Clinical Column: The Overlap Between Addiction and ADHD

Posted on September 5, 2019 in Clinical Column

In most dual diagnosis treatment centers around the U.S, you will find several patients at any given time that are suffering with both addiction and Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is estimated that between 15-20% of adults with a history of addiction have ADHD. Often ADHD is overlooked or pushed to the side as the focus

Clinical Column: The Impact Of Substance Abuse On Children

Posted on August 29, 2019 in Clinical Column

Approximately 18.7 million individuals ages 18 and above, or 21.2% of the population have had a substance use diagnosis in the past year according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Substance abuse has been recognized as one of the most significant health crises in American history. The impact on the individual who

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Clinical Column: How To Talk To Your Kids About Drugs

Posted on August 15, 2019 in Clinical Column

Back to school means shopping for supplies, clothes, new shoes and preparing kids for the upcoming year. New classes, new sports teams and new friends are some of the exciting “news” that arrive every fall. Unfortunately, there are also new opportunities for kids to be exposed to drugs. Thousands of kids experiment with drugs for

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Clinical Column:The Need For Effective Medicaid SUD Treatment

Posted on August 8, 2019 in Clinical Column

Medicaid has been a staple topic in the media for years, with an ongoing debate regarding its policies. Medicaid is a lifeline to millions of Americans who would not otherwise have access to essential care to promote health and well-being. The implications of Medicaid services extend past healthcare and trickles down into various aspects of


Ties Between Substance Abuse & LGBT Community

Posted on August 1, 2019 in Clinical Column

June marks the anniversary of the Stonewall riots and is LGBT Pride month. An event like Pride month is certainly something to celebrate; however, it also affords the opportunity to create and engage in conversations about important topics related to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) community. Unfortunately, Pride month often distills down to

A doctor holding a stethoscope. This doctor can help individuals suffering with opiate addiction.

The Benefits And Differences Between MAT Programs

Posted on July 25, 2019 in Clinical Column

  From opioid misuse to increased opioid-use related overdoses to the rising incidence of newborns experiencing opioid withdrawal symptoms, the devastating consequences of the opioid epidemic continue to increase. With such consequences arises conversations regarding the appropriate treatment of Opioid Use Disorder, often evoking debates whether traditional total-abstinence or harm-reduction approaches are most efficacious. If

Women & Substance Abuse-Causes, Effects & Consequences

Posted on July 18, 2019 in Clinical Column

  “Mommy needs wine!” and other common memes highlight the societal trends of normalizing substance abuse in women. An estimated 19.5 million women reported using illicit substances over the past year, according to recent studies. These numbers do not include the use of alcohol or tobacco. Why does this matter? Science shows that there are