Category results for "Addiction"

Heroin Use Rises as Prescription Painkillers Become Harder to Abuse

Regulations designed to make it more difficult to abuse prescription painkillers are leading to an increase in heroin addiction, MSNBC reports.

Adapting 12-Step Programs For Teenagers

Twelve-step programs can be extremely helpful for teens who are struggling with addiction or who are on the road to becoming addicted, but they are more useful if they are adapted to the particular needs of adolescents, according to an expert on teenage addiction.

Commentary: DSM Rewrite — Don’t Forget About the Adolescents

Ken Winters, PhD, of the Treatment Research Institute sees two problems with the proposed DSM revisions.

U.S. Looks to Other Nations for Addiction Treatment Ideas: Kerlikowske

The United States is looking to other nations for ideas on how to treat addiction as a disease, the U.S. Director of National Drug Control Policy said Tuesday.

Addiction Doctors Ask for Treatment, Not More Jail, for Son of Michael Douglas

A group of well-known addiction doctors is urging that the son of Michael Douglas receive treatment, instead of additional jail time, for his latest drug offense.

Recovery Advocates to Be Recognized at National Event

Four activists and a grassroots community organization will be recognized for their work as recovery advocates by Faces & Voices of Recovery. The addiction recovery advocacy organization will present the awards Wednesday, June 27 in Washington, D.C.

Breaking the Intergenerational Cycle of Substance Abuse

Children raised in a household with one or more parents struggling with a substance use disorder often use compliance as a coping mechanism—a skill that often no longer serves them well in adulthood, according to an expert who spoke recently at the National Council Mental Health and Addictions Conference. He says teaching new skills to substitute for learned patterns can help break the intergenerational cycle of substance abuse.

Kentucky Medicaid Provider Reverses Decision on Payment for Buprenorphine

The Medicaid contractor in Kentucky that announced last week it would stop paying for the opioid addiction medication buprenorphine has reversed its decision, according to The Courier-Journal.

Some Question Fairness of New Jersey Drug Treatment Plan

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s plan for mandatory treatment for all low-level drug offenders could reduce treatment slots for people who seek treatment voluntarily, but don’t have the money to pay for it, critics say.

Revised Definition of Addiction Could Lead to Millions More Being Diagnosed

A proposed revision to the definition of addiction by mental health specialists could lead to millions of additional people receiving an addiction diagnosis, The New York Times reports. The changes could lead to big consequences for both health insurers and taxpayers, according to the newspaper.

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