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The technique to reinforce positive behaviors through the use of a reward system has shown promise for improving patient engagement in treatment, according to Haley Horton and Michael White, MCJ, of Community Medical Services.
A recently released study finds that as unemployment rates rise, military veterans are at an increased risk for developing substance use disorders and dying by suicide.
LGBTQ+ individuals were found to be more likely to engage in substance use at an earlier age, use illicit drugs for longer periods, and have more difficulty finding support when seeking treatment, according to a survey published by AAC’s Desert Hope treatment facility.
Flavored products and new nicotine formulations have made vaping products more appealing to younger populations in recent years, says Brian King, PhD, MPH, of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health.
Individuals consuming alcohol within Canada’s weekly low-risk drinking guidelines “are not insulated from harm” according to a study recently published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
In this video, Robert Rymowicz, DO, of the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, discusses food addiction, how highly processed foods affect the brain, and treatment strategies.
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