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SUD Talks takes on issues of nationwide importance

February 16, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The second annual version of an event modeled after TED Talks will have both a South Florida and national perspective.

Patients' assessment of their therapeutic alliance affects drinking patterns

January 26, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Research involving 63 outpatients indicates that patients' perception of a strong alliance with their therapist is linked with subsequent progress in reducing alcohol use.

Don't leave smoking out of the treatment equation

January 23, 2017  |  Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
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A patient's continuing to use tobacco can pose a major hurdle to addiction recovery. Treatment programs have many options for assisting patients with smoking cessation.

Central Recovery Press acquires works of Claudia Black

January 23, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The assets of Mac Publishing will be rebranded as The Claudia Black Library.

First impressions in counseling prove critical

January 17, 2017  |  Michael F. Barnes, PhD, MAC, LPC
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The first counseling session with a patient will set the tone for the ongoing therapeutic relationship. Here are some suggestions for a productive first encounter.

For now, smokeless tobacco won't be considered a modified risk product

December 19, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has denied one request and deferred final action on two others regarding whether a smokeless tobacco product poses a safer alternative to cigarettes.

A young-adult treatment approach with visual appeal

November 21, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The technical-sounding "node-link mapping" actually brings recovery concepts to life for young adults in treatment, as individuals in a specialized program at Pavillon in North Carolina have experienced.

Health home model allows OTPs to cast a wider net

November 15, 2016  |  Rachael Zimlich, RN, Contributing Writer
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Not only does the promising new health-home model require extra work in care coordination, it also requires a change in the way clinicians are thinking about care delivery.

Facility takes broad approach to family outreach

November 11, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A weekly family support group at AdCare Hospital is open to the entire community, regardless of the loved one's use or recovery status.

Programs seek to emphasize recovery triggers over relapse warnings

October 31, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Leaders of programs that use music and other activities as catalysts to patient recovery would like to see the field get out of a defensive mode around relapse.

Effective treatment requires seeing the whole picture

October 21, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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To offer more effective treatment to patients in recovery, clinicians need to understand how patients arrived at that point, according to a speaker at this week’s Summit for Clinical Excellence.

Seeking serenity: It's a matter of choice

September 15, 2016  |  Brian Duffy, LMHC, LADC-I
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With encouragement from clinicians, patients can learn to make recovery-affirming decisions.

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