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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.

Five takeaways from panel event on stimulants

February 26, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Last week's National Conference on Addiction Disorders Panel Series event placed into perspective the profession's fears about addressing rising use of stimulants.

Research sharpens focus on glutamate in alcohol treatment

February 13, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
New research suggests a potentially critical role for the neurotransmitter glutamate as a target for treatments for alcohol use disorders.

The Numbers: Marijuana use rises among adolescents

February 6, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
More than 70% of high school seniors say they don’t view regular marijuana smoking as harmful


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