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Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What To Ask

Offers guidance in seeking drug abuse treatment and lists five questions to ask when searching for a treatment program.

Published: December 2011
Revised: June 2013

Addiction Science and Clinical Practice: Volume 6, Number 1

Presents current knowledge on a variety of addiction issues, including nicotine’s effects on brain function, inhalant abuse, and maternal tobacco use and its effects on children. Also discusses genetically based research and treatment and a classroom behavior management method called the "Good Behavior Game."

Published: July 2011

Medical and Health Professionals

NIDA Director Nora Volkow

February 2007

I am pleased to introduce NIDAMED. NIDA's new initiative to provide the medical community with drug abuse-related resources to enhance patient care. Designed with the demands of modern clinical practice in mind, these research-based, drug-use screening tools and resources are intended to help you screen patients efficiently and conduct the followup steps necessary to provide the best in medical care.

The importance of screening your patients for drug use cannot be underestimated:

Addiction Science and Clinical Practice: Volume 5, Number 1

Features recent research on drug abuse and criminal justice, including interventions to promote successful re-entry, nutrition issues for HIV-infected drug abusers, and recovery-oriented systems of care.

Published: April 2009

Addiction Science and Clinical Practice: Volume 5, Number 2

Reports on the cognitive effects of addiction, potential genetic influences, strategies for training counselors, cost evaluation of evidence-based treatments, and a trial underway on brief strategic family therapy.

Published: December 2010

Community Monitoring Systems: Tracking and Improving the Well-Being of America's Children and Adolescents

Describes community systems that monitor the well-being of children and adolescents and lists recommendations that define the next steps for creating and mentoring effective community monitoring systems.

Published: September 2007

Assessing Drug Abuse Within and Across Communities

Provides guidelines for establishing epidemiology networks to monitor and assess drug abuse patterns and trends and emerging drug problems at community and State levels.

Published: September 2006

Letter from the Director

The abuse of methamphetamine—a potent and highly addictive stimulant—remains an extremely serious problem in the United States. According to data from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), over 12 million people (4.7 percent of the population) have tried methamphetamine at least once. NSDUH also reports that approximately 1.2 million people used methamphetamine in the year leading up to the survey.

Letter from the Director

The so-called "club drug" MDMA continues to be used by millions of Americans across the country, despite evidence of its potential harmful effects. 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, or ecstasy) has gained a deceptive reputation as a "safe" drug among its users. This illegal drug, which has both stimulant and psychedelic properties, is often taken for the feelings of well-being, stimulation, and the distortions in time and sensory perceptions that it produces.

Talking to Patients About Sensitive Topics: Communication and Screening Techniques for Increasing the Reliability of Patient Self-Report

Summary

Explores communication techniques that decrease patient and physician anxiety and increase the accuracy and specificity of patient reporting about sensitive topics, such as substance abuse and partner violence.

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