Treatment Research

Primary-Care Consultation Can Help Problem Drinkers

Few patients with alcohol-use problems who might benefit from either pharmacotherapy or specialized addiction treatment actually receive care. A pilot study which examined the feasibility of providing a real-time video consultation resource in primary care could increase the number who seek treatment.

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Study: A.A. Most Effective Path to Sobriety

Alcoholics Anonymous, the worldwide fellowship of sobriety seekers, is the most effective path to abstinence, according to a comprehensive analysis of studies of more than 10,000 participants conducted by a Stanford School of Medicine researcher and his collaborators.

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Addiction as a Disease Is More Complicated, Researchers Find

Research finds that people with substance-use problems who read a message describing addiction as a disease are less likely to report wanting to engage in effective therapies, compared to those who read a message that addiction behaviors are subject to change. The finding could inform future public and interpersonal communication efforts regarding addiction.

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Barriers to Getting Substance Abuse Treatment

For patients with substance use disorders seen in the emergency department or doctor's office, locating and accessing appropriate treatment all too often poses difficult challenges, according to a study in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

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Program Closes Gap in Addiction Treatment

A program at Boston Medical Center's Grayken Center for Addiction is showing that connecting patients to addiction treatment when they are hospitalized for other conditions can be a powerful tool in closing a gap in addiction treatment. In fact, early results show that many of these patients continue treatment after they are discharged, underscoring the importance of reaching patients who might otherwise not get treatment for their addiction.

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12 Steps Improve Youth Treatment Outcomes

A treatment program for adolescents with a substance-use disorder that incorporates the practices and philosophy of 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) produced even better results than the current state-of-the-art treatment approach in a nine-month, randomized trial.

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Trusting Counselor Vital to Treatment Success

A positive, trusting relationship between counselor and patient, known as a "therapeutic alliance," can be key to successful treatment of alcohol use disorder, a study finds. Gerard Connors, PhD, senior research scientist at the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions, studied more than five dozen people engaging in a 12-week program of cognitive behavior therapy for alcohol use disorder.

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