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Periodic, Telephone-Based Assessment and Counseling Helps Stable Individuals With Alcohol or Cocaine Dependence Avoid Relapses 6/18/2014
Experienced substance abuse counselors offer periodic, telephone-based assessment and counseling to individuals who have attained initial stability in alcohol and/or cocaine dependence, leading to comparable and in some cases better outcomes than traditional, more time-consuming face-to-face interventions.
Remote Screening, Diagnosis, and Guidance Improves the Ability of Primary Care Practices to Detect and Arrange Treatment for Mental Health Problems 6/4/2014
A mental health clinical assessment service provides remote (telephone-based) screening, diagnosis, and clinical guidance for patients seen in primary care practices who have or are suspected of having mental health or substance abuse problems.
Worksite Program Provides Strategies for Handling Stress, Reducing Problem Drinking and Psychological Symptoms 2/12/2014
A 16-week workplace intervention teaches those struggling with substance abuse and related psychological issues to avoid negative substance use patterns while coping with work and family stress. The program has led to increased use of positive coping strategies, reduced use of avoidance coping and problem drinking, and fewer psychological symptoms, including depression, anxiety, and somatic complaints.
Care “Pathway” Connects Pregnant Substance Abusers to Medical and Other Services, Supporting  Birth of Babies with Viable Weights Who Are Free of Illicit Substances 11/20/2013
A care “pathway” helps pregnant substance abusers obtain health insurance, obstetrics care, substance abuse counseling, and other services, allowing the vast majority of these women to give birth to babies with viable birth weight who are free of illicit substances.
Emergency Department Screening Identifies Many Patients With Possible Eating Disorders, Suggesting Potential to Facilitate Earlier Diagnosis and Connection to Treatment 11/20/2013
A five-question electronic survey given to emergency department patients identifies a high proportion with potential eating disorders, suggesting the potential for the emergency department to be an effective venue for early diagnosis and connections to community-based treatment and support.
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Assessing Alcohol Problems: A Guide for Clinicians and Researchers, Second Edition 6/6/2012
This 296-page guide is designed to help clinicians and researchers understand the critical issues involved in formally evaluating alcohol treatment and planning treatment for individuals and to select the assessment instruments best suited to their purposes.
A Call to Action: Changing the Culture of Drinking at U.S. Colleges 2/10/2010
This 66-page report describes the new understanding of dangerous drinking behavior by college students and its consequences for both drinkers and nondrinkers. It offers a simple framework aimed at changing the culture of drinking on college campuses. It addresses three primary constituencies: (1) individuals, including at-risk or alcohol-dependent drinkers; (2) the student population as a whole; and (3) the college and its surrounding community.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Publications: Screening Tests 5/12/2008
These screening instruments can aid clinicians and others in identifying patients with alcohol problems.
What Peer Educators and Resident Advisors (RAs) Need to Know About College Drinking 5/12/2008
This brochure for college peer educators and resident advisors was developed to help them understand the extent of the problem of college drinking, speak knowledgeably about it, and be proactive in taking steps to address it at their schools.
Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines 5/5/2008
This 11-page brochure for consumers addresses the harmful effects of drinking while taking certain medicines.
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