An Overview of the Challenges Facing the Addiction Field, As Told By Pioneers

2017/Sep-Oct

Stuart Gitlow, MD, MPH, MBA, DFAPA, was eleven years old when he first realized he wanted to enter the field of addiction medicine. On the night of the realization, he was accompanying his father, a past president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), to Salt Lake City for a conference and tagging along at a dinner for colleagues. While listening to his father’s peers speak about addiction, he began to develop his own voice.

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Increasing Use of Smoking Cessation Services among Women in Residential Addiction Treatment

2017/Sep-Oct

Persons with either a mental disorder or substance abuse disorder (SUD) are twice as likely to smoke as those without (Lasser et al., 2000). Smokers with other drug addictions are heavier smokers (Hughes, 2002; Sobell, 2002), less successful in their attempts to quit smoking (Drobes, 2002; Joseph, Nichol, & Anderson, 1993), and experience greater tobacco-related mortality than the general population (SRNT Subcommittee on Biochemical Verification, 2002).

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Veterans and Insomnia: An Overview of Symptoms, Comorbidities, Treatment Approaches, and Access to Care Issues

2017/Sep-Oct

Insomnia is among the most common complaints that veterans voice to their providers, and the most common sleep disorder. While common in the general population, a high proportion of veterans suffer from insomnia, and it is known to have multiple medical and psychiatric comorbidities.

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Ecotherapy: An Alternative Treatment Modality for Veterans

2017/Sep-Oct

More than two million US veterans have served in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) since 2001 (Sayer, 2011). Approximately two-fifths of these veterans received some kind of health care and social services through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VHA, 2009).

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A Test to Differentiate between Organic Brain Disorder, Nonorganic Brain Disorder, and Schizophrenia, Part I

2017/Sep-Oct

The treatments for schizophrenia and/or organic brain disorders may be totally different; therefore, it is important that a method of differentiating between the two be utilized (Chapman, 1976; Klein & Davis, 1969). Historically, it has been difficult to distinguish between the symptoms of organic brain disorder and schizophrenia (Lezak, 1976).

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Healing the Invisible Wounds of Our Warriors: A Holistic, Evidence-Based Approach to Treating Combat Veterans

2017/Sep-Oct

Since 2001, about two million US troops have been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq alone (US Department of Veterans Affairs, 2010). They have and are still returning with the “invisible wounds of war.” Sadly, among veterans and veteran families, we see higher rates of addiction, depression, suicide, interpersonal violence, and child abuse statistics that highlight the critical and difficult transition back to civilian life.

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