Tag Archives: addiction

Surgery Destroys Parts of Brain’s “Pleasure Centers” in Attempt to Cure Addiction

A controversial surgical procedure being studied in China attempts to cure addiction by destroying parts of the brain’s “pleasure centers,” Time.com reports. …

Botticelli Named Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy

Michael Botticelli has been sworn in as Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, according to UPI. Botticelli, who is in long-term recovery from addiction, is a former director of the Massachusetts Substance Abuse Services Bureau. …

NIH Announces It Will Not Create Single Institute Devoted to Addiction

The National Institutes of Health has announced it will not pursue the proposed creation of a single institute devoted to substance use, abuse and addictions. The proposal would have dissolved the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and replaced it with a single body. …

Physician Addiction Treatment Programs Have Too Little Oversight, Experts Say

Programs designed to treat physicians’ substance use disorders have too little oversight and no clear standards, according to two experts from Harvard Medical School. …

Florida Needs More Resources to Help Babies Exposed to Opioids, Experts Say

Florida needs more resources to help the many newborns exposed to opioids, experts told a statewide task force. They said the number of such babies far exceeds the number of treatment beds available for mothers addicted to prescription drugs, and their newborns. …

Get Ready Now for Influx of Patients Under Affordable Care Act, Expert Urges

Substance abuse treatment providers must take steps now to get ready for the influx of new patients they will begin to see in January 2014 as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to an expert speaking at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders. …

Addiction Experts Push for More Medical Approaches to Treatment

Addiction experts are advocating for a more medical approach to addiction treatment, instead of relying on 12-step programs, according to The Los Angeles Times. …

Residency Program Teaches Doctors About Addiction Treatment

A national training program launched last year is seeking to address the scarcity of physicians trained in treating addiction. The program, sponsored by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, aims to attract more doctors to the field, The Washington Post reports. …

Top 10 Join Together Features of the Summer

In case you missed any of our thought-provoking columns this summer, from individuals such as Rep. Mary Bono Mack of California, Dr. Stuart Gitlow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, Dr. Sharon Stanliff of the Harm Reduction Coalition and other industry experts, please find our top 10 features of the summer here. …

Two-Drug Combination Could Help Treat Cocaine Addiction, Rodent Study Suggests

A combination of the drugs naltrexone and buprenorphine might be an effective treatment for cocaine addiction, a study in rats suggests. …