December 8th 2023
What is new in research on cannabis?
December 6th 2023
What neuromodulation can be used to specifically target nicotine users with schizophrenia? This research may tell us.
December 5th 2023
Deep brain stimulation for substance use disorders when everything else fails, the history of the ACNP, and more.
Research presented at the ACNP 2023 Annual Meeting shows that neuromodulation therapy cTBS could be a viable schizophrenia-specific intervention for nicotine use.
November 30th 2023
The experts weighed in on a wide variety of psychiatric issues for the November 2023 issue of Psychiatric Times.
Gaming Addiction in ICD-11: Issues and Implications
With internet and video gaming here to stay, game designers will continue to prioritize habitual gaming over the health of players, and the burden of pathological gaming will fall on users and their families.
CBD and Pain: Issues Psychiatrists Should Consider
What happens when your patient uses cannabinoid compounds for pain, especially if there are currently taking opioids? Just in time for Pain Awareness Month, the results from these new studies provide insights and guidance.
Gene Mutation Can Raise Risk of Alcohol and Drug Abuse
An interplay between genetic and early environmental factors contributes to the development of substance abuse.
Goldilocks and the Opioids
Medical professionals don’t want to prescribe too many pain killers, which may contribute to the epidemic of opioid misuse, yet they don’t want patients to needlessly suffer.
21st Century Reefer Madness
Many have said that truth is the first casualty of war. In the war on drugs, truth died before the first shot was fired.
Coaching Families to Address Addiction
"He'll just have to hit bottom." That bit of outdated advice can be terrifying. How do clinicians trying to help the person with an addiction who refuses to set foot in our office render assistance?
US Life Expectancy: The Mental Health Perspective
Opioids, suicide, and Alzheimer disease all play a large role in the life expectancy drop reported by the CDC.
5 Classic Hallucinogens Studied in the Treatment of Addictions
This slideshow provides information about the compounds, clinically relevant attributes, approximate dose, and data under study.
Gender Differences in Addiction: Clinical Implications
Dependence on alcohol and tobacco or illicit drugs is generally higher in men, but the gender gap is narrowing at an alarming rate, especially in adolescents.
Understanding and Treating Co-Occurring Bipolar Disorder and Substance Use Disorders
Symptoms of alcohol and drug intoxication and withdrawal may resemble symptoms of bipolar disorder, making it difficult to diagnose and treat.
Pros and Cons of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
Although these medication-assisted treatments have been approved by the FDA and have strong empiric evidence for superior outcomes, it is important to know the good and the bad.
Mini Quiz: Prescribing Opioids to the Elderly
The short vignettes in this quiz highlight the importance of understanding the delicate balance between risks and benefits when prescribing opioids.
The Therapeutic Cannabis User: 5 Key Issues
A drug once seen as a widespread danger to society is now experiencing renewed interest as a treatment for medical conditions, including a number of mental health conditions. This brief review explores 5 key issues clinicians can consider when encountering the therapeutic cannabis user.
Online Communities for Drug Withdrawal: What Can We Learn?
In this age of chat rooms and social media, an ever-growing number of psychiatric patients use the internet to find their treatment community online.
Opioid Overdoses and Naloxone: What Everyone Needs to Know
More than 6 out of 10 deaths involve prescribed opioids. The authors address guidelines for who should (and who should not) receive a naloxone prescription.
Opioid Use in the Elderly
While opioid use disorders are more common in younger patients, prevalence among the elderly is growing.
Mini Quiz: Prescribing for Patients With SUDS
What should prescribers of controlled substances keep in mind when working with patients with substance use disorders? Take the quiz and learn more.
Mini Quiz: Alcohol and Sleep
Which sleep parameters are increased in alcohol use disorders? Take the quiz and learn more.
Q&A: Clinical Challenges in Substance Use Disorders
What's the optimal strategy toward recovery from opioid use disorder? Which treatment for nicotine addiction has the most favorable adverse-effect profile?
E-Cigarettes, Vaping, and Other Electronic Nicotine Products: Harm Reduction Pathways or New Avenues for Addiction?
This article summarizes data on e-cigarettes, provides recommendations and resources to learn more, and emphasizes the evidence for treating tobacco (traditional cigarettes) addiction in people with mental illness.
New Insights on Substance Use Disorders
A clinical collection on addiction treatment, ADHD and SUDs, important drug indications, vaping, cannabis use, benzodiazepines, the perils of self-medicating and other topics relevant to practicing psychiatrists.
Update on the Opioid Wars
Significant progress has been made in containing the opioid epidemic, but new threats loom. Thomas Kosten, MD, an addiction psychiatrist, takes a brief look.
Cannabis-Induced Psychosis: A Review
Numerous lines of evidence suggest a correlation between cannabis consumption and a variety of psychiatric conditions, including cannabis-induced psychosis.
8 Core Principles When Treating Addiction in Adolescents
The main goal in treating addiction is to help the patient achieve and improve functioning. When that patient is also an adolescent, there are special considerations. Here's a quick primer.
Understanding Benzodiazepines and Their Role in Substance Use Disorders
Appropriate use of benzodiazepines in patients with a substance use disorder is an important skill. Here are some important considerations.
Treatment Strategies for Substance Use Disorders in Adolescents: A Clinical Review
The authors present a clinically focused introduction to treatment principles for adolescent substance abuse disorders and reviews evidence-based approaches.
Psychiatric Questions, Queries, and Quarrels
In psychiatry, hot debates abound if you just look around-and if this Special Report collection is any indication, the result is a balance of opinion and civility made richer by virtue of opposing views.
Recognizing Toxidromes From Digitally Accessed Illicit Drugs: New Challenges for Psychiatrists
Access to illicit drugs is now as easy as a few swipes on a smartphone. Here's a primer for clinicians who aren't well acquainted with this trend and who aren’t familiar with the many substances themselves.
Marijuana and the Psychiatric Patient
Marijuana-related problems fall well within the scope of psychiatric practice: many patients use marijuana, which is likely to affect their psychiatric symptoms and response to treatment.
The Freedom in Accepting Our Limits
A psychiatrist realizes he is completely powerless against his patient's opiate addiction.
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