Addiction

Research Update

Buprenorphine Reduces Total Cost of Care

Topics: Addiction | Research Updates | Substance Abuse

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More Questions Than Answers About New Addiction

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The New Science on AA and 12-Step Facilitation

Topics: Addiction | Substance Abuse

In this modern era of neuroscience, how can we take seriously the notion that an effective way to address the chronically relapsing brain disease of addiction is by recommending that those affected congregate frequently in rented church basements to discuss their addiction and recovery experiences? And yet, over the past 75 years, Alcoholics Anonymou

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AA and TSF

Topics: Addiction | Substance Abuse

Twelve-Step Facilitation (TSF) is a form of psychotherapy directly adapted from AA. The primary goals are acceptance and surrender. Acceptance is defined “as the breakdown of the illusion that the individual, through willpower alone, can effectively and reliably limit or control his/her use of alcohol and/or other drugs” (Nowinski J & Baker S

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Alternatives to 12-Step Recovery

Topics: Addiction | Substance Abuse

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and its 12-step cousins are the oldest, best known, and most widely available recovery support groups. In recent decades, however, a number of alternatives have appeared that may be better suited for some people in recovery (Humphreys K, J Subst Abuse Treat 2004;26(3):151–158; Kelly JF & White WL, J Groups Addict Recover

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Book Review: Authors Question AA’s Effectiveness

Topics: Addiction | Substance Abuse

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) occupies such a prominent place in popular culture and addiction treatment that it seems a little odd to question its effectiveness. But odd, counterintuitive questions about AA have been accumulating for years, and we finally have a book that collects them all in one place. Lance Dodes, MD, a psychiatrist who has spent deca

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A Philosopher’s Take on Alcoholics Anonymous

Topics: Addiction | Substance Abuse

[Editor’s Note: Clancy Martin is the author of the novel, How to Sell. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and London Review of Books. Martin’s essay, “The Drunk’s Club” (http://bit.ly/1ipLo9R), which appeared in the January 2011 issue of Harper’s Magazine, described his own experience with addiction.]

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Research Update

SBIRT—How Low Can You Go?

Topics: Addiction | Substance Abuse

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News of Note

Hookah Use Substantially Increasing Among Teens

Topics: Addiction | Child Psychiatry

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Informed Consent in Opioid Addiction Treatment: An Ethical Obligation

Topics: Addiction | Free Articles | Psychopharmacology Tips

Informed consent—whether it be for psychotherapy, prescribing a medication, or performing a surgical procedure—is an ethical principle firmly established in law and medicine. While there has been no formal research on this subject, my experience suggests that many addiction treatment programs fail to obtain valid informed consent. The starkest ex

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Vivitrol: Another Option for Opioid Addiction?

Topics: Addiction | Psychopharmacology Tips

Naltrexone first hit the US market as an oral medication (ReVia) way back in 1984. Over the years, it developed a solid reputation for treating alcoholism and remains a first-line therapy today. Naltrexone was a bust, however, when it came to treating opioid addiction. Oral naltrexone has been found to be no better than placebo at achieving abstinenc

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Methadone versus Buprenorphine

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Research Update

Addiction Following Bariatric Surgery

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FDA Approves New Naloxone Device to Prevent Overdose Deaths

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WHO Releases Guidelines on Perinatal Addiction

Topics: Addiction | News of Note | Women's Issues in Psychiatry

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A Personal Tale of Loss: How Providers Can Help with Grief

Topics: Addiction

My oldest son Aaron died of a heroin overdose in May 2007 at age 33. He had battled addiction for more than 20 years. The death of a child is an unfathomable loss. Losing a child to addiction carries with it a different kind of grief, often wrapped up in stigma, guilt, and shame. The reaction of others, including the healthcare providers who tried to

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Caring for Clinical Caregivers

Topics: Addiction | Practice Tools and Tips

In today’s fast-paced, technology-focused, and cost-conscious healthcare environment, many clinical caregivers find themselves anxious, frustrated, and under pressure. For people working in substance abuse treatment, those feelings can be magnified as they work with patients with chronic illnesses who often struggle to change their lives, frequentl

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Legal Dimensions of Bad Outcomes

Topics: Addiction | Practice Tools and Tips

Mark Whitmore can be contacted at mwhitmore@bassford.com

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Research Update

Single Question Screeners for Addiction

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Possible Solution to the “Poppy Seed Defense”

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