Recent research has shined a light on the potential adverse cognitive and health effects of disrupting the natural sleep cycle of teens, including an increased risk of obesity, depression, automobile accidents, and poor academic performance. Now, an emerging body of research is providing yet another reason to ensure that teens get enough sleep: the significant link between sleep patterns during middle and high school and the risk of substance use.
On October 1, 2014, CVS Health went tobacco free. This is a huge step forward when it comes to tobacco prevention. But it also brings to light the reality that the majority of tobacco sales take place at convenience stores, supermarkets, tobacco stores and beer, wine and liquor stores, not at drugstores. So while this change is monumental, we still have a lot of work to do when it comes to combating the tobacco epidemic at the point-of-sale.
A research team at CASAColumbia was recently awarded funding by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), to study the most effective ways to enhance healthcare outcomes among adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related behavioral problems, including substance use. The Buzz sat down with the project's principal investigator, Aaron Hogue, Ph.D., Director of Adolescent and Family Research, to discuss the new grant and learn more about why this research is so critically important.
CASAColumbia—in partnership with the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and North-Shore Long Island Jewish Health System—has implemented routine screening for substance use into seven health facilities in the New York region, including the new Lenox Hill HealthPlex emergency department. Now, patients age 18 and older who visit one of the participating health facilities will be asked several questions about their use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. If the patient’s answers indicate risky alcohol or drug use, they will be approached by a health coach during their visit.
Withdrawal can and should be managed professionally. There is no benefit to “toughing it out,” and failure to seek help for withdrawal can undermine addiction treatment.
It’s no secret that quitting smoking is difficult. While effective treatments (medications and counseling or other behavioral therapies known as smoking cessation treatments) can help smokers quit, cost can limit smokers’ use of these services.
Finding treatment for addiction is not a quick or easy process. CASAColumbia has developed a new step-by-step guide that simplifies the vast amount of information—and misinformation—about finding effective addiction treatment.
It’s no secret that addiction treatment is cost-prohibitive for many of the people that desperately need it. Learn how insurance coverage will be impacted by the new health care laws.
The start of a new year is a great time to make resolutions and aim to be a better, healthier person. We all know that eating well and exercising regularly are keys to a healthy and happy life, but what adjustments should you make when it comes to substance use?
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