Abstinence

Expert Q&A

Personal Privacy Versus Public Safety: Addiction Among Health Professionals

Topics: Abstinence | Addiction Treatment | Alcohol use disorder | Legal issues | Opioid Use Disorder | Special populations

CATR: Tell us how your interest in addiction came about. Dr. Earley: When I started working in the world of addiction treatment 35 years ago, there wasn’t much specific training. I was trained as a neurologist and always had an interest in patients with substance use disorders. Ultimately, I decided to shift my specialty and wound up cobbling togethe

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Clinical Update

Learning From the Successes of Physician Health Programs

Topics: Abstinence | Addiction Treatment | Alcohol use disorder | Legal issues | Opioid Use Disorder | Special populations

The rate of substance use disorders among physicians is around the same if not slightly higher than in the general population. Impaired physicians, however, are a public health threat, and in most states there is mandated reporting of impaired ­physicians (­Mossman D, Current Psychiatry 2011; 10(9):67–71). So what is to be done for an addicted or im

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Research Update

E-Cigarettes vs Nicotine Replacement for Smoking Cessation

Topics: Abstinence | E-Cigarettes | Research Update | smoking cessations | tobacco research

Review of: Hajek P et al, N Engl J Med 2019;380(7):629–637 E-cigarettes are increasingly popular, often touted as exposing users to fewer toxins than combustible cigarettes. Might they be useful for smoking cessation and abstinence? To answer this question, Hajek et al performed a multicenter randomized controlled trial comparing e-cigarettes to ni

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