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Cannabis and the Endocannabinoid System

Considering the increased efforts to legalize marijuana in many states, greater public awareness of marijuana and its potential medicinal uses, and new research on cannabis and its constituents, it is essential that psychiatrists understand some of its proposed benefits—and fundamental risks.

Suboxone: What’s New

Substance Abuse, The Carlat Psychiatry Report

In 2010, TCPR published an overview of Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) (TCPR, May 2010). Lots has happened in the three years since then.

Treating Anxiety in Alcoholics [Subscribers Only]

Alcoholism and anxiety go hand in hand. The extent of this comorbidity is clear from the numbers: as many as 45% of patients with alcohol disorders meet diagnostic criteria for a co-occurring anxiety disorder.

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Alcoholism in DSM-IV and DSM-5

Over 20 years ago, at the time of planning for DSM-IV, alcohol abuse was thought to be a milder form of alcohol dependence, or perhaps even something separate involving more episodic, as opposed to daily or near daily, drinking. However, new research has proven this is not so.

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Suboxone: An Overview

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Substance Abuse

Opioid drugs represent one of the great triumphs of medicine, because they are extremely effective at relieving pain. Since the 1960s, multiple forms of synthetic opioids have been introduced, including such wellknown drugs as hydrocodone (Vicodin) and oxycodone (Percocet, Oxycontin).

Treating Anxiety in Alcoholics

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Alcoholism

Alcoholism and anxiety go hand in hand. The extent of this comorbidity is clear from the numbers: as many as 45% of patients with alcohol disorders meet diagnostic criteria for a co-occurring anxiety disorder.

A Primer on Drug Testing

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Substance Abuse

If you are a typical psychiatrist practicing in a setting other than a substance abuse clinic, chances are good that you rarely order drug testing on most of your patients. But should you be doing this more?