FoodSource Plus is a food and supply purchasing services and management consulting company that works with human-services organizations that include addiction treatment centers and recovery homes. The company performs analyses of organizations' food and supply purchasing habits, leading to suggested procedures and systems to maximize the organizations' cost-effectiveness in purchasing. The company's contracts are not with the provider organizations, but with food distributors and manufacturers. Services available to organizations include staff training on menu planning, food ordering and budgeting. For more information about receiving a free food cost analysis for an organization, visit www.foodsourceplusnational.com.
Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors: A Clinician's Guide outlines a relapse prevention program that integrates mindfulness practices with evidence-based cognitive and behavioral approaches. The book was co-authored by the late G. Alan Marlatt, psychology professor at the University of Washington and a nationally known authority on subjects that include relapse prevention, assessment, and harm reduction; Marlatt died last March. The book discusses the process of conducting mindfulness-based relapse prevention, then lays out in a facilitator's guide the details of eight structured group sessions in which clients can step out of thought and behavior patterns that can trigger relapse, acquiring skills to meet the challenges of recovery. For more information, visit
Johns Hopkins University Press
The book Addiction and Art presents the creative work of individuals affected by addiction, in a compilation described by the publisher as “stunning and occasionally unsettling.” A panel of addiction scientists and art experts selected the 61 artworks depicted in the book from among more than 1,000 submissions. Some of the artworks depict a life on the edge, while others offer contemplations of life and death. Some of the pieces even address the allure of addiction that many of the artists have experienced. Each artwork is accompanied by a written submission from the artist. Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press states that “each creation is emblematic of the destructive power of addiction and the regenerative power of recovery,” adding that the book shows how addiction art complements addiction science. For more information, visit www.press.jhu.edu.
National Institute on Drug Abuse
A free video featuring commentary from an expert at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) discusses the phenomenon of drugged driving and the presence of public safety programs to raise awareness of the problem. “Drugged Driving: The Hidden Dangers” features an interview with Marilyn Huestis, PhD, senior investigator and chief of the Chemistry and Drug Metabolism Section at NIDA. Other speakers include Kevin A. Sabet, senior adviser at the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and Tim McClure Jr., an investigator with the Ford County Sheriff's Office in Kansas. Topics covered in the video include which drugs are most involved in drugged driving incidents, and challenges in roadside testing for drugged driving. The video is produced by the Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training program. For information about NIDA resources, visit www.nida.nih.gov.
Pennsylvania-based RKL Nutraceuticals has introduced PuriPhyte, a multivitamin designed to help individuals cope with drug and alcohol withdrawal. According to the company's founder, the nutrients in the once-daily dietary supplement assist in reducing cravings while improving overall health. A 30-day trial conducted at SOAR Corporation in Chester, Pa., examining a group of people with opiate addiction, found that the individuals who used the supplement reported increased mental alertness and decreased stress; their scores on the Beck Depression Inventory also improved over the course of the study period. Results of the trial can be seen at
http://puriphyte.com/clinical-trial-info. For more information about the product, visit
Routledge Mental Health
Contingency Management for Substance Abuse Treatment describes the basics of designing an incentives-based intervention to reinforce abstinence and other desired outcomes in a treatment setting. Written by researcher and consultant Nancy M. Petry of the University of Connecticut, who has conducted some of the most widely read research in contingency management, the book discusses the empirical evidence behind using incentives in addiction treatment. The text assists the professional in designing and implementing a contingency management intervention, from determining a behavior monitoring schedule to calculating the costs of incentives to stocking a treatment center with prizes. The book states that contingency management has a significant evidence base but is greatly underutilized in the treatment field. For more information, visit www.routledgementalhealth.com.
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