APA Blog

Category : Addiction

Addressing Opioid and Alcohol Use in Primary Care

The U.S. is facing significant problems with misuse of alcohol and opioid drugs, creating devastating impacts not only for individuals, but for their families and communities. One major challenge is access to effective treatment. A new study concludes that treatment for opioid and alcohol use disorders can effectively be integrated into primary care using collaborative care.

Quitting Smoking: Still a Major Challenge for People with Mental Illness

Cigarette smoking has remained “alarmingly high” among individuals with mental illness, and the disparity of smoking rates between those with and without mental illness is growing, according to a new study published in Psychiatric Services.

Telepsychiatry: Advances and Challenges

The use of telepsychiatry is increasing in the primary care settings, including pediatrician’s offices, and in schools where psychiatrists or other mental health professionals can collaborate with teachers and other school staff.

Losing a Sibling to Suicide

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time for mental health advocates and professionals, survivors, allies and community members to raise awareness, share resources and work to prevent suicide.

National Recovery Month 2017: Focusing on Access to Care in Rural Areas

September is National Recovery Month, sponsored annually by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Recovery Month is intended to raise awareness of mental health and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.