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Contingency management therapy – ensuring positive outcomes in patient retention and drug abstinence
01-31-18 Category: Substance Abuse, Treatment

Despite immense advancements in medical science, it is a challenging task to select the right treatment for the people struggling with substance abuse. Since every individual needs a more integrated, individualized, comprehensive and long-term approach of care, it becomes quite difficult to provide quality substance abuse treatment to everyone. In the absence of one effective […]

SB 636 – the bill that can deal with patient brokering in California
01-30-18 Category: Addiction, Addiction Treatment

Imagine a person addicted to drugs being taken to a substandard facility instead of providing the best rehabilitation treatment available, which leads to the deterioration in his or her condition. Probably, it happened because the person guiding the addiction patient was actually a “broker” who had received a hefty commission for the referral to that […]

01-25-18 Category: Addiction Treatment

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently informed that it had modified a regulation to permit more healthcare workers, especially in rural areas, to prescribe medicines for treating opioid addiction. Considering the fact that rural America faces a shortage of doctors, the move is being seen as an important step in fighting the ongoing […]

Vermont becomes first US state to legalize recreational cannabis through legislature
01-24-18 Category: Marijuana

Vermont Governor Phil Scott on Jan. 22, 2018, signed a marijuana legislation — House Bill 511 — into law, which makes the state to be the first in the United States to legalize recreational cannabis by an act of state legislature, rather than by a ballot measure. The new law makes it legal to possess […]

States with legal marijuana programs saw 15% drop in alcohol sales, finds study

The alcohol consumption rate in the United States seem to be related to the growing legalization of medical marijuana nationwide. Researchers from the University of Connecticut, Georgia State University and Universidad del Pacifico, Lima, found that medical marijuana laws led to 15 percent drop in alcohol sales in states with legal cannabis programs. The study […]

MDMA-assisted psychotherapy can provide breakthrough in PTSD treatment
01-23-18 Category: Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health

In what could be one of the most revolutionary approaches to treating post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine or MDMA alongside psychotherapy in a controlled setting could be the most effective treatment for the problem. Scientists across North America, including researchers from the Canadian province of British Columbia, are gearing up for the third and […]

Can safe injection sites curb ongoing opioid crisis?
01-17-18 Category: Addiction, Substance Abuse

In the wake of the opioid epidemic ravaging the United States, cities like San Francisco, Seattle, Denver and New York City are considering to allow supervised injection facility (SIF) for people with addiction to heroin and other opioids. Such safe sites would cater exclusively to individuals hooked on heroin or opioids, providing them with a […]

Millennials more likely than other groups to seek treatment for addiction, says study
01-15-18 Category: Mental Health Treatment

Generation Y is known for its obsession with technology and themselves and is generally derided as narcissistic. The go-getters often push themselves toward a wide range of challenges, causing a great deal of stress and anxiety. Moreover, growing up at a time when the nation was flooded with prescription opioids, millennials always ran the risk […]

Sharp rise in alcohol-related emergency room visits in US, finds study

It seems the ongoing opioid epidemic is overshadowing the scourge of alcoholism in the United States, as a recent study has suggested that the emergency room (ER) visits for alcohol intoxication have seen a significant rise in recent years. According to the study published recently in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 2014 saw […]

Feds freeze national registry for addiction and mental health programs

Federal health officials have frozen the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) housed within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The registry was launched in 1997 to provide a robust database containing hundreds of professional mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs already examined and validated by an independent […]

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