The Food and Drug Administration last week announced that it has approved the first mobile app to help treat individuals with substance use disorders (SUD). The app, known as Reset, uses cognitive-behavioral therapy and is intended to be used in combination with outpatient therapy to treat alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, and stimulant SUDs.
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In 2014, approximately 22.5 million Americans aged 12 and older self-reported needing treatment for alcohol or illicit drug use. Addressing the impact of substance use alone is estimated to cost Americans more than $600 billion each year. Prevention of substance abuse is a key factor in public mental health. Research shows that of those adults with any mental illness, 18.2% had a substance use disorder, while those adults with no mental illness only had a 6.3% rate of substance use disorder in the past year. The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council notes that cost-benefit ratios for early treatment and prevention programs for addictions and mental illness programs range from 1:2 to 1:10. This means a $1 investment yields $2 to $10 savings in health costs, criminal and juvenile justice costs, educational costs, and lost productivity.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded more than $200 million to 1,178 health centers and 13 rural health organizations to increase access to substance abuse and mental health services. opioid crisis
Most people – including most physicians — think of pain as a physical symptom, but science reveals that emotions also play a big role. In other words – psychology is integral to the pain experience, and it can make it better or worse.
Ms. Dolin’s lawsuit, however, has lifted the curtain on data from early clinical trials of Paxil, renewing concerns that older adults, who use antidepressants in far greater numbers than young people, may also be at greater risk of self-harm when taking the drugs.
The month of September is a very special month for us who have served as professional practitioners in the field of mental health and chemical dependency. It is a month that we honor those most deserving individuals and families in recovery from mental illness and substance use disorders, and to spread awareness that recovery is Read more
September is National Suicide Prevention Month, with World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10. To those in the healthcare community and countless mental health and substance abuse allies, suicide prevention is a year-round mission.
Without integrated care and intersectoral collaboration, it will continue to be difficult to prevent suicide in people with substance use disorders.
“Emergency physicians are trained to treat life- and limb-threatening emergencies, making it inefficient for patients with mental health, substance abuse, or dental disorders to be treated in this setting,” say Renee Hsia, MD, and Matthew Niedzwiecki, PhD.
Given existing antidepressants don’t work for many people, the excitement surrounding the development of a new class of treatments from recreational drugs such as magic mushrooms is understandable. But there are strong reasons to doubt they will have the kind of impact hoped for.
Mayo’s program is one of a few around the country to address the emotional, social and psychological aspects of pain and reduce patients’ reliance on addictive medicines. But as the nation faces an opioid epidemic, Wesley Gilliam says there needs to be more of them.
Suicide and self-harm is the leading cause of death for indigenous Canadians up to the age of 44. Selena Randhawa talks to young First Nations people about the shocking deprivation and deep despair that lie behind this epidemic.
Mayo’s program is one of a few around the country to address the emotional, social and psychological aspects of pain and reduce patients’ reliance on addictive medicines. But as the nation faces an opioid epidemic, Gillam says there needs to be more of them.
The group leading the charge to get MDMA approved for medical use passed a major hurdle after the US Food and Drug Administration granted it a special designation that could fast-track its approval to treat PTSD.
Denver’s new apartment building caters to homeless who have been traumatized after years on the streets
Being indoors can be stressful for some of Denver’s chronic homeless, but new “trauma-informed” building hopes to break the cycle.
In northern Ontario, surrounding James Bay and Hudson Bay, lie six remote First Nations communities. Many of these communities struggle with a host of mental health issues including high rates of suicide, substance abuse and depression.
New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray has taken her city’s plan for addressing substance abuse and mental illness and expanded it to 155 cities.
Dr. Breggin is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and former Consultant at the National Institute ofMental Health (NIMH). He has been called “The Conscience of Psychiatry” for his many decades of successful efforts to reform the mental health field.
For the past 50 years, we have been waging a war on drugs that has relied nearly exclusively on supply control and tough punishment. It hasn’t worked.
The 20-year opioid overdose epidemic confronting our nation has continued unabated largely because of an uncoordinated response that has over emphasized supply-side interventions, rather than dramatically increasing access to evidence-based treatment.
Even though pain and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are among the most common reasons people use medical marijuana in the U.S., there isn’t much proof cannabis works for either one of these conditions, two research reviews suggest.
Insurance coverage of mental health services via telehealth technology is surging to unprecedented levels amid an opioid abuse epidemic and increased access to behavioral healthcare generally, a new report and telemedicine companies say.
The altered state of consciousness and temporary lack of ego that results from using psychedelic drugs could help some mental health patients recover from their symptoms, according to academics at the University of Adelaide.
Christie’s plan would almost double the health department’s $1.6 billion budget and dramatically change its mission from licensing and public education to hands-on management of four public psychiatric hospitals and more than $100 million in private contracts.
Scientists are gaining a more nuanced picture of what depression is–not a monolithic disease, but probably dozens of distinct maladies–and they’re getting closer to learning what works for which kind of ailment. The biggest development has been the rediscovery of a promising, yet fraught, drug called ketamine.
marijuana – For years, Brian avoided seeking help for his depression and anxiety because he was afraid a doctor would either insist that he quit smoking pot or would refuse to treat him entirely. The idea of having to choose between medical treatment that he was unsure would work and the pot that he knew Read more
Nearly 1 in 5 American adults deals with a mental illness or substance abuse problem each year, a U.S. government study says. Oregon has the highest rate, and New Jersey the lowest, according to 2012-2014 data analyzed by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
I spend countless hours training others on the vital need to begin making these vital lifesaving connections about trauma, victimization and addiction. I watch as light bulbs go off in the minds of victim advocates, drug and alcohol professionals and others working in both disciplines, unfortunately, they are rarely if ever in the same room receiving Read more
The evidence-based program screens adolescents for personality traits, which can indicate higher risk for substance abuse or a mental disorder. University of Montreal PhD Candidate Jean-Francois G. Morin, who is working to train Overdose Lifeline, says kids are then placed into five categories and invited to participate in discussion groups.