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Clinical Challenges

September 11, 2020
Isolation, added stress, uncertainty—these feelings are the new normal during COVID times. For an individual suffering from addiction and substance use disorders, these added life hurdles and disruptions are resulting in increased overdose and fatality rates. We can all agree that there is an…
September 10, 2020
While 85% of Americans surveyed for a recent poll said they rate their mental health status positively and 48% said they believe “normal life” will return within the next year, concerns over the upcoming election, civil unrest and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic suggest there are unresolved tensions…
August 28, 2020
Research published on JAMA Network Open on Monday shows that about half of clinicians who are waivered to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder have actually done so, and that a majority of clinicians are prescribing the medication for a number of patients that is well…
August 26, 2020
In a report released this week, the American Mental Health Counselors Association estimated that 41% of Americans are experiencing a mental illness, such as general anxiety disorder or major depressive disorder, compared to just 8.2% of adults who had symptoms of anxiety disorder and 6.6% with…
August 24, 2020
Opioid use—particularly heroin—has been linked with hearing loss, according to a new study published in the Journal of Medical Toxicology.
August 13, 2020
Heroes Health, a new initiative from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and UNC Health, supports the mental health of first responders and healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
August 01, 2020
While many addiction treatment providers may not feel equipped to deal with the depths of trauma work with patients, Jamie Marich, PhD, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RYT-200, offered a word of caution to NCAD attendees in a Saturday session: Pandora’s box is already open.
July 31, 2020
Concerns over patient isolation, staff safety and licensing reciprocity between states as a means to address a shortage of care providers during a crisis were among the COVID-19-related topics discussed by a panel of industry leaders during a Friday morning session at the virtual National…
July 22, 2020
With regards to ethics, providing addiction treatment for special populations requires special considerations. In particular, working with LGBTQ+ clients who are struggling with their identity and/or sexual orientation in addition to substance use disorder issues can create ethical dilemmas for…
July 17, 2020
With responsibilities piling up, it can be an all-too-common refrain for practitioners to neglect taking care of themselves. But proactively making self-care an organizational priority for staff can go a long way toward maintaining quality of care for patients, says Tara Matthews, PhD, LPC, MAC.
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