Much of the recent discourse in the addiction treatment and recovery community has touched upon the record-breaking rise in overdose deaths in the United States, as well as the sharp uptick in alcohol use that came about at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. But very rarely is alcohol discussed as being a part of […]
Women Are Drinking More Than Ever. Many May Not Be Aware How It Is Affecting Their Health.
Women have increased their heavy drinking days by 41%. The pandemic is partly to blame, but the problem didn’t start there.
Referral Can’t Be the Only Solution: SBIRT for People with Alcohol Use Disorders
Addressing the public health consequences of alcohol use disorder means doing more work in primary care.
Communication is a Key Element of an Effective Community Response to Opioid Addiction
Open conversation about addiction is important, but it can perpetuate myths, discouragement, and stigma.
Older Adults Deserve Healthcare That Considers Substance Use
Addiction is a growing issue for folks over 65, and prescription medicines pose additional risks.
Surgeon General Murthy Said We Need To Reduce the Separation Between Addiction Treatment and Healthcare
People are dying, healthcare costs are rising, the stigma persists, and care is hard to access. Fortunately, no matter where Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA goes to work in the morning, he’s left us with a significant document to learn from and bring to life, the 2016 Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.
Simple Tools to Encourage Learning About Substance Use
IRETA’s new, [lain Language brochures are now available.
By Itself, Reimbursement Doesn’t Expand SBIRT
If we ensure that SBIRT procedures are reimbursed, can we dramatically increase the use of SBIRT in healthcare settings?
Doctors, Nurses & Social Workers Ought to Get Addiction Training in School
improve their effectiveness in their jobs. Certainly, knowledge-building happens during continuing education, in such forms as in-person trainings, online courses, and webinars. Here are recommendations and examples of pre-service education.
Quite a Few ‘Emerging Adults’ Are Smoking Pot Every Day
Recently, The Lancet published the first-ever report of marijuana use by Americans aged 12 and over between 2002 and 2014 using data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. It is important to talk about this.