comorbidity

Heavy Cannabis Use, Dependence and the Brain

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Kroon, E., Kuhns, L., Hoch, E., and Cousijn, J. ( 2020) Heavy cannabis use, dependence and the brain: a clinical perspective. Addiction, 115: 559– 572. https://doi.org/10.1111/add.14776.

Although cannabis use disorder (CUD) is one of the most common substance use disorders (SUDs), the impact of CUD on the brain remains unclear and understudied.

In a recent article, published in Addiction journal, researchers from the University of Amsterdam and Ludwig Maximilan University have brought together the existing research on the relationship between heavy cannabis use, cannabis use disorder (CUD) and the brain.

Co-Occurring Alcohol Use Disorder and Anxiety Bridging Psychiatric, Psychological, and Neurobiological Perspectives

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Anker, J. J., & Kushner, M. G. (2019). Co-occurring alcohol use disorder and anxiety: bridging psychiatric, psychological, and neurobiological perspectives. Alcohol research: current reviews, 40(1).
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Treatment for Psychostimulants and for Co-Morbid Psychiatric and Medical Disorders Are Discussed by Experts from the Central Asian States

On 4-8 November 2019 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 24 specialists from the drug treatment centres, narcology clinics and institutions of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan participated in the Regional Training on introduction of the protocols on treatment for psychostimulants and for co-morbid psychiatric and medical disorders organized by UNODC global project GLOJ71 “Treating drug dependence and its health consequences: Treatnet” in collaboration with Sub-programme 3 “Prevention, treatment and rehabilitation and HIV prevention” of the UNODC

Interventions to Integrate Care for People with Serious Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders: A Systematic Scoping Review Protocol

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Richardson A, Richard L, Gunter K, et al Interventions to integrate care for people with serious mental illness and substance use disorders: a systematic scoping review protocol BMJ Open 2019;9:e031122. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-031122
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Introduction: People with serious mental illness (SMI) and/or substance use disorders (SUDs) have an elevated risk of premature mortality compared with the general population. This has been attributed to higher rates of chronic illness among these individuals, but also to inequities in healthcare access and treatment. Integrated care has the potential to improve the health of people with SMI/SUDs.

Comorbidity and Recovery

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Ali Adyb
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Imagine going through treatment numerous times but not being able to stop using. Imagine deciding not to use and doing everything you possibly can to stop using but relapsing despite all your efforts. If this sums up your situation or If this story keeps repeating in your journey of recovery from substance use disorder, then chances are you might be suffering from substance use disorder together with another disorder or comorbidity.

Does an Adapted Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Training Programme Result in Positive Outcomes for Participants with a Dual Diagnosis? A Mixed Methods Study

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Flynn et al. Addict Sci Clin Pract (2019) 14:28 https://doi.org/10.1186/s13722-019-0156-2
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Background

Treating severe emotional dysregulation and co-occurring substance misuse is challenging. Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive and evidence-based treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD).

Prevention and Treatment of Opioid Misuse and Addiction

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JAMA Psychiatry. 2019;76(2):208-216. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2018.3126
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This paper provides many pieces of research in the search for the most effective treatments for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). They touch on the effectiveness of Medication-Assisted Treatment. The authors also describe the most at-risk populations of OUD and the importance of recognizing the comorbidity of other disorders. 

Reducing Barriers to Trauma Inquiry in SUD Treatment

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https://substanceabusepolicy.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13011-019-0211-8
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Despite the high rate of traumatic events in clients with substance use disorders, trauma exposure often remains undetected in a majority of treatment-seeking clients. Improving health professionals’ knowledge and skills in the inquiry of traumatic events is therefore of utmost importance for appropriately addressing trauma-related treatment needs.

Reducing Barriers to Trauma Inquiry in Substance Use Disorder Treatment – A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial

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Lotzin et al. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy (2019) 14:23 https://doi.org/10.1186/s13011-019-0211-8
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Background

Despite the high rate of traumatic events in clients with substance use disorders, trauma exposure often remains undetected in a majority of treatment-seeking clients.