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Pharmacotherapy for Substance Abuse

Treating substance abuse is difficult whether the patient is young or old. Although one might hope that the shorter period of abuse seen in teens would make the disorder less entrenched, the data shows otherwise: addiction is a stubborn disorder with a long term, relapsing, and remitting course.

New Drugs, Legal Highs, and Big Risks: A Review of Novel Intoxicants

Substance Abuse - The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report

Popular among individuals seeking to avoid social and legal consequences of drug use, a bewildering array of synthetic intoxicants and formerly obscure ethnobotanicals have surged to prominence in the past decade.

Research Update

Mid-Teens Is Peak Age for Prescription Drug Abuse

It’s been a growing trend for quite some time now for teens to abuse prescription drugs such as pain relievers and stimulants for recreational use.

Is Frequency a Good Indicator of Problem Drinking in Adolescents?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends healthcare providers routinely screen all adolescents for alcohol use and related problems. But how can clinicians easily and effectively determine if adolescent patients have a problem with alcohol?

Medication Fact Sheet

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FDA-Approved Medications to Treat Addiction [Free Article]

Alcoholism - The Carlat Behavioral Health Report (TCRBH)

As with other mental disorders, treatment of addiction is a “both/and” rather than “either/or” proposition. In other words, clients can benefit from both psychological therapies and pharmacotherapies.