Addiction Feature Archive

Abuse-Deterrent Opioid Formulations: Barriers to Broader Use

Abuse-Deterrent Opioid Formulations: Barriers to Broader Use

Abuse-deterrent opioid formulations have not yet been widely accepted despite their proposed value in reducing opioid abuse and related mortality. Many of the current barriers to broader use are related to their higher cost compared with conventional formulations.

Betel Quid Addiction and Implications for Substance Use Disorder

Betel Quid Addiction and Implications for Substance Use Disorder

New findings suggest that DSM-5 criteria may apply to betel use disorder and offer opportunities to advance the study and understanding of substance use disorder in general.

Court-Mandated Substance Abuse Treatment: Exploring the Ethics and Efficacy

Court-Mandated Substance Abuse Treatment: Exploring the Ethics and Efficacy

While many treatments for substance use disorder are not evidence based, several evidence-based approaches have shown effectiveness in court-mandated treatment settings.

Does Access to Medical Cannabis Reduce Risk for Opioid Abuse?

Does Access to Medical Cannabis Reduce Risk for Opioid Abuse?

While results so far may seem to support a link between increased access to cannabis and a reduction in prescription opioid use, findings from a study published in 2018 found otherwise.

White House Initiative Addresses Opioid Crisis to Reduce Overdose Deaths

White House Initiative Addresses Opioid Crisis to Reduce Overdose Deaths

The opioid crisis needs to be addressed in order to reduce overdose deaths.

Criteria For Identification of Smartphone Addiction

Criteria For Identification of Smartphone Addiction

Smartphone addiction appears to be linked to sleep disorders, anxiety and stress disorders, and greater consumption of alcohol and tobacco.

Adult Children of Alcoholics: Healing Lifelong Scars

Adult Children of Alcoholics: Healing Lifelong Scars

Alcoholism can have a deleterious effect on interpersonal relationships, including romantic partners, friends, and coworkers.

Postoperative Pain as a Spectrum: Treatment Strategies

Postoperative Pain as a Spectrum: Treatment Strategies

Post-surgery pain is a continuum with no clear delineation.

ASIPP: Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Chronic, Non-Cancer Pain

ASIPP: Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Chronic, Non-Cancer Pain

Updated guidelines focus on safe and effective opioid prescribing practices.

Health Effects and Therapeutic Benefits of Cannabis

Health Effects and Therapeutic Benefits of Cannabis

A National Academy of Sciences study looks at the health risks and benefits of cannabis.

Expert Opinion on the Surgeon General's Report on Addiction

Expert Opinion on the Surgeon General's Report on Addiction

If we invest in evidence-based addiction treatment that is invested in the dignity of every person who needs that treatment, many more people will find themselves ready to seek it out.

Criticism of 12-Step Groups: Is It Warranted?

Criticism of 12-Step Groups: Is It Warranted?

One topic of criticism is the relative dearth of scientific evidence regarding the efficacy of 12-step programs.

Microstructure of Ethanol Consumption in Rodent Models of Alcoholism

Microstructure of Ethanol Consumption in Rodent Models of Alcoholism

Comprehensive measurements of drinking behavior during episodes such as binge, abstinence, and relapse are essential to reveal the factors and mechanisms that underlie alcohol abuse and dependence.

The Benefits and Consequences of Legalized Marijuana

The Benefits and Consequences of Legalized Marijuana

Questions remain as to whether botanically-derived marijuana offers clinical benefit over pharmaceutical-grade THC, its active ingredient.

Behind the Rise in Prescription Drug Overdoses

Behind the Rise in Prescription Drug Overdoses

Between 2001 and 2014, there was a five-fold increase in the number of overdose deaths from benzodiazepines.

Why Billions of Patients Worldwide Lack Access to Opioid Pain Meds

Why Billions of Patients Worldwide Lack Access to Opioid Pain Meds

Much of the third world is suffering in pain without access to opioid, a situation dubbed the opioid gap.

Psychological Perspectives of Time and Addiction Treatment

Psychological Perspectives of Time and Addiction Treatment

Researchers believe that determining the time perspectives of patients during therapy can help in addiction recovery.

Are Behavioral Addictions "Real" Addictions?

Are Behavioral Addictions "Real" Addictions?

Behavioral addictions have consequences and should be taken as seriously as substance addictions.

The Psychiatric Dangers of New Designer Drug 'Flakka'

The Psychiatric Dangers of New Designer Drug 'Flakka'

The synthetic stimulant "Flakka" can cause users to have thoughts or feelings of violence toward themselves or others.

Society Underestimates Excessive Drinking and Its Major Health Risks

Society Underestimates Excessive Drinking and Its Major Health Risks

Identifying a person as having a drinking problem only if they are dependent on alcohol is wrong and dangerous.

Treating Comorbid Obesity in Mental Illness

Treating Comorbid Obesity in Mental Illness

Clinicians managing a patient with a mental disorder who is also obese should treat both conditions.

Pharmacogenetically Driven Treatments for Drug and Alcohol Dependence

Pharmacogenetically Driven Treatments for Drug and Alcohol Dependence

Genetics influence treatment response to medications for drug and alcohol dependence, and may be a clinical tool in the next decade.

Pharmacological Approaches to Help Psychiatric Patients Quit Smoking

Pharmacological Approaches to Help Psychiatric Patients Quit Smoking

Mental health clinicians should work with their patients to help them quit smoking, given the success of pharmacotherapies and comorbidities.

Managing Pain in Patients with Psychiatric Disorders

Managing Pain in Patients with Psychiatric Disorders

Prescribing opiates to patients with psychiatric disorders can be complicated, with difficulty quantifying pain and differentiating symptoms of one disorder from the other.

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