It’s Funny, It’s Fun, It’s Normal

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 in Addiction in the News

How do lighthearted media portrayals of people who “can’t stop” affect social norms? Imagine two twenty-something men purchasing a disorganized armload of groceries. There’s some canned food, a few snacks, a six-pack of beer, a roll of toilet paper. The cashier hands back the credit card–it’s been rejected. The men fumble in their pockets and produce a wad of crumpled dollars bills. The cashier shakes her head, it’s not...

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Together, Health Professional Associations Determine Core Competencies in Collaboration

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 in Evidence-Based and Best Practices, IRETA and Our Services

How do we teach future health professionals to work together? In nursing school, you learn about anatomy, epidemiology, ethics. Those topics are covered in medical and dental school, too. But what about working as a team with other medical professionals? When–and more importantly—how is that taught? Now, an educational collaborative has determined core competencies for InterProfessional Collaboration—that is to say, teamwork with other...

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Screening for risky alcohol use not nearly as common as similarly effective preventative services

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 in SBIRT

Download our new case studies to learn how organizations are using SBIRT in the real world Editor’s note: SBIRT stands for Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment. Learn more about it here. SBIRT to address risky alcohol use is as effective and cost-effective as a flu shot, but it’s not nearly so widespread. This is according to a systematic review of research on alcohol SBIRT published between 1992 and 2004, which...

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Substance Users’ Lives Have Value

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 in IRETA and Our Services, SBIRT

A Message from IRETA’s Board Chair I generally do not find it difficult to remain focused on IRETA’s core mission. Unhealthy substance use and addiction do not fall off my radar; I see their effects all around me. But on two specific occasions during the last year, I had the opportunity to connect deeply with the work we do at IRETA. The first came during September of 2013. I presented at an IRETA training on a subject that has always...

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