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It's time to be proactive on stimulant use

June 19, 2018  |  Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
Better surveillance and prevention efforts might be needed in order to head off what could become the next drug epidemic.

Is the patient ready? Is that even relevant?

May 21, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
New research suggests that individual-level factors such as treatment readiness may have little bearing on whether a person stays in treatment.

Destigmatizing addiction requires changing when professionals treat

April 27, 2018  |  Les C. Lucas, LMFT
Substance use treatment must be delivered when it is needed, and that often means when patients are experiencing active symptoms of their illness.

Alcohol disorders remain a focus

April 18, 2018  |  Alicia Hoisington
While acceptance of an American lifestyle that includes regular use of alcohol grows, the need for treatment shouldn't be discounted.

Study links e-cigarette ads with youth smoking initiation

April 9, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
A recently released study found young people ages 12 to 21 who were receptive to ads for e-cigarettes were 60% more likely to try conventional cigarettes a year later.

Establish connection with the narcissistic patient

April 2, 2018  |  Paul L. Hokemeyer, JD, PhD
Too many treatment programs engage in clinical pandering with the high-worth population.

Create a 'newer normal' to help families heal

March 21, 2018  |  Michael Barnes, PhD, MAC, LPC
The focus in addiction treatment should shift from individual to family recovery.

Secrets: How and when patients should reveal

March 15, 2018  |  Brian Duffy, LMHC, LADC-I
Clinicians can help patients understand when its's safe to share personal information with others.

Overdose-related emergency room visits on the rise

March 8, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
Emergency room visits related to opioid overdoses increased 30% from July 2016 through September 2017, according to data released this week by the CDC.

SCE: It’s time to advance new ideas in addiction treatment

March 7, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
The addiction treatment community engaged in a lively discussion of new ideas while challenging some old ones Wednesday in Chicago. Expert speakers offered encouragement as well as practical solutions that can be incorporated into any treatment program.

SCE Orange County: Help patients embrace the discomfort

March 2, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Speakers at this week's Summit for Clinical Excellence on trauma and addiction questioned therapeutic approaches that seek to shield patients from uncomfortable feelings.

To prevent gun deaths, recognize despair

February 26, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
Many in the behavioral health profession know through experience that it’s exceedingly difficult to predict human behavior. Even more so, clinicians know that it’s unethical to categorically label individuals as potentially violent based on a diagnosis.


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