Psychology and SUD treatment: BAT helps get better outcomes, sobriety

On 10-26-17 the online blog ClinicalEdge, published by Clinical Psychiatry News, posted, “Behavioral Activation Effective for Substance Use.” This brief article reviews a study originally published online by the journal Addiction on 9-30-17. Researchers conducted a randomized clinical trial with 263 adult subjects, with follow-up assessment at three, six, and 12 months post treatment.

Leading neuroscientist opposes use of the “brain disease” model for addictions

From The ScienceofUs blog, “There’s a Downside to Viewing Addiction As a Brain Disease” on 2-21-17. The original article, “Viewing addiction as a brain disease promotes social injustice,” was posted by Nature.com, and was written by Carl L. Hart, Ph.D. He is the Chair of the Department of Psychology at Columbia University and on his website he describes himself as a “Scientist. Activist. Educator.”  He is a neuroscientist who advocates, “science should be driving out drug policies, even if it makes us uncomfortable.”

Addiction and Mental Illness: The Connection, and Coping Resources

This article was written by a guest contributor to the mhconcierge.com psychology healthcare newsletter, Jennifer McGregor.  Jennifer is a medial student and contributor to publichealthlibrary.org, a new website that provides resources for medical students and the public interested in progressive healthcare resources.  People who struggle with mental illness are much more likely to experience an addiction than those without mental illness. Similarly, people with an addiction are more likely to develop either the symptoms of a mental illness or a fully established mental illness. Coping when you are handling both a mental illness and addiction is never easy and can

Two resources for integrating behavioral and alcohol dependency treatments

1. The online blog Medical News Today posted “More Difficult to Achieve Control Drinking Them to Give up Alcohol Entirely” on 9-19-16. This article reviews recently published research done in sweetened that compared the results for people with alcohol addiction who decided to, with the support of their care provider, pursue total abstinence versus a group who pursued moderation of their drinking, with support of their care provider.