Clinical Update

Helping Families Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

Topics: Coronavirus | COVID19 | online therapy | pandemic | Telehealth | Telemedicine | Telepsychiatry

The coronavirus has called on skills that few of us learned in our training. But you don’t need to be an epidemiologist or mental health expert to take some basic steps that will make this pandemic easier for your patients and families. Telepsychiatry Telehealth is becoming the norm, not the exception, and many private practices have shifted to ph

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Research Update

Do We Need to Be Face-to-Face to Treat Alcohol Use Disorder?

Topics: Alcohol use disorder | Quality of care | Randomized controlled trial | Telemedicine

Review of: Johansson M et al, Addiction 2020 Sep 24. Epub ahead of print. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the potential value of virtual treatment. This may be particularly useful for individuals with alcohol use disorder (AUD), for whom shame and stigma may limit engagement and/or retention in traditional forms of face-to-face treatment. Howev

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Clinical Update

Smartphone Apps as Adjuncts for Substance Use Treatment

Topics: Addiction Treatment | Behavioral therapy | Complementary treatments | Computers in Psychiatric Practice | electronic use | Health Apps | Internet | Media | Telehealth | Telemedicine

The majority (81%) of Americans own a smartphone, and a little over one-half (58%) have downloaded a health-related app ( Could addiction apps be the next tool to improve treatment outcomes? This article will review some apps for substance use disorders (SUD) and discuss strategies for integrating them int

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Expert Q&A

Telemedicine for Addiction Treatment: Evidence and Implementation Strategies

Topics: Addiction | Addiction Treatment | pandemic | Special populations | Telehealth | Telemed | Telemedicine | Telepsychiatry

CATR: What gaps can technology fill when we work with patients with substance use disorders? Dr. Swendeman: Really, it’s about accessibility. In some ways, an in-person model where you require people to come to in-person visits could be considered a form of rationing of care. COVID-19 is creating silver-lining opportunities for telehealth to improve

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