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5 Things To Know About Mind and Body Approaches for Substance Use Disorders

Mind and body approaches, such as mindfulness-based interventions, have shown some success when used along with the treatment of substance abuse and addiction. Mindfulness-based approaches, in part, attempt to decrease the impact of negative mood, which is thought to serve as a trigger for substance use. Mind and body approaches can be part of a comprehensive addiction treatment plan that includes behavioral modifications, and may include pharmaceuticals to decrease cravings, group therapy, or  counseling.
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Source Type: news

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Substance use disorders (SUDs) are of great concern for health care providers working with military veteran populations. Systematic evaluation of progress and outcomes within the Veterans Affairs (VA) is a critical component of care provided for the veteran population. The Brief Addiction Monitor (BAM) is a 17-item instrument used within VA to assess substance use and related constructs among veterans participating in SUD care. Initial evaluations, using a version containing continuous items, suggested that the items form three factors reflecting substance use, risk factors, and protective factors.
Source: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment - Category: Addiction Authors: Source Type: research
The pan-theoretical variable of alliance has been consistently reported to have a moderate yet robust effect on psychotherapy treatment outcome. However, the relationship is less clear in the addiction field where there is more limited research. The current study investigated the relationship between alliance and treatment outcome in an alcohol dependent and depressed population.
Source: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment - Category: Addiction Authors: Source Type: research
Conclusion Chairman Burgess indicated that he is still deciding whether to combine numerous opioid-related bills into a single legislative package or try to move the bills through committee individually. Chairman Burgess noted that it is possible to put all of the legislation together in one package, but added that part of him “wants to consider them as individual bills so that, as we go through at least the subcommittee markup and the full committee markup, there will be ample opportunity for people’s ideas to be heard.”        
Source: Policy and Medicine - Category: American Health Authors: Source Type: blogs
“With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt.” – Zig Ziglar When faced with deciding on how to act, sometimes the toughest part is figuring out how to do the right thing. Of course, how you view the right thing, what you think of as the right thing, makes all the difference. And this is often not clear. You may experience conflicting emotions, feel ambivalent about potential choices, or strongly for or against certain action — whether you are convinced that it either is or isn’t the right ...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Brain and Behavior Ethics & Morality Inspiration & Hope LifeHelper Motivation and Inspiration Self-Help Compassion Core Values Decision Making Pay It Forward Source Type: blogs
Agencies with overlapping mandates can form partnerships to aid development of effective programming. In 2008, the Dedicated Substance Abuse Treatment Unit (DSATU) opened at Regina Correctional Centre through a tripartite collaboration between the Saskatch...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This agency has a mission to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness in America. Recently, SAMHSA made their Evidence-Based Resource Center available. This is a tool that allows clinicians, policy-makers and others who work with substance abuse to search for evidence-based resources including toolkits, guidelines and protocols. Information for a variety of audiences is available on topics including opioid use, substance abuse prevention and mental illness.
Source: BHIC - Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Tags: Mental Health Substance Addiction and Misuse Source Type: blogs
The U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, issued a public health advisory on Thursday urging more Americans to carry and learn to use the opioid overdose-reversing drug naloxone. Naloxone, which is often referred to by the brand name Narcan, can be lifesaving for people overdosing on opioids. As the nation’s opioid crisis has increased in recent years, first responders, emergency medical technicians and police officers have used naloxone to help revive people who are suspected of overdosing. Adams said Thursday that community members, family and friends of people using opioids, and individuals using the drugs thems...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Naloxone Narcan onetime Opioid opioids Source Type: news
The U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, issued a public health advisory on Thursday urging more Americans to carry and learn to use the opioid overdose-reversing drug naloxone. Naloxone, which is often referred to by the brand name Narcan, can be lifesaving for people overdosing on opioids. As the nation’s opioid crisis has increased in recent years, first responders, emergency medical technicians and police officers have used naloxone to help revive people who are suspected of overdosing. Adams said Thursday that community members, family and friends of people using opioids, and individuals using the drugs thems...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Naloxone Narcan onetime Opioid opioids Source Type: news
Discussion Again, it stands to reason that people entrusted with running US government health care, public health and health policy should have some level of knowledge of biomedical science, health care, public health and/or health policy.  I dimly remember that before the Trump administration, many such leaders did have such background.  Not any more.This is only the latest examples of amazingly ill-informed people taking important responsibilities in government agencies having to do with health care, public health, and/or health policy.  Remember the brew-master with power over major policies in the V...
Source: Health Care Renewal - Category: Health Management Tags: DHHS Donald Trump ill-informed management narcotics Source Type: blogs
Conclusion This hearing was one of several opioid-related hearings and developments that have occurred recently and Congress currently seems to be working in a bipartisan manner to develop thoughtful legislative packages should they opt to take up new opioid-related legislation in advance of the 2018 midterm elections. The Subcommittee is preparing for a third hearing about the opioid crisis in April, which will cover Medicare, Medicaid and payer issues and plans. Committee Chairman Walden has said he wants the Committee to complete consideration of bills to address the opioid crisis by Memorial Day. On the Sen...
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