Pregnancy and Addiction (November/December)

Date of Issue: 11/01/2017 | Volume: 5 | Number: 8

Issue Links:Learning Objectives | Editorial Information

Substance use during pregnancy is common in women who present for mental health treatment. In this issue, we help you learn the risks of your pregnant patients using alcohol, cannabis, opioids and other substances, and interview Carl Christensen, MD, PhD., who gives advice on how to talk with patients.

In This Issue


New Editor-in-Chief!

We’re pleased to introduce Kirk J. Brower, MD, as the new editor-in-chief of The Carlat Addiction Treatment Report. Dr. Brower is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan (UM) Medical School. He graduated from medical school at the University of California at Irvine, and completed his residency in psychiatry at UCLA.

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Substance Use in Pregnancy: What to Tell Patients

Topics: Addiction | Registered Articles | Substance Abuse | Women's Issues in Psychiatry

In this article, I’ll start by briefly outlining what the research tells us about the risks of substance use to the fetus. The more informed you are about these risks, the more persuasive and helpful you can be to patients. I’ll then move on to discussing how, as an OB/GYN, I approach the evaluation and treatment of these patients, emphasizing issues of interest to clinicians.

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Expert Q&A

Pregnancy and Substance Use Disorders

Topics: Addiction | Substance Abuse | Women's Issues in Psychiatry

Typically, the most frequent problem that I’m referred is the pregnant patient who’s dependent on opioids. And this could be either someone who’s using illicit drugs, such as heroin, or is prescribed prescription opioids.

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Research Update

Can Just 11 Minutes of Mindfulness Training Reduce Alcohol Consumption?

Topics: Addiction | Research Update | Substance Abuse

Mindfulness is a growing trend in mental health treatment, but it often requires hours of practice to become proficient. What if you could provide your patients with an introductory mindfulness lesson in less than 15 minutes and see meaningful reductions in their risky drinking?

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Research Update

Cannabidiol Could Alleviate Psychotic Symptoms in Schizophrenia

Topics: Antipsychotics | Research Update

Research has shown that heavy cannabis use is associated with new-onset psychosis, so a study exploring the drug’s use as a treatment for schizophrenia is surprising, to say the least.

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CME Post-Test

CME Post-Test - Pregnancy and Addiction, CATR, November/December 2017

Topics: CME Post-Test

The post-test for this issue is available for one year after the publication date to subscribers only. By successfully completing the test you will be awarded a certificate for 1 CME Credit.

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