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Thomas G. Kimball, PhD

Thomas G. Kimball, PhD
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Thomas G. Kimball, Ph.D., LMFT, is the George C. Miller Family Regents Professor at Texas Tech University and the Director of the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities. Dr. Kimball has been part of the MAP team since 2012 and serves as Clinical Director, where he oversees and consults on the implementation of extended recovery modalities, techniques, and practices on individuals who undergo treatment for Substance Use Disorder (SUD).

He has received numerous teaching awards for his courses on families, addiction, & recovery. He is the author of several peer-reviewed articles on addiction and recovery in respected medical journals, a frequent contributor to leading addiction and recovery publications online, and co-authored the book, Six Essentials to Achieve Lasting Recovery, by Hazelden Press.

In addition to consulting and presenting on recovery-related issues across the U.S. and internationally, he frequently writes articles pertaining to emerging addiction recovery data, recovery techniques and modalities, the science behind addiction, the addiction crisis, and long term treatment for the chronic disease of addiction.

Dr. Kimball has made the focus of his career studying collegiate and long term addiction recovery by focusing on factors that enhance long term recovery and improve the treatment industry at a local, national, and international level. Follow him @drtomkimball

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The Need to Support Students in Recovery on College Campuses

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College is a time when young people begin to use or abuse substances. Collegiate recovery programs offer students in recovery organized, specialized support.
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Is Cancer A Moral Failing? What About Addiction?

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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.
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Smartphone Syndrome: A Millennial Mental Health Crisis

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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.
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Methadone and Suboxone For Heroin Recovery

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Medication Assisted Treatment programs for opioid-addicted incarcerated individuals increase reporting for post-release treatment and lower recidivism and relapse rates.
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Repurposing Cancer Drugs to Combat Opioid Dependency

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Finding effective and safer alternatives to pain management is essential in the fight against the opioid epidemic.
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How the Opioid Crisis Affects Addiction Treatment Centers

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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.
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Can a Vaccine Cure Heroin Addiction?

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New data about a heroin vaccine working in mice and monkeys is exciting but addiction is complicated—psychological aspects must also be addressed.
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Fentanyl Makes the Opioid Epidemic So Much Worse

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The prevalence and potency of Fentanyl are fueling the U.S. opioid epidemic putting many people at risk, not just those with the disease of addiction.
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Myths About Alcohol Addiction in Native Americans

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Native Americans have experienced strong bias, stereotype, myth, and marginalization on multiple levels, including with respect to alcohol addiction.
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What Does Research Tell Us About Marijuana & Addiction?

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The impact of marijuana use on an adolescent’s brain is compelling and disturbing. Even more alarming is the misnomer that marijuana is not addictive.
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Drug Testing Helps Those in Recovery Build Trust

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For those in recovery desperate to rebuild trust with their loved ones, drug testing offers a means by which they can provide proof to the world they are in recovery and moving forward.
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Effective Treatment Planning: Where is the Outcomes Data?

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One of the crucial things missing within the substance abuse treatment space is longitudinal outcomes data that documents the success or failure of a given treatment plan for a given person. Such data could be used improve individual patient outcomes and advance the field.