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Accessible technology has credibly established its place in health care.
We are more connected, more accessible, and more visible than ever. However, not everyone who needs substance use or mental health treatment gets the help they need.
Programs designed to improve the likelihood that patients diagnosed with OUD fill their buprenorphineprescriptions, and therefore support the likelihood of patients taking their medication, have meaningful implications for both patients and treatment providers.

Letter from the Publisher: The Missing Piece of Drug and Alcohol Assessments

In addiction treatment, assessments are typically limited to drug and alcohol assessments with patients. While these drug and alcohol assessments are important, you may be wondering what they inevitably miss. Well, the missing element is patients’ strengths. The interesting thing is that we do add some measures of strengths in assessments and treatment plans if [...]

Strengthening Neural Pathways through Acts of Service

Counselors are continually trying to treat the chronic disease of addiction with an acute care model by delivering strong, evidence-based programs to people who are still in the throes of early recovery. That is, people who are still struggling with tracking, short-term memory, emotional regulation, poor attention span, and often poor self-efficacy. What I continue [...]

Bridging Prevention and Recovery: A Win-Win in Our Nation’s Drug Epidemic

After losing our son to an accidental overdose on his fourth day of college, my wife and I founded the SAFE Project, a national nonprofit focused on helping reverse the addiction fatality epidemic. We, along with other organizations, are tackling this national emergency with urgency, though we have discovered a worrisome tendency along the way. [...]

Online Help for Employees with SUDs

Imagine discovering that your very small business is losing $70,000 a year. Would you want to fix it? Obviously the answer is “Yes,” but most businesses ignore this specific leak until it becomes so terrible that everyone recognizes it. Are we talking about theft? No, we’re talking about drug and alcohol use among employees. In [...]

Countertransference and the Therapeutic Relationship

Over sixty years of research has led the field of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment to conclude that the therapeutic alliance between counselors and clients is one of the key determinants of treatment outcome, accounting for 30 percent of all identified change (Hubble et al., 1999). Aspects of any therapeutic relationship include the well-studied “transference” [...]

Dealing with Anxiety and Depression during Isolation

In the last two years we have been faced with a global pandemic, isolation guidelines, mask policies, and loneliness. Many people are facing mental wellness challenges and their coping skills have been exhausted. Monitoring our own well-being, committing to healthy living, and recognizing the warning signs of depression and anxiety is more important than ever. [...]

The Role of Social Service Organizations in Addressing Substance Use Issues: The Pressley Ridge Experience, Part II

In our previous article we reviewed the potential roles of social service organizations (SSOs) in addressing substance use issues among clients served. We also discussed Pressley Ridge’s programs for clients and families, and the challenges faced in addressing substance issues. This second and last article discusses initiatives within Pressley Ridge to enhance staff education, competence, [...]

Twelve Step Principles for Coping with the Pandemic

This column focuses on applications of Twelve Step principles in coping with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As of this writing, daily case numbers are again spiking, with experts predicting a particularly heavy caseload throughout the winter. Hopefully by the time you read this the majority of people will be vaccinated and receiving booster doses, especially [...]

Using Chatbots to Mitigate the Risk of Relapse

Accessible technology has credibly established its place in health care, improving service delivery, streamlining processes, and extending the availability of support when funding and staffing levels present a challenge to delivering an effective service. A successful example of this is the British National Health Service (NHS) application that allows patients to order prescriptions, message their [...]

The Move toward Making Data-Informed, Evidence-Based Decisions

How do you make decisions at every level in your addiction treatment operations? When a decision is reached, what factors helped influence that decision? Your answer could have a dramatic impact on your center’s bottom line. What can treatment operators do? Well, one thing they shouldn’t do is leave decision making to chance. By that [...]

Technology, Addiction Treatment, and Recovery: An Ever-Changing Landscape

Technology is a growing part of our daily lives. Addiction treatment and recovery also continue to grow rapidly with more and more in need of finding services every day. Many facets of recovery can be enhanced or threatened in the digital world by today’s advancements in technology. We are more connected, more accessible, and more [...]

Overcoming Medication Access Barriers and Improving Patient Outcomes with a Clinic-Based Buprenorphine Delivery Program

The national focus on improving access to treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) extends beyond providers who can prescribe buprenorphine. Pharmacy-level barriers exist for patients seeking to fill buprenorphine prescriptions at traditional retail pharmacies that may negatively impact access to the medication itself, and consequently result in less than optimal treatment and health outcomes. Patients [...]

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