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Friday, February 20, 2015

NCADD's Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update - Week ending February 20, 2015

Addiction Campuses hits enabling behaviors head-on

The Addiction Campuses treatment organization has released a hard-hitting infographic that takes a direct attack on what it calls the number one cause of death in addiction: enabling.

Counselor education embracing broader base of learning

The addiction treatment community increasingly acknowledges the many diverse paths to illness and recovery, but is the academic world keeping up in the way it educates and trains the clinicians of the future?   Please click here to continue reading.    

New York college students perceive minimal harms from marijuana

A survey of New York college students indicates that these young adults generally see marijuana as less harmful than alcohol, and that they overwhelmingly support its legalization. Please click here to continue reading. 

Happy Hour Whenever You Want It

Like many New Yorkers, Jay Reno likes to meet up with friends after work for a few drinks. But Reno - like the 92 percent of U.S. full-time workers who put in 40-plus hours a week - found that his late work hours meant he was missing out on happy hour deals. So he helped create an app, Happy Any Hour, a sort of happy-hour-on-demand option for drinking in NYC. Click here for more.

Addicts Quit with Paid Work and Near-Daily Drug Tests

Drug addicts often have trouble holding down a job. Yet many experts believe that having a steady income is key to helping addicts quit. To that end, psychiatrist Kenneth Silverman of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and his colleagues created "therapeutic workplaces." The technique features frequent drug tests, unlimited second chances and cash bonuses to addicts who keep clean. Research in recent years has suggested that Silverman has indeed homed in on a winning strategy. Click here to read more.

Where Are the Mental-Health Providers?
As more patients seek help, advocates scramble to expand providers' ranks

 Millions of Americans with mental illness are hearing a loud and clear message: Get help. There's still one question: Who is going to treat them? Please click here to continue reading.

How pot gives people the munchies

 Greasy burgers, oily pizza, raw cookie dough -- anything's fair game for someone with the munchies, the insatiable hunger that strikes marijuana users. Now scientists have identified a surprising new brain circuit behind those pot-fueled snack attacks.The munchies are triggered in part by brain cells that normally turn down appetite, according to a new study in this week's Nature. Under the influence of pot, these circuits switch from signaling "Don't eat" to "Eat!" even if the body doesn't need any food. Continue reading here.

The Sham Of Drug Testing For Benefits: Walker, Scott And Political Pandering

 Faux tough guys Scott Walker and Rick Scott bluster with bravado about being tough on crime and on drugs. Who benefits from drug testing, besides them and their cronies? Walker, who can't decide his position on evolution, comes down strongly against the science on the issue of drug testing, having just proposed it as a condition for receiving public benefits, such as food stamps, and even unemployment benefits.T continue reading please click here.

Same-Day Delivery Resurges, Adding Alcohol

There are many bodies in the delivery graveyard. Webvan, Kozmo and Urbanfetch were all seen as the next big thing before crashing spectacularly. But same-day delivery is making a comeback, with large Internet players like Amazon and eBay entering the mix. And in that resurgence are small start-ups focused on a niche product: alcohol. Click here to continue reading.

The Terrifying Faces of Alcohol Inhalation

 In a 2006 video demonstrating AWOL (Alcohol Without Liquid), a machine that mixes ethanol with oxygen and delivers the resulting mist through a tube, a British guy sucking on "The Ultimate Party Tool" exclaims, "In 10 years' time, I can see everybody doing this." Although AWOL still has another year to catch on, by now it is fair to say that prediction was overly optimistic. Click here to continue reading.

Methamphetamine May be More Harmful to Teen Brains

Long-term use of methamphetamine causes more brain damage in teens than adults, a new study finds. Researchers conducted MRI brain scans of 51 teen and 54 adult chronic methamphetamine abusers. They compared those scans to those of 60 teens and 60 adults who didn't use the drug. The study participants were all from South Korea. Click here to continue reading.

Should We Say Goodbye to Addiction Treatment Graduations - or Rebrand?

 If they really told you what it was going to be like when you went in, you'd never go to rehab because ninety percent of what you drank over is still there with you when you get home - the issues that caused you to drink are still there. You go home, and your family is waiting for you to be fixed, and you have twenty more questions than you had." This is what one articulate woman told me of her first experience at a high-end residential rehab. Click here to continue reading.

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