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Integrated medical/substance abuse treatment increase odds patients continue treatment
Substance abusers given required medical care, integrated with substance abuse treatment are more likely to enter outpatient drug treatment programs upon completion of hospitalization than substance abusers who did not. (2002-06-27)

Health care providers should be prepared for high prevalence of co-occurring disorders
People who have major mental illnesses often have co-occurring substance abuse disorders. Conversely, individuals with substance abuse disorders often have co-occurring psychiatric disorders. But are the substance abuse problems of patients with major mental illnesses less severe than those of patients in substance abuse treatment? Are the psychiatric disorders of patients receiving substance abuse treatment less severe than those of psychiatric patients? NIDA-funded scientists conducted a study that addressed these questions. (2004-05-03)

APHA 2010: Study finds funding for substance abuse in Indiana lacking
A study by an Indiana University health policy expert found that the state of Indiana spends less on substance abuse prevention initiatives than do surrounding states. It also spends much more on addressing the consequences of substance abuse than on prevention efforts. Eric Wright, director of the Center for Health Policy, will discuss his findings on Monday at the American Public Health Association's Annual Meeting. (2010-11-08)

ER patients with substance abuse treatment need incur higher health care costs
Emergency department patients with unmet substance abuse treatment need generate much higher hospital and emergency department charges than patients without such need, according to a new study to be published Dec.20 as an advance online publication of Annals of Emergency Medicine. (2004-12-20)

Marijuana use amongst youth stable, but substance abuse admissions up
While marijuana use amongst youth remains stable, youth admission to substance abuse treatment facilities has increased, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. (2017-08-15)

Abuse of alcohol and/or illicit drugs is associated with an increased risk of schizophrenia in later life
New research published at this year's International Early Psychosis Association meeting in Milan, Italy, (Oct. 20-22), shows that alcohol, cannabis and other illicit drugs can greatly increase the risk of developing schizophrenia in later life (2016-10-20)

Examination of effect of CMS policy to suppress substance abuse claims data
In a study appearing in the March 15 issue of JAMA, Kathryn Rough, Sc.M., of Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, and colleagues examined the association between implementation of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) suppression policy of substance abuse-related claims and rates of diagnoses for non­substance abuse conditions in Medicaid data. (2016-03-15)

Behavior therapy plus medication may help teens with depression and substance use disorders
The antidepressant fluoxetine combined with cognitive behavioral therapy appears as effective for treating depression among teens who also have substance use disorders as among those without substance abuse problems, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2007-11-05)

Substance abuse factor in higher risk of violent crime by persons with schizophrenia
The increased risk of persons with schizophrenia committing violent crime may be largely mediated by co-existing substance abuse problems, according to a study in the May 20 issue of JAMA. (2009-05-19)

Screening for behavioral health first step to getting treatment
Health plans seldom require screening for substance abuse and mental health in primary care even though it can improve detection, according to a new Brandeis University study published in the July issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. This may be a missed opportunity to help people with mental illness or substance abuse problems, only a fraction of whom currently receive treatment. (2007-07-10)

Substance use and mood and anxiety disorders among the most prevalent psychiatric disorders
Substance abuse and mood and anxiety disorders that arise independently of substance abuse and withdrawal are some of the most common psychiatric disorders in the United States, according to an article in the August issue of The Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2004-08-02)

Researchers find group therapy benefits homeless veterans prone to violence
A new study examines the rates of violence among homeless veterans and their partners and the significant results of group therapy. (2009-09-25)

Treatment of substance abuse can lessen risk of future violence in mentally ill
If a person is dually diagnosed with a severe mental illness and a substance abuse problem, are improvements in their mental health or in their substance abuse most likely to reduce the risk of future violence? A new study from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions suggests that reducing substance abuse has a greater influence in reducing violent acts by patients with severe mental illness. (2014-10-01)

High rates of substance abuse exist among veterans with mental illness
A new study published in the American Journal on Addictions reveals that veterans who suffer from mental health disorders also have high rates of substance use disorders. (2011-04-19)

Study finds mass behavioral health plan is a good value
A study released by the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Corporations of Massachusetts, Inc., a statewide organization representing over 100 community-based mental health and substance abuse service providers, found that the MassHealth behavioral health carve-out provides efficient and effective mental health and substance abuse services and is of good taxpayer value to the Commonwealth. (2006-01-30)

Mental illness protects some inmates from returning to jail
People with mental illness have gotten a bad rap in past studies, being labeled the group of people with the highest return rates to prison. But a researcher from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University counters those findings in a new study -- demonstrating that inmates with severe mental illnesses alone actually have lower rates of recidivism than those with substance abuse issues or no mental or substance abuse issues. (2012-01-17)

Physicians report less professional satisfaction in treating substance-abusing patients
Based on a survey of primary care physicians, researchers at Boston University School of Medicine and Public Health, report that residents and faculty physicians find less satisfaction caring for patients with alcohol or drug problems than managing patients with hypertension. (2002-06-27)

Patient-initiated workplace violence affects counselors, treatment and outcomes, research finds
More than four out of five counselors who treat patients for substance abuse have experienced some form of patient-initiated workplace violence according to the first national study to examine the issue, led by Georgia State University Professor Brian E. Bride. (2015-06-23)

Plays promote prevention of drug abuse
A new study finds that theatrical drama is an educational tool in the fight against drug addiction and abuse. Research published today in Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy, shows that after watching the play (2007-04-04)

Research examines connection between substance abuse and violence
In the newly published The Cambridge Handbook of Violent Behavior and Aggression, Dr. Daniel Flannery, co-editor of the book, Kent State professor of justice studies and ISPV director, and Dr. Jeff Kretschmar, ISPV project director, examine previously published research to determine general trends in substance use and characteristics of users. (2007-10-09)

