Celebrating IRETA Blog’s birthday (Downside: no cupcakes. Upside: no noisemakers.)
Hello, friends! Welcome to our second birthday party. Thanks for being here today and (perhaps) on other days over the past two years. How the time does fly.
We are the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA). Established in 1999, IRETA works toward the alignment of science, policy and practice in the area of substance use and substance use disorders. Our vision is for systems throughout society to address substance use as part of overall health and for people to be able to get help for substance use if they need it.
And this is our blog, launched on July 29, 2012. We blog for two reasons: 1) we want to help people do their jobs better and 2) we want to help expand the conversation about addiction and substance use.
So if you’re a doctor, nurse, addiction counselor, needle exchange worker, social worker, dentist, probation officer, or anyone else whose job entails working with people who may have substance use disorders–welcome! We’re glad you’re here. We try to offer information that helps you do your job better.
And if you’re a regular Joe, a person in (or seeking) recovery, or somehow connected to the topic of addiction (it’s hard not to be), we’re glad you’re here, too. Help us improve and broaden the conversation about addiction and substance use.
Before you get too excited, the “birthday party” basically consists of us reporting our top five most popular posts of the year. Sorry–there are no cupcakes. (Although we do have a few enticing mocktails on our Pinterest page.)
Without further ado, in no particular order, here are the top five posts from the last year. We hope you like them.
Bars without booze
A rundown of a new trend in Britain–bars with everything but the alcohol–and plans for the first of this type of establishment in America
A medical student considers the issue of referring a patient to specialty treatment: what are the options? Which ones are supported by research?
Patients in medication-assisted treatment frequently use benzodiazepines. What are the risks of this practice? An infographic outlines what we know about benzodiazepines’ acute consequences, long-term effects, and potential impact on recovery outcomes.
Part I in a two-part series. Did you know that the number of incarcerated women has increased 800% in the past three decades? And more than one quarter of women in prison are serving for drug offenses?
It’s a list on the Internet–people love lists on the Internet. We put together an infographic based on a smart article we read about SBIRT in primary care. Suitable for all sorts of clinicians (not just doctors).
Like most two year-olds, we still have a great deal to learn…about blogging, certainly, and also about the science of substance use, addiction and recovery from substance use disorders. We’re excited about all of it.
And most importantly: thanks to all of you for reading our blog and especially for those occasions that you take a few extra moments from your busy, busy days to leave us a comment or send us an email about a post. It’s been incredibly gratifying to communicate with a diverse group of people who care about the ways that substances impact our lives.