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From Alcohol Abuse to Dependency

NIH study finds chronic alcohol use shifts brain’s control of behavior Chronic alcohol exposure leads to brain adaptations that shift behavior control away from an area of the brain involved in complex decision-making and toward a region associated with habit formation, according to a new study conducted in mice by scientists at the National Institutes […]

Alternative Sentencing Option for Los Angeles and Orange County drug offenders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Andrew Martin President Serene Center, Inc. Tel 562.366.3557 x.210 Fax 562.366.3586 andrew@serenecenter.com www.serenecenter.com  Serene Center and Twin Town Treatment Centers form alliance for Alternative Sentencing Alternative sentencing is an effective method of diverting criminal violators who suffer from alcohol and drug dependence into programs designed for the rehabilitation and treatment of […]

Does Science Show What 12 Steps Know?

Jarret Liotta for National Geographic Published August 9, 2013 Science has never revealed as much about addiction—potential genetic causes, influences, and triggers, and the resultant brain activity—or offered as many opportunities and methods for initial treatment as it does now. Even so, the grassroots 12-step program remains the preferred prescription for achieving long-term sobriety. Since […]

Pain Management and Addiction

Pain Management and Addiction Studies indicate that chronic pain and substance use disorders (SUDs) frequently co-occur (Chelminski et al., 2005; Rosenblum et al., 2003; Savage, Kirsh, & Passik, 2008); as such, addiction counselors who are knowledgeable about pain issues can provide better care for clients challenged by the need for assistance with pain control as […]

California Fines Kaiser $4M Over Violations of Mental Health Laws

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 On Tuesday, the California Department of Managed Health Care fined the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan $4 million for failing to correct violations of mental health laws, Modern Healthcare reports. The health plan is part of Kaiser Permanente’s integrated health care delivery system (Carlson, Modern Healthcare, 6/25). The fine is the second-largest […]

Lawmakers Want State Medical Board To Mine CURES Data

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Lawmakers Want State Medical Board To Mine CURES Data At a Joint Oversight Hearing of the state Legislature on Monday, lawmakers said that the Medical Board of California should mine data from a statewide prescription drug database to identify physicians who overprescribe medications, the Los Angeles Times reports (Girion/Glover, Los Angeles […]