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GOP Health-Care Bill Would Drop Addiction Treatment Mandate Covering 1.3 million Americans
THE WASHINGTON POST (03/06) - The Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act would strip away what advocates say is essential coverage for drug addiction treatment as the number of people dying from opiate overdoses is skyrocketing nationwide. Read more
Gender Differences Among Treatment-Seeking Adults with Cannabis Use Disorders
ADDICTION TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER CENTER NETWORK (03/2017) - Cannabis-dependent women may present for treatment with more severe and impairing withdrawal symptoms and psychiatric conditions compared to cannabis-dependent men. This might help explain recent evidence suggesting that women fare worse than men in cannabis treatment trials of pharmacologic interventions. Read more
Too Big to Fail: Wealthy Clients & Addiction
THE HUFFINGTON POST (03/15) - [Polk’s] story illuminates the troubling issue of how to treat wealthy, high-achieving people experiencing a substance or process disorder and co-occurring mental health problem. He extrapolates—as his wealth grew so did his ego and money allowed him to build walls which protected him from taking a closer look at his behaviors that would put a middle income person on the street. While there are a plethora of treatment options for all kinds of disorders, finding the right place that affords privacy and employs smart and effective treatment methods for high-end, successful people can be a challenge. Read more
New Immunotherapy Can Change Cocaine Addiction Treatment
ADDICTION NOW (03/15) - Researchers from the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine have developed an antibody to prevent the effects of cocaine from reaching the brain, which could be a groundbreaking innovation for those seeking cocaine addiction treatment. Read more
Autism Spectrum Disorders Increase Risk of Addiction
ADDICTION NOW (03/09) - Historically, clinicians have been under the impression that drug addiction happens rarely among individuals who have autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), but new evidence proves the opposite. A recent large-scale study shows there’s an increased risk for substance use disorders and related problems among populations diagnosed with ASD. Read more
Why We Need to Destroy the Concept of What a Drug User Looks Like
VICE (03/07) - Images of aged, dirty, and scabbed faces don’t help anyone. But neither does our obsession with attractive, white victims of overdose death. Sunken-in eyes with bags underneath, a scab-covered face, disheveled hair, track marks, underweight, skin covered in dirt. This is what the general public has been taught to think someone who is addicted to drugs looks like. And even now in the midst of the biggest drug safety crisis in our history, largely caused by overprescribing of opioids by doctors and the proliferation of bootleg fentanyl, we have yet to fully depart from this. Read more
New Adult SASSI-4: Exciting Features
Rx scale that accurately identifies individuals likely to be abusing prescription medications. Screens for multiple levels of SUD severity. Enhanced SUD identification through subtle items added. Distinguishes likely SUD from other psychological disorders. Additional face valid items to identify symptoms represented in the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria. TRAINING AVAILABLE - NAADAC CEUs
New Report Highlights the Risks of Non-Cigarette Nicotine Products
PR PRESSWIRE (03/08) - A new report published today by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, Beyond Cigarettes: The Risks of Non-Cigarette Nicotine Products and Implications for Tobacco Control, provides the most current information available about e-cigarettes and other vaping devices, hookah, smokeless tobacco, pipes, and cigars. It examines who uses these products, how they are used, what their effects are, and how the government regulates them. Read more
Aggression Disorder Linked to Greater Risk of Substance Abuse
EUREK ALERT (02/28) - People with intermittent explosive disorder (IED)--a condition marked by frequent physical or verbal outbursts--are at five times greater risk for abusing substances such as alcohol, tobacco and marijuana than those who don't display frequent aggressive behavior, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Chicago. Read more
Can Drug Tests Make Addiction Recovery More Effective?
ADDICTION NOW (03/11) - Research suggests that accurate drug tests during the addiction recovery process can be invaluable tools in fostering recovery and that removing the stigma attached to drug tests may promote addiction recovery. Read more
Drug and Alcohol Problems Linked to Increased Veteran Suicide Risk, Especially in Women
MEDICAL PRESS (03/16) - Veterans who have drug or alcohol problems are more than twice as likely to die by suicide as their comrades, a new study finds. And women veterans with substance use disorders have an even higher rate of suicide—more than five times that of their peers, the research shows. Read more
With $25 Million Gift, Boston Medical Center Creates Hub For Addiction Medicine
WBUR (03/06) - State, local and federal officials gathered at Boston Medical Center (last) Monday for the formal announcement of the largest private donation in the hospital's history: $25 million to help combat addiction. Read more
The Impact of Meditation On the Brain During Addiction Treatment
In a new trend in addiction treatment, meditation and mindfulness training are used to help people overcome dependency during treatment and after rehab. A recent study published in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addictiondiscussed the ways mindfulness-based interventions help people with a substance use disorder. The study stated that mindfulness targets certain biological determinants such as changes in areas of the brain that can increase the capacity of learning, memory, and self-regulatory processes that allow people to have more control over their behaviors. Read more
Deflection Summit Finds Police Want Treatment for Offenders, but Funding Barriers Exist
ALCOHOL & DRUG ABUSE WEEKLY (03/13) - Last month, the first-ever national deflection summit was held in Alexandria, Virginia, where experts from criminal justice, behavioral health and public policy convened to come up with strategies aimed at diverting, or deflecting, low-level drug offenders away from the justice system into treatment, before arrest. Also called prebooking diversion, deflection can help get people into treatment instead of incarceration. Read more
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