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Treatment providers must respond to the market

August 23, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The addiction-treatment industry is most certainly at a crossroads, and leaders have an opportunity to shape the direction of the road ahead.

Group finds few easy answers to common ethical dilemmas

August 21, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor

A growing complexity of roles in addiction treatment organizations is creating ethics challenges around boundaries and other issues affecting patients, a National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) presenter suggested.

Marijuana debate remains a false dichotomy

August 20, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The two sides of the legalization debate create a false dichotomy in which the only two options are legal marijuana use or incarceration for use or possession. In reality, there are other options.

Acupuncture helps keep patients in treatment

August 20, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association’s 5-point ear acupuncture protocol is not a standalone replacement for other forms of addiction treatment, but when used in conjunction with those programs, it can increase their effectiveness.

A roadmap to healing for the sex addict's partner

August 20, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor

Clinicians are gaining more skill in assisting the partners of individuals with sexual addiction. Stefanie Carnes offered detailed guidance for helping partners at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD).

Clinicians must understand where sex, drugs and technology meet

August 19, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The “chemsex” culture is often characterized by intense experiences that combine crystal meth or similar drugs with risky sexual activity—all facilitated by GPS-based mobile apps.

Military culture impacts treatment of SUDs in veterans

August 19, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

To treat substance use disorders in veterans and active military personnel effectively, clinicians must first understand the unique facets of the culture in which their patients have lived.

Change can challenge the professional as much as the patient

August 19, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor

An architect of Stages of Change theory suggests that addiction professionals often underestimate the difficulties around change, for themselves as well as their patients.

Daily coverage roundup from NCAD (Updated)

August 19, 2016     Behavioral Healthcare staff

Enjoy all of our coverage on location at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders in Denver, updated with new stories daily.

‘Harmless’ cannabis a dangerous misnomer for adolescents

August 18, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

With a THC concentration 10 times higher today than that which was found in marijuana in the 1960s, cannabis has been shown to have particularly damaging effects on brain development in adolescents.

Despite unknown long-term effects, vaping industry business booming

August 18, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

The vaping industry is projected to overtake tobacco sales within the next 10 years, but a lack of research about its side effects has clinicians concerned.

7 great tips for employee retention

August 18, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Leaders must create strategies to retain their employees, especially in today’s market where there is competition for good workers.

MAT becoming an attractive deal target

August 18, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Margins among medication-assisted treatment providers are now matching or exceeding high-end residential programs, so the market can expect valuations to surge.

Ethical quandary: Work with patients, family members presents many conflicts

August 18, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor

A clinical leader presenting at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) discussed aspects of law and counselor belief that create challenges in working with both patients and their loved ones.

Research challenges perception of the addiction crisis

August 16, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Substance use disorders have very real effects on populations, but Rice University authors caution that policymakers should evaluate their beliefs and re-examine where resources would be put to best use.

AltaPointe and Cheaha Regional merge in Alabama

August 15, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Leaders of AltaPointe Health Systems and Cheaha Regional Mental Health Center decided to merge the two Alabama community mental health centers because of ongoing funding concerns for behavioral healthcare services.

Race, ethnicity affect kids’ access to mental health care, study finds

August 15, 2016     Kaiser Health News

While young people in general aren’t likely to see mental health specialists, numbers plummet further when factoring in racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Medivance Billing Service Announces Appointment of New CEO

August 12, 2016     Medivance Billing Service

Medivance Billing Service Inc., a national leader in revenue cycle management, today announced that the organization has elected Samuel R. Mitchell, Jr., as Chief Executive Officer effective August 14, 2016.

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New state forums drive stakeholder solutions

August 12, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

The National Council for Behavioral Health has launched the Behavioral Health + Economics Network, an initiative to foster communication between stakeholders in the mental health sector and bring about policy change.

Opioid crisis plagues privately insured

August 5, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

A striking 3,000% increase in opioid dependence among the privately insured is yet more evidence of the national crisis and its prevalence in middle-class demographic groups.

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