Mobile health (mHealth) usually refers to smartphone-based medical support for patients. mHealth can reinforce treatment from behavioral health professionals by offering patients evidence-based care at the moment they need it.
Psychopaths or psychopathic personality disorder currently fall under the guise of antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). While it is true that not all people given the diagnosis of ASPD are psychopaths, there are many overlying factors between the two groups.
Law enforcement officials and public health professionals are currently concentrating their efforts on reducing opiate use, and for good reason, but they may be overlooking even more prevalent substance use disorders (SUDs).
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates that in 2014, 21.5 million people in the United States age twelve and older had at least one substance use disorder (SUD), as cited in Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ; 2015).
The behavioral health field is engaged in a movement to expand the conventional medical treatment model of care that emphasizes diagnosis and subsequent treatment to the more comprehensive and inclusive model of population health. Improving “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group” (Kindig & Stoddard, 2003) is the critical focus of the population health model.
As an independent researcher, professor, and clinical officer in many venues for more than forty years, I am an insider who has grown to love struggling addicts and I invite you to face with me some of the elephants living in our rooms.
If you will indulge me, I would like to depart from my usual practice of writing about clinical issues and instead share the journey (mine) of a nonalcoholic within Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).
Dear Dr. Toni
We need to feel the stories of our lives in order to heal them, but trauma is all about not feeling. Even asking the question, “Can you tell me about your trauma?” can be befuddling if not disturbing for ACoAs who have learned to rationalize and deny our pain and confusion in order to stay connected to the family we love and need.
In the first installment of this series I reviewed contributing factors to the pressure-cooker lifestyles that far too many working Americans accept as the norm. These include a corporate ethos that embraces aggressive pursuit of profit—while increasingly viewing workers as mere tools of production—together with the 24/7 encroachment of work-related matters into our personal lives via work-related e-mails and other electronic intrusions.
The field of behavioral health has expanded the focus beyond illness and suffering, and is directing more attention to positivity and well-being. Positive psychology has developed interventions to help individuals decrease negative emotions and increase positive emotions, enhance relationships, engage in meaningful activities and work, and build upon personal strengths (Fredrickson, 2009; Peterson, 2006; Seligman, 2012).
Open your favorite academic search engine and query “intimacy in counseling” or some variation on that theme. The vast majority of articles, chapters, and books you will find referenced address how counselors help patients deal with intimacy in their relationships. This is certainly how it should be, given the importance of the topic in our field.
A study conducted by researchers affiliated with the School of Public Health at Georgia State University found that smokers who use e-cigarettes and similar devices were no more likely to quit than smokers who didn’t use such products.
A Brooklyn-area needle exchange program has adopted a unique strategy to mitigate the risk of overdose deaths. The facility includes a bathroom, monitored by intercom, in which users of opioids and other drugs are given ten minutes of privacy “to take care of business” (Peltz, 2018).
A new study has found that American Indian teens are at greater risk of alcohol and drug abuse than other American teens.
A new study found that a traditional Amazonian brew, known as ayahuasca, could lead to an additional treatment option for those suffering from a severe form of depression. Researchers at the Federal University of Rio Grande Do Norte discovered surprising results when investigating the DMT-containing concoction’s potential as an antidepressant agent (Le, 2018).
Canada has become the second country to pass legislation legalizing the recreational use of marijuana nationwide (“Canada legalises,” 2018). On July 19, 2018, the Canadian Senate approved The Cannabis Act, with fifty-two senators voting in favor and twenty-nine voting against (“Canada legalises,” 2018).
Despite the carnage wrought by the opioid epidemic, a recent survey indicated low support for two controversial harm reduction proposals. While both safe injection sites and needle exchange programs have been demonstrated to lower the risk of overdoses and the transmission of infectious diseases, less than 40 percent of adults surveyed supported either measure (Preidt, 2018).
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