Author Archives: Celia Vimont

Nurses Face Challenges in Implementing Alcohol Screening, Intervention, and Referral

Nurses are key partners in implementing Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral for Treatment (SBIRT) for alcohol use disorders, but they face challenges in putting the program into practice, a new project suggests. …

Teens Fare Better at Substance Abuse Facilities With Comprehensive Mental Health Services

Teenagers who receive substance abuse treatment at facilities with comprehensive mental health services fare better one year later, compared with those treated at facilities with fewer such services, or none at all, a new study finds. …

Lessons From Maine’s Fight Against Limits on Addiction Treatment

Maine’s decision to retroactively limit Medicaid payments for buprenorphine to treat opiate addiction is likely to have disastrous consequences, warns the President of the Northern New England Society of Addiction Medicine. …

Sales Tax in Washington State Funds Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services

In King County, Washington, a portion of all sales tax collected is dedicated to substance abuse, mental health and therapeutic court services. The Mental Illness and Drug Dependency Plan, passed by the King County Council in 2007, has helped prevent and reduce the involvement of people with substance use disorders and mental illness in the criminal justice system, says the plan’s project manager. …

Can Exercise Help People Dependent on Both Cocaine and Nicotine?

Addiction experts are looking at exercise as a potential non-drug treatment for various types of substance abuse. One study at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston is examining whether exercise can treat people who are dependent on both cocaine and nicotine. …

Advocacy Group: Educate State Lawmakers About Benefits of Addiction Coverage

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last month on the Affordable Care Act is a victory for people with substance use disorder and mental health needs, according to the Legal Action Center, an advocacy group that provides legal assistance to people in recovery or still suffering from addiction. But much work remains to be done at the state level to assure adequate coverage, the group says. …

74 Percent of Teens in CO Substance Abuse Treatment Programs Used Diverted Medical Marijuana

Three-quarters of teenage patients in substance abuse treatment programs in Denver, Colorado said they used someone else’s medical marijuana, according to a new study. …

Hearings to Focus on Implementation of Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

Implementation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 has been slow, but there are small signs of progress, according to a coalition that aims to ensure that the law is properly enforced. …

New Studies Shed Much-Needed Light on Alcohol-Induced Memory Blackouts

National survey studies suggest that roughly one in four college students who drink will experience a blackout in a given year, making blackouts a surprisingly common outcome of excessive drinking. …