UC research examines interventions in treating African-Americans with substance abuse
New research out of the University of Cincinnati reveals a relatively rare look into the success of substance abuse treatment programs for African-Americans. Researchers report that self-motivation could be an important consideration into deciding on the most effective treatment strategy. (2013-02-19)

UCSF researchers study effectiveness of integrating medical care with addiction treatment
A study led by a UCSF and Kaiser Permanente researcher examined the differences in treatment outcomes between integrated and independent models of medical care and substance abuse treatment, and concluded that not only do patients benefit from integrated medical and substance abuse treatments, but the integration can also be cost effective. (2001-10-09)

Violence not key factor in recovery from brain injury
Victims of violence who suffer traumatic brain injuries do just as well at rehabilitation as do other TBI victims -- unless they are substance abusers. While substance abuse and violence-related brain injuries often co-exist, a study found it's the substance abuse that determines how well people recover from those injuries. (2001-06-26)

Drama can help educate and motivate, research shows
Drama certainly has the power to entertain, but can it also change behavior? A play about substance abuse was successful at prompting audience members to participate in substance abuse prevention activities, according to Allyn Howlett, Ph.D., from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. (2007-04-30)

Boston University School of Medicine physician receives award from AATOD
Needham resident Daniel Alford, MD, an associate professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine attending physician in the General Internal Medicine Department at Boston Medical Center and associate medical director of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Division with the Boston Public Health Commission, was one of 12 clinicians in the nation to receive the Nyswander-Dole Award. The award was presented at the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence's recent national conference. (2007-10-30)

Adverse birth outcomes associated with homelessness and substance abuse
Merry Little and colleagues assessed the perinatal health of infants born of mothers who were homeless or underhoused or had substance abuse. Compared to women without these problems women who were underhoused or homeless were 2.9 times more likely to have a pre-term delivery and 6.9 times more likely to give birth to an infant who weighed less than 2000 grams. (2005-09-12)

Study examines substance abuse prevalence among teens receiving routine medical care
Approximately 15 percent of teens receiving routine outpatient medical care in a New England primary care network had positive results on a substance abuse screening test, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2007-11-05)

Teen alcohol and illicit drug use and abuse examined in study
A survey of a nationally representative sample of US teenagers suggests that most cases of alcohol and drug abuse have their initial onset at this important period of development, according to a report published in the April issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, a JAMA Network publication. (2012-04-02)

'Oliver Twist' is a textbook of child abuse
Oliver Twist, the novel by Charles Dickens, is a textbook of abuse. Dickens describes many categories of child abuse, and identifies risk factors which modern research has now classified as hallmarks of abusing parents. (2001-11-21)

Access to substance abuse treatment for Medicaid clients
Researchers at the Oregon Health Sciences University found that implementation of a capitated substance abuse benefit appeared to increase access to related services for state Medicaid clients in Oregon. This single benefit broadened the array of covered substance abuse treatment services formerly offered Medicaid patients, and improved integration of health care services among providers. (2000-10-23)

UNC study: Mental illness by itself does not predict future violent behavior
People with mental illness alone are no more likely than anyone else to commit acts of violence, a new study by UNC researchers concludes. But mental illness combined with substance abuse or dependence elevates the risk for future violence. (2009-02-02)

Long-term study data supports association between childhood ADHD and substance abuse risk
Analysis of data from two long-term studies of the impact of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder on the development of psychiatric disorders in young adults confirms that ADHD alone significantly increases the risk of cigarette smoking and substance abuse in both boys and girls. (2011-05-31)

Children's mental health, substance abuse association studied at Rutgers-Camden
Research underway at Rutgers University-Camden seeks to examine links between children's mental health problems and alcohol, nicotine and illegal drug use over time. (2007-08-15)

Stimulant treatment of children with ADHD reduces subsequent substance abuse
A study by researchers at Harvard University has provided more evidence that using stimulant medications to treat children with ADHD may reduce their risk of developing drug and alcohol use disorders later in life (2003-03-05)

What effect has substance abuse on outcome of schizophrenia treated with antipsychotics?
Review in the journal Current Drug Abuse Reviews: Long-term administration of antipsychotics and the influence of drug abuse on the disease outcome (2017-11-02)

Adopting 12-step philosophy may enhance outcomes of counseling for cocaine addiction
Study results suggest that encouraging patients to adopt the (2004-05-03)

Study finds link between mothers' substance abuse and their style of child discipline
Mothers who have alcohol and drug problems tend to be more punitive toward their children than women who do not have substance-abuse problems, according to a study conducted by two University at Buffalo School of Social Work faculty members. (2000-03-01)

Study finds few substance abuse treatment programs for elders
Fewer than one in five existing substance abuse programs in the United States offers services specifically designed for older adults, according to a University of Iowa investigation. The study suggests substance abuse in the older population is a particularly serious health concern. (2003-10-13)

BMC nurse manager receives Abstract Award
Hanover resident and Boston Medical Center nurse manager Colleen LaBelle, R.N., A.C.R.N., C.A.R.N., was one of two semi-finalists to receive the Best Abstract Award from the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse. (2008-11-17)

MGH study supports protective effect of stimulant treatment for ADHD
An analysis of all available studies that examine the possible impact of stimulant treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) on future substance abuse supports the safety of stimulant treatment. Using a statistical technique called meta-analysis, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital found that medication treatment for children with ADHD resulted in an almost two-fold reduction in the risk of future substance abuse. (2003-01-06)

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