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Addressing Substance Use Problems in Medical Systems
My colleagues and I were one of the first groups in the US to develop treatment services for patients with substance use disorders (SUDs) and co-occurring psychiatric disorders (CODs). This was a difficult process that took considerable time, patience, effort, and help from many to overcome institutional, regulatory, funding, and clinician barriers.
The Children’s Program Kit is Back and Better than Ever
Experiences like growing up with parental addiction, and the chaos and stress that surround it, pop up over and over again as primary causes of toxic stress. But addiction isn’t the only thing we’re looking at here. If children grows up with addiction, that’s probably not the only risk factor in the home.
In writing this article, it is important to understand that once trained in eye movement and desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) and brainspotting, the applications can be limitless.
Substance use disorders (SUDs) affect various people around the world. There are many factors that contribute to people’s substance use, including gender, age, home environment, and family history; these subsequently affect their success in treatment. Race seems to be another important factor that affects success in SUD treatment.
The problem of compulsive gambling—although often widespread and severe and with considerable negative consequences, not only for gamblers but also for their families—is often not recognized as one of the addictions. It too, has a human brain cone connection with cognitive, emotional, and psychological components.
“Each person is a unique individual. Hence, psychotherapy should be formulated to meet the uniqueness of the individual’s needs, rather than tailoring the person to fit the Procrustean bed of a hypothetical theory of human behavior.” – Dr. Milton H. Erickson (The Milton H. Erickson Foundation, 2016)
Substance use disorders (SUD) often have a chronic course, characterized by cycles of abstinence, light use, and heavy use. Wider availability of effective continuing care has been re-ommended to increase rates of sustained recoveries and limit the severity and duration of relapse episodes that do occur (Dennis & Scott, 2007; McKay, 2010).
Before the 1980s, family members interacting with addiction professionals were more likely to be viewed as contributors to addiction or hostile interlopers in the treatment process than people in need of recovery support services. That began to change when a vanguard of advocates challenged such attitudes and focused attention on the effects of addiction on families and the family recovery process.
In my last article titled “Prayer: What is it?” I said that I’m a critic of religious statements that sound great but make no sense to me. Anything, if you expect people to believe in it and pass it on, needs to make sense.
In behavioral health the terms “client” or “patient” are used to describe people receiving treatment services. The differences are often related to the type of the provider’s profession or license.
Some believe that kratom, a relatively obscure drug, may be a possible weapon against the opioid epidemic that has plagued the US in recent years. But along with with the drug’s growing popularity and easy availability, also comes a looming controversy.
It is another new year, and there is no time like the present to put into action a happy and healthy lifestyle plan.
A study recently published in The International Journal of Drug Policy found that patients with chronic pain issues chose to use medical marijuana instead of prescribed opiates for their pain (Gaita, 2017).
Recovery advocates in New York and various lawmakers in California are proposing a tax be added to prescription opiates such as OxyContin, Vicodin, and Percocet to help fund treatment (De la Cretaz, 2017).
An Israeli study conducted in 2015 and published in The American Journal of Psychiatry found that buprenorphine, a drug normally used to treat opioid addiction, could also help decrease suicidal ideation (Yovell et al., 2015).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that “opioid overdoses have quadrupled since 1999, accounting for a record 33,091 deaths in 2015” (Georgiades, 2017), which is a staggering statistic.
Emergency room (ER) visits related to heroin have been rising steadily in California among all age groups, but recent statistics have shown a large increase in millennials in particular.
A study conducted by researchers at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University found that “men were 2.69 times more likely to visit an ER for illicit drug use than women, and 1.90 times more likely to receive a detox referral” (Gaita, 2017).
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