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10 misconceptions you might hear from patients

March 23, 2017  |  Roland Vendeland, MEd, MA, LPC
article
A counselor in an opioid treatment clinic discusses patient misconceptions about addiction and recovery, and how a clinician might address them.

Is politics becoming a clinical issue in your program?

March 20, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
blog
Some addiction professionals are reporting an increase in patient anxiety related to the national political debate, and this is having serious ramifications for some.

Published study questions gateway theory's application to e-cigarettes

March 14, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
article
Two prominent public health researchers say the notion that e-cigarettes are leading non-smokers to use tobacco is based on flawed research.

Report calls for more action to mitigate risks of nicotine products

March 13, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
article
A report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse discusses the relative risks and benefits of non-cigarette nicotine products, calling for greater vigilance among regulators and healthcare professionals.

A program's approach to relapse sets the entire tone

February 22, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
article
The CEO of Sovereign Health Group combats the traditional outlook toward patient successes and failures.

SUD Talks takes on issues of nationwide importance

February 16, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
article
The second annual version of an event modeled after TED Talks will have both a South Florida and national perspective.

Patients' assessment of their therapeutic alliance affects drinking patterns

January 26, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Research involving 63 outpatients indicates that patients' perception of a strong alliance with their therapist is linked with subsequent progress in reducing alcohol use.

Don't leave smoking out of the treatment equation

January 23, 2017  |  Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
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A patient's continuing to use tobacco can pose a major hurdle to addiction recovery. Treatment programs have many options for assisting patients with smoking cessation.

Central Recovery Press acquires works of Claudia Black

January 23, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
news
The assets of Mac Publishing will be rebranded as The Claudia Black Library.

First impressions in counseling prove critical

January 17, 2017  |  Michael F. Barnes, PhD, MAC, LPC
article
The first counseling session with a patient will set the tone for the ongoing therapeutic relationship. Here are some suggestions for a productive first encounter.

For now, smokeless tobacco won't be considered a modified risk product

December 19, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has denied one request and deferred final action on two others regarding whether a smokeless tobacco product poses a safer alternative to cigarettes.

A young-adult treatment approach with visual appeal

November 21, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
article
The technical-sounding "node-link mapping" actually brings recovery concepts to life for young adults in treatment, as individuals in a specialized program at Pavillon in North Carolina have experienced.

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