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.

JAMA report: bad news for use of activity trackers for weight loss programs

The Sept. 20, 2016 issue of JAMA includes, “Effect of Wearable Technology Combined With a Lifestyle Intervention on Long-term Weight Loss; The IDEA Randomized Clinical Trial.” This study compared weight loss programs using a standard protocol and an enhanced protocol using an activity tracker.  To cut to the chase, the authors conclude: Among young adults with a BMI between 25 and less than 40, the addition of a wearable technology device to a standard behavioral intervention resulted in less weight loss over 24 months. Devices that monitor and provide feedback on physical activity may not offer an advantage over standard behavioral weight

Two minute “reboot” mindfulness stretches for therapists and patients

From the MindfulOnline blog, one of the high quality blogs that monitors,  “Try This Movement Practice Before You Meditate” on Sept. 13, 2016. This is a brief article and two minute video about a set of yoga stretches that could be used for therapists to reboot during the day, and which also could be taught to patients/clients to help with stress management or getting ready for mindfulness practice. You probably would not need to do the full set of exercises, and some of the exercises would be easy to do in casual business clothing. mhconcierge’s take:  More and more

Summary of recent concerns about psychology research not be replicable

Courtesy of one of the blogs that mhconcierge monitors, Science of Us, comes, “A Helpful Rundown of the Current State of Psychology’s Replication Crisis.”  The article provides a brief, but thorough, summary of an evolving story, and concludes, “Psychology, it seems, has never quite had a sufficiently rigorous braking system to make sure exciting but preliminary findings truly pass muster before they are tossed onto the express train to Factsville.” mhconcierge’s take: If you are concerned about these issues, this is a good update.