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A year in review: Top 10 articles of 2013

December 20, 2013
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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In the addiction treatment field, changes are constant and controversies are common. The editors at Addiction Professional work diligently to provide our readers with the most updated news, articles, interviews, podcasts and conference coverage possible. Throughout the year we saw new drug trends emerge, updates in drug testing modalities, treatment organization mergers and acquisitions, executive-level professionals coming and going, and as always, we continued to learn new ways to help those struggling with addiction and making their way through recovery. As 2013 is coming to a close, let’s take a look at the past year in Addiction Professional.

Our articles covered:

  • Medication-assisted treatment, and what professionals in the field have to say about this controversial topic.
  • Process addictions—including sex addiction, gambling addiction, internet addiction and eating disorders.
  • Different treatment modalities for different populations—women, adolescents, privileged, etc.
  • Recovery-related issues including paying child support, finding a job, and supportive housing.
  • Ethical issues related to addiction treatment facilities.
  • Training and continuing education for professionals in the field.
  • Updates in marijuana legalization and regulations throughout the country.
  • Coverage of industry conferences such as the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) conference, the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) and the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) conference.

Additionally, we have the blogs on AddictionPro.com that feature industry experts who share their opinions on current happenings in the field and/or provide us with their insight and advice into specific topics—such as women’s treatment, men’s treatment and research.  

Of the articles and blogs from January 1st until today, the 10 stories below received the most attention from you, our readers.

1. Medication-assisted treatment is working (January) The topic of medication-assisted treatment is one of the most highly debated topics among field professionals. The author of this article, Jeffrey Stuckert, MD, argues for medication-assisted treatment by showing data and examples of how this treatment modality is working in the field and says that it should be the “standard of care in opiate addiction treatment today.” http://www.addictionpro.com/article/medication-assisted-treatment-working

2. Trauma-informed 12-Step treatment: The first six steps (March) This article presents 12 practical ideas on how to strike the proverbial balance between trauma-informed counseling principles and the time-honored offerings of traditional 12-Step recovery structures. http://www.addictionpro.com/article/trauma-informed-12-step-treatment-first-six-steps

3. SPECIAL REPORT: Addiction treatment at an ethics crossroads (March) This is the first segment of a two-part series on ethics in the addiction treatment field. Many common practices that take place every day in the addiction treatment industry are considered unethical by leaders in the field and by government officials- yet it seems they continue to occur. Some of these practices include paying bounties for referrals, using call centers to share patient prospect information with and between treatment centers, promising a cure, and claiming to take a patient’s insurance, when in fact the anticipated reimbursement is very low. http://www.addictionpro.com/article/special-report-addiction-treatment-ethics-crossroads