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Research sharpens focus on glutamate in alcohol treatment

February 13, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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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
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More than 70% of high school seniors say they don’t view regular marijuana smoking as harmful

Help patients break the chaos habit

January 25, 2018  |  Brian Duffy, LMHC, LADC-I
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It takes work for individuals in treatment to abandon long-held patterns of unproductive behavior.

Often in recovery, it takes two

January 16, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Addiction professionals are increasingly embracing couples therapy early in treatment, breaking with tradition in the field.

Leader says California marijuana law puts clinicians in more comfortable position

January 5, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A treatment leader in California discusses the changing clinical dynamics around California's new recreational marijuana law.

Patient uneasiness complicates treatment for stimulant use

December 30, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A clinical leader says that, to a greater extent than with other drugs, many patients with stimulant use problems steadfastly want to remain on the substances.

Holiday help: Five ways clinicians can help patients handle emotions

December 18, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Clinicians treating patients in recovery can help patients navigate subjects such as family-of-origin issues and holiday parties during what can be a stressful season.

Overall teen drug use down, but many turning to vaping

December 14, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Cigarette smoking and misuse of prescription opioids are down among teens, but vaping and marijuana use raise concerns in annual Monitoring the Future survey.

Clinicians seek solutions in #MeToo movement

December 13, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Clinicians weigh in on how to proceed as high-profile stories of sexual harassment and assault empower more victims to share their own experiences.

FDA will launch messages to counter tobacco promotion

December 12, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
news
The "Every Try Counts" campaign will encourage smokers to quit by offering positive messages in the same locations where tobacco products are heavily promoted.

Professionals weigh responses to re-emergence of stimulants

December 7, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
blog
Readers discuss whether and how the community will respond to signs of a growing cocaine/stimulant crisis.

Private practice in the era of addiction

December 4, 2017  |  Sherry Benton, PhD
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People with addictions often have co-morbid behavioral health problems such as anxiety and depression. Yet, we often focus on treating the addiction alone, rather than the ripple effect of related problems.

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