The world seems to change at a faster and faster pace. For instance, how many of us keep up enough to say we are “tech savvy?” The world of addiction, treatment, and recovery is changing as well.
Substance abuse is something most therapists are familiar with and feel comfortable addressing with their clients. I have been giving the information in this article to hundreds of substance abuse therapists, and the common response is “I had no idea.”
Common sense suggests that greater patient adherence to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment recommendations is associated with better outcomes. Surprisingly, however, there is limited previous research systematically investigating the adherence-outcome relationship in the context of SUD treatment.
When universal education activist and Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai addressed the United Nations in 2013, she pointed out that “we cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.” Her words resonated with women’s rights advocates as she boldly confronted an inequity that still needs to be addressed today, especially in the behavioral health field.
Dear Dr. Toni
What I have learned “for sure” in my thirty-one years of clinical practice is that we can never be assured of anything in life. Many circumstances and plans do indeed come out as expected, and happy events are met with joy, laughter, and in some cases, sighs of relief.
When speaking with substance use disorder (SUD) counselors, the topic of drug testing often elicits mixed reactions. On one hand, counselors may sometimes view it when used by others as punitive (e.g., concluding an employment application process; termination of employment as a result of a positive UDS; violation of conditions of probation or parole). On the other hand, it may be viewed as a therapeutic tool used to help people achieve recovery from addiction or in pain management (Jarvis et al., 2017).
Thirty-five years ago, twenty young professionals in the fields of addiction, mental health, and education gathered in Santa Barbara to discuss their work with young and adult children from alcoholic families. From that gathering, the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NaCoA) became a reality.
This is the final installment in a two-column series focusing on embracing the quality of patience in enhancing both the success and overall quality of recovery from alcoholism and/or drug addiction.
This first article discusses the problem of prescription drug misuse and addiction. It reviews signs and symptoms, reasons for using these drugs, and the effects of these on drug users and their families. The next article will discuss treatment and recovery for individuals and family members affected by the more serious problem of prescription drug addiction.
U.S. Journal Training
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