Panel Calls for Integrated Care, Physician Training to Combat Rising Mental Health and Addiction Epidemic

Integrating primary care with behavioral health services, improving provider training on mental health, and policy changes were all noted as strategies to combat the rising mental health and substance abuse epidemic during a keynote session at AHIP 2022. In combating the mental health and substance abuse epidemic, evidence has shown that the integration of behavioral … Read more

Employees have stigma around addiction

The stigma around drug and alcohol addiction is, for many, an insurmountable hurdle on the journey to sobriety. While more than 20 million people are dealing with a substance use disorder, the stigma around addiction remains pervasive. According to a study by a non-profit Shatterproof and insurance company The Hartford, 75% do not think addiction … Read more

Psychiatrists Add Mental Health Diagnosis| US News

Grief is a natural response to losing a loved one that often causes intense yearning, longing and preoccupation with the person who died, along with sadness, anger, anxiety and loneliness. Over time, grief changes and usually subsides with support of family and friends. (Getty Images) While grief and mourning are common rituals after losing someone, … Read more

How much sleep do I need? Older adults should get seven hours a night, study finds

Many older people seemingly need less sleep than they did when they were younger. But the idea that people need less sleep as they age is a myth, research suggests, even if your parents or grandparents only may be clocking about five hours of sleep a night. In a new study, scientists calculated the ideal … Read more

Cognitive deficit in COVID-19 survivors is equivalent to 20 years of aging

Cognitive impairment as a result of severe COVID-19 is similar to that sustained between 50 and 70 years of age and is the equivalent to losing 10 IQ points, say a team of scientists from the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London. The findings, published in the journal eClinicalMedicine, emerging from the NIHR COVID-19 … Read more

Army Sued Over Discharges of Soldiers With Addiction Issues | US News®

By DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The US Army is violating veterans’ rights, its own regulations and the Constitution by refusing to give soldiers with alcohol and drug use disorders honorable discharges that would qualify them for federal benefits, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday. Army veteran Mark Stevenson, with help from … Read more

Mental Health Startup Journey Colab Aims To Develop Mescaline As An FDA-Approved Treatment For Alcohol Use Disorder

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) has increased during the Covid-19 pandemic Conventional therapies for AUD have limited effectiveness in ensuring long-term remission and harm reduction Journey Colab will test mescaline, a long-acting psychedelic found in peyote, as an adjuvant to conventional treatments for AUD Journey Colab gives co-founder equity to the Indigenous communities that inspire its … Read more

WELLNESS: Gambling and stress: A two-way street | Lifestyles

Stress Awareness Month in April reminds us to pay attention to our health. Experts have shown that stress can have a dramatic impact on us mentally and physically. A variety of factors can relate to stress, and we’re familiar with many of them: our jobs, our relationships, our finances. One that might not come to … Read more

Colorado’s fentanyl bill will force more people into treatment. Treatment providers may not be ready

Over the course of a single day, as many as 600 people may filter through this office, including perhaps a half-dozen new patients. “It’s just nonstop,” said Diana Warrilow, lead behavioral technician for the clinic. “I wear my running shoes — it’s constantly ‘Go, go, go.’” It may soon get even busier. A proposed new … Read more