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Thomas G. Kimball, PhD
First responders on the front line of the opioid crisis have learned that substance use disorders are not a matter of will power or bad decisions.
Here are some of the reasons why it is so difficult for those who suffer mental health and/or severe substance use disorder to access appropriate treatment.
Some experts have identified cryptocurrency, and the processes involved in obtaining it, as an emerging behavioral addiction.
More investment in rehabilitation and less reliance on incarceration and other punitive measures improves outcomes for those suffering from addiction
College is a time when young people begin to use or abuse substances. Collegiate recovery programs offer students in recovery organized, specialized support.
Unlike cancer, the disease of addiction carries with it massive stigma because we fail to apply known research & properly categorize addiction as a chronic brain disease.
No one factor is the 'cause' of addiction. There are multiple culprits, all complex and complicated. They are biological, psychological, & social in nature. The 'cure' for addiction must be equivalent in complexity & holistic to tackle all three dimensions. Anything less will result in poor outcomes & more suffering.
Millennials were born during a period of rapid technological transformation. Most millennials have never known life without a cellular telephone or without having access to the internet. The mental health effects of being "always connected" have only recently started to be considered.
Medication Assisted Treatment programs for opioid-addicted incarcerated individuals increase reporting for post-release treatment and lower recidivism and relapse rates.
Finding effective and safer alternatives to pain management is essential in the fight against the opioid epidemic.
The need for these services far outweighs the demand as many people who meet the critical for severe substance use disorder meet financial barriers to access treatment.
New data about a heroin vaccine working in mice and monkeys is exciting but addiction is complicated—psychological aspects must also be addressed.