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Effective treatment requires seeing the whole picture

October 21, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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
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
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
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
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
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.

Gosnold expands use of innovative technique for patient expression

August 1, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
A private donation has allowed Gosnold on Cape Cod to equip its Emerson House women's program with computers to be used for Expressive Digital Imagery (EDI) sessions.

WestBridge Shares Their Perspective When Treating Dual Diagnosis

July 25, 2016  |  Adam Armstrong
In this short video, WestBridge employees define the meaning of Co-occurring Disorders as when an individual is experiencing both symptoms of mental health and substance use disorders together—also known as Dual Diagnosis.

'Techs' often the lifeblood of addiction treatment

June 27, 2016  |  Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
Clinicians in residential treatment centers rely heavily on the work of non-clinical professionals who rotate on site throughout the day and night.

Study finds minimal physical effects in longtime marijuana users

June 3, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
A long-term study comparing marijuana smokers and others on multiple measures of physical health showed few health effects in the marijuana group, but researchers warn against misinterpreting the results.

A recovery community can foster military-like camaraderie

June 2, 2016  |  Heidi Voet Smith
Addiction treatment is not meant to be easy, and the group rewards from common struggle are many.

Help the patient tap into resource of courage

June 1, 2016  |  Johnny Patout, LCSW
Activities ranging from 12-Step support to volunteering can help patients overcome paralyzing fear.


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