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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.

Research using EEG pinpoints vulnerability to cocaine relapse

September 12, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A new study used objective measures of craving to conclude that vulnerability to relapse in cocaine addicts often is strongest around the time they are being discharged from treatment.

Group finds few easy answers to common ethical dilemmas

August 21, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A growing complexity of roles in addiction treatment organizations is creating ethics challenges around boundaries and other issues affecting patients, a National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) presenter suggested.

Daily coverage roundup from NCAD (Updated)

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

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

August 18, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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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.

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