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Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity

July 25, 2016

Most people in the behavioral health industry know what the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act is, and those who are not aware will probably look at you as if you have five heads. It can be a complex … Continue reading

New DCF Rules Regarding Referrals to Recovery Residences

July 19, 2016

The Department of Children and Families of Florida (DCF) has recently implemented sweeping changes to the rules governing referrals to recovery residences. DCF has mandated that in order for addiction treatment centers to legally refer a client to a recovery … Continue reading

Naloxone – The New, Lifesaving Drug?

February 1, 2016

The opiate overdose epidemic has hit home on every level. On one hand, the news and entertainment industries have finally given the issue the respect and coverage it deserves. On the other hand, the problem has become so severe that … Continue reading

Surgeon General Announces a Breakthrough Report

November 20, 2015

The Surgeon General of the United States recently announced plans for the first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on substance abuse, addiction and mental health. This is a groundbreaking and exciting time in the fight against substance abuse and mental health problems. … Continue reading

Disparities in Behavioral Health – An Analysis of a recent SAMHSA Report

August 31, 2015

To mark National Minority Health month in July, SAMHSA released a report on the disparities of behavioral health between ethnic groups in the United States. Using statistics from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an analysis … Continue reading

Marriage Reduces Heavy Drinking in Young Adults

August 19, 2015

A collaborative study between the University of Missouri and Arizona State University showed strong evidence that young adults significantly curbed their heavy drinking after getting married. This was especially apparent in those who had a severe drinking problem before they … Continue reading

The Scourge of Synthetic Marijuana

February 10, 2015

Of the 1.2 million Emergency Room visits related to illicit drugs in 2011, only 28,531 were related to synthetic marijuana or cannabinoids. It may not seem like a big number, but consider that in 2010 there were only 11,406. This … Continue reading

Most Who Drink Excessively Are Not Alcoholics

January 23, 2015

A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, working alongside The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that 9 of 10 people who are considered excessive drinkers do not suffer from alcohol dependence. For the … Continue reading

The State of Substance Abuse in The US

December 8, 2014

To coincide with national recovery month the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or SAMHSA released a report on the breadth of substance abuse and mental illness in United States. The report shows both some alarming statistics as well … Continue reading

Make Every Month National Recovery Month

October 11, 2014

Celebrating its 25th year, SAMHSA’s National Recovery Month has become an invaluable tool to spread the word on recovery from alcohol and drugs. The Academy for Addiction Professionals was proud to be a National Recovery Month Planning Partner last month. … Continue reading

Just Talking About Alcohol May Increase Aggressiveness

September 21, 2014

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” This age-old truism may not be applicable to alcohol. A team of clinicians from the UK and the US sought to understand the relationship between simply talking … Continue reading

Alprazolam Abuse Is Rising

September 5, 2014

SAMHSA has flagged yet another disturbing trend in prescription drug abuse. Based on data from its Drug Abuse Warning Network, put in place to monitor drug-related emergency department statistics, we are seeing an increase in emergency department visits related to … Continue reading

The link between heart failure and depression

May 27, 2014

There’s no doubt that depression is a significant societal concern. It is often the cause and/or the result of substance abuse and addiction. As one of the most common psychological disorders in the United States, depression affects those of all … Continue reading

Alcohol Consumption May Increase Stroke Mortality

April 20, 2014

New research conducted by the University of Eastern Finland and published in Acta Neurologica Scandinavica and retrieved in Medical News Today shows that men who drink alcohol more than twice a week have a risk of stroke mortality three times … Continue reading

Meditation & Substance Abuse

April 4, 2014

A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine sought to understand the correlation, if any, between meditation programs and mitigation of psychological stress. The study reviewed randomized clinical trials, which also accounted for the placebo effect. For clinicians in the … Continue reading

Can a New Pain Pill Mean More Addiction?

March 25, 2014

It’s just around the corner. A new opioid pain medication promises to increase the effectiveness of pain management by offering a purer form of hydrocodone will hit the shelves soon. Called Zohydro, the drug in question will be available in … Continue reading

Heroin 2.0 – It’s Back And Worse Than Ever

March 14, 2014

New data involving heroine abuse has turned up an alarming trend in the United States. While many of us have focused our concern on new designer drugs – and mind-altering substances like bath salts have garnered headlines – heroine has … Continue reading

Is The Krocodil Craze Overhyped?

February 4, 2014

For months we’ve been hearing about the “flesh-eating” drug that goes by the Russian street name Krocodil. Developed as a cheaper and more powerful substitute for heroin, the drug has made headlines with cringe-worthy images of rotted flesh in chronic … Continue reading

Compensation for Abstinence – Does it Work?

December 6, 2013

An article published in the American Psychological Association’s Monitor on Psychology examined the effects of prizes and monetary value on abstinence from a drug of choice. The brief discusses two studies showing that those who were compensated for abstinence from … Continue reading

The War Room December 2013

December 3, 2013

You are an agent of change. You may not know it, but you are. In fact, as a part of the field of addiction recovery you have the ability, opportunity and even responsibility to effectuate change, both in yourself and … Continue reading

Alcohol Consumption During Early Pregnancy

November 22, 2013

Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is known to increase the risk of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or FAS – a spectrum of disorders that can last a child’s lifetime. FAS is not a precise definition of one problem. Rather, it represents a … Continue reading

Addiction Counselors and Abstinence

November 6, 2013

The American Psychological Association released a recent study in their journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors showing that up to half of addiction counselors deem it acceptable to allow alcohol abusing clients to have an occasional drink. This is a significant … Continue reading

Bath Salts Contributing to Thousands of ER Visits

October 23, 2013

Bath Salts have become a fast growing drug of abuse in the United States. The chilling effects have been seen in the media the country over with gruesome images of violent behavior. With the proliferation of the drug, has come … Continue reading

The State of the US Mental Illness Epidemic

October 6, 2013

The degree of mental illness in the United States remains a serious issue of concern, as a significant number of US adults experience some sort of mental health issue each and every year. Mental illness is a broad term, however … Continue reading

The Link between Marijuana and Psychosis

September 6, 2013

The dangers of marijuana use have been hotly debated and theories from both sides of the argument have been postured for decades. Today, the effects of marijuana are more topical than ever as certain states begin to legalize its use … Continue reading

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