that the association's effort to shine a light on questionable management practices could be a busy one.

Conference: In an age of documentation, spirituality's effects can be quantified

May 16, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Panelists at the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) annual conference offer a strong endorsement of spiritually based programming, but with a call for more standardization of practices in the field.

Florida Dept. of Corrections, offender re-entry center reach agreement

May 12, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
The Bridges of America re-entry program in Broward County will refer clients to another Bridges facility, allowing the DOC to move ahead with plans to repurpose the center’s space.

Sober home operator changes course, settles suit against Calif. city

May 12, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Solid Landings Behavioral Health has decided to end a legal battle over a city ordinance regulating recovery residences in Costa Mesa, Calif., saying it wants to develop larger service sites that would incorporate treatment and housing.

Offender re-entry center in Florida facing closure

May 11, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
Despite harsh criticism for its plan, the Florida Department of Corrections intends to convert a community transition facility into office space, pledging to find treatment options for affected inmates elsewhere.

NALGAP leaders say Tenn. counselor law will seriously harm LGBT patients

May 6, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Leaders of the national association representing LGBT addiction professionals say the new Tennessee law giving counselors leeway to withhold treatment is unnecessary and stigmatizing.

BREAKING: FDA announcement means strict regulation of most e-cigarettes

May 5, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Under a final rule announced May 5 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), most makers of increasingly popular electronic cigarettes will have to submit new product applications and disclose much information about product ingredients.

Cigna and ASAM data dive will distill best treatment practices

May 5, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
Rather than yet another study, the Cigna and ASAM research collaboration aims to leverage a trove of detailed claims data to identify the treatment variables that lead to optimal outcomes with lower costs.

Some Seabrook House patients now leaving with doses of naloxone

May 3, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
An in-house pharmacy and a savings offer from a manufacturer are allowing Seabrook House to give doses of the opioid overdose reversal drug to discharged patients.

Treatment organization drives launch of day to celebrate recovery from eating disorders

April 29, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Organizers of the first Eating Recovery Day (May 3) are encouraging the sharing of inspirational stories of recovery.

Controversies over marijuana, naloxone explode in Maine

April 27, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The state of Maine has generated national buzz over a proposal to allow medical marijuana use for opioid addiction, as well as a gubernatorial veto of legislation intended to expand access to naloxone.

Researchers progress with groundbreaking anorexia study

April 22, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
The Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative (ANGI) is believed to be the largest and most rigorous genetic investigation of eating disorders in history.

Report: Medications can be comfortably integrated into drug court programs

April 20, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A report from the Legal Action Center uses the example of New York state drug courts to conclude that medication-assisted treatment can be successfully implemented in such settings.

New group funds patient copays for treatment

April 19, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
The Insured Consumer Access Network (ICAN) will model its efforts for addiction treatment patients after the payment assistance offered to some consumers by pharmaceutical companies.

Survey of young adults finds differences from social norms theory

April 18, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
A newly published study based on an online survey of young adults finds that perhaps these young people are not as inaccurate about their projections of peers' alcohol use as has been believed.

Use multiple strategies to help young adults launch

April 15, 2016     Julia Brown, Associate Editor
A spectrum of problems, from trauma to lack of life skills, requires attention in this population.

Innovator in young-adult recovery support will launch women's program

April 13, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Editor
Connecticut-based Turning Point, now to be known as Turnbridge, in June will open a women's aftercare program modeled after its efforts with young-adult males.

Why counselor licensure in California might pass this time

April 13, 2016     Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
A more united, and smaller, community of credentialing organizations could pave the way for alcohol and drug counselor licensure legislation that supporters believe would elevate the profession.

Tucson facility focuses on treating trauma

April 12, 2016     Julia Brown, Associate Editor
An upscale residential treatment center that focuses on addressing trauma as the root cause of addiction has opened in Tucson, Ariz. Sabino Recovery sits in the Sonoran Desert on 100 acres that border national forests.