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A Resolution to Embrace Measurement-Based Care

Treating Substance Use Disorders: A Resolution to Embrace Measurement-Based Care

Why Measuring Treatment Outcomes is a 21st Century Mandate for Treating Addiction Dr. Tonmoy Sharma, MBBS, MSc CEO, Sovereign Health W e are well into the second decade of the 21st century. On almost a weekly basis, new discoveries gleaned from advanced neuroimaging techniques, rigorous clinical trial outcomes data, and the development of novel neuropsychiatric […]

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Prescription Opioids in the Body and the Brain

Prescription Opioids in the Body and the Brain

By Resilient Health Staff Prescription opioids (OxyContin, Vicodin, etc.) provide the user relief from chronic and often debilitating pain when taken as prescribed. But according to one report, nearly 1 in 3 opioid prescriptions is being abused. Prescription opioids, like all opioids, are addictive. The American Society of Addiction Medicine notes that in 2014, roughly […]

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Uncovering U-4: The Tip of the Synthetic and Psychoactive Substance Iceberg

Uncovering U-4: The Tip of the Synthetic and Psychoactive Substance Iceberg

By Dana Connolly, Ph.D. In the past, China was ravaged by the West through the Opium Wars. Today, Western countries appear to be the ones being targeted, as synthetic drugs pour over our borders from China and elsewhere. Sadly, these substances are taking the innocent lives of our youth, while leaving devastated families and communities […]

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Borderline Personality Disorder and Addiction: A Deadly Combination

Borderline Personality Disorder and Addiction: A Deadly Combination

By Lise Millay Stevens, M.A. Also known as BPD, borderline personality disorder is a serious mental illness that affects more than 4 million U.S. men, women and children, and often goes undiagnosed, misdiagnosed and/or untreated. BPD has symptoms that make it difficult to have normal relationships, keep a job, and function normally in life. Because […]

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Transference-Focused Psychotherapy May Help People with Borderline Personality Disorder

Transference-Focused Psychotherapy May Help People with Borderline Personality Disorder

By Resilient Health Staff Borderline personality disorder, often shortened to BPD, is a personality disorder characterized by impulsive and reckless behavior, difficulties regulating emotions, and unstable relationships with other people. People with BPD typically react strongly to abandonment, whether real or perceived, and may experience recurrent episodes of self-harm and suicidal behavior. Unlike mood disorders […]

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Not Just a Phase: Diagnosing and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder in Teens

Not Just a Phase: Diagnosing and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder in Teens

By Resilient Health Staff Approximately 1.6 percent of adults in the United States struggle with borderline personality disorder (BPD), according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). This estimate, however, may be closer to 5.9 percent, since BPD often goes undiagnosed. Personality disorders, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), […]

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AT A GLANCE: Addiction Treatment Medications Dominate News Cycle

Referral to Treatment Opportunities Missed by Judicial System https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/10.1377/hlthaff.2017.0890 A new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public reports that less than five percent of people referred for opioid-related treatment by the judicial system are sent to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs. The authors note that, in contrast, 40 percent of clients referred for […]

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ADDICTION TREATMENT MEDICATIONS DOMINATE NEWS CYCLE

Referral to Treatment Opportunities Missed by Judicial System https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/10.1377/hlthaff.2017.0890. A new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public reports that less than five percent of people referred for opioid-related treatment by the judicial system are sent to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs. The authors note that, in contrast, 40 percent of clients referred for opioid […]

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Professional Perspectives: The Connection Between Drug Abuse and Personality Disorders

The 1970s and ‘80s saw a major expansion of drug use in America. In response, psychosocial researchers aimed to pinpoint the problem behind the increased use and work toward solutions. By studying various characteristics of drug users, including personality and personality disorders, scientists tried to identify which factors promoted risk of addiction and other factors […]

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Personality Disorders: A Brief Primer

A personality disorder is a mental condition characterized by rigid and unhealthy thought patterns that negatively impact a person’s social encounters and behavior. People with personality disorders may have difficulties at work, school or home. They may also have trouble maintaining healthy relationships.     Clinicians have divided personality disorders into three clusters: Cluster A […]

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UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL : Dave’s Brave Journey – From Borderline Personality Disorder and Alcoholism to Recovey

I was born David Theodore Monroe IV, a fancy name for a poor child. David Theodore Monroe III left my mother and I when I was just a few months old. Mom remarried and they bought a house in Fallbrook, California. Mom had two more children, a boy then a girl. My stepfather also had […]

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