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The Divided Self

Navigating conflicting preferences, our own and those of others We sometimes behave as if we had two selves, one who wants healthy lungs and another who enjoys smoking; one who desires to improve himself by studying hard and another would rather watch TV or socialize. These two selves are in continual contest for control: indulgence […]

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Bringing New Treatment Options to Homeless Clients

SMART Recovery bolsters those who often feel powerless, says local outreach counselor I work at a homeless drop-in center in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. I spend my days interacting with people who embody our society’s suffering and trying to think of new ways to help them through this suffering. Acute mental illness, severe addiction issues and debilitating physical ailments […]

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We’re Two Today!

Celebrating IRETA Blog’s birthday (Downside: no cupcakes. Upside: no noisemakers.) Hello, friends!  Welcome to our second birthday party. Thanks for being here today and (perhaps) on other days over the past two years.  How the time does fly. We are the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA).  Established in 1999, IRETA works toward the […]

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Updates on a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in Pennsylvania

Tracking progress on our home state’s efforts to modernize our PDMP Editor’s note: As information related to PA’s PDMP becomes available, we are sharing it on the IRETA Blog.  This post will be updated frequently.  Feel free to email relevant news and information to jessica@ireta.org.   Recent news In state, data-sharing prescription drug legislation stalls […]

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The scarlet letter A, this time for addiction

Patients want to trust that their physicians aren’t judging them or talking about them behind their backs Getting the opportunity to come back to Pittsburgh after four years of undergraduate work there was incredible. The city has come so far;  it’s slowly growing into one of the more popular destinations in the nation and I […]

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Hospital SBIRT: The Reasons

Are you trying to make the case for the use of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment in a hospital setting? Maybe we can help. Last year, we released a one page snapshot on the six R’s that support the use of SBIRT in hospitals. What are those R’s? Rules, Reimbursement, Reform, Results, Retention, Resources. […]

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Using Behavioral Economics to Understand Addiction

Why might individuals behave in ways that are known to have dire consequences for their long-term health and happiness? Behavioral economics provides a framework to understand when and how people make mistakes. It’s a new field that blends psychology and economics and can provide valuable insights as to why individuals do not behave in their own best […]

8 Things Your PCP Should Know About SUDs

8 Things a Primary Care Doctor Should Know About Working with People with Substance Use Disorders

Your ongoing relationship with your patient makes you the ideal person to monitor substance use and refer to specialty treatment as needed The latest issue of The Bridge, an e-publication of the National Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, focused a very meaningful topic for us at IRETA: how can we get folks to actually do SBIRT? […]

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Hookah Use Growing Among Young Adults, Harms Underestimated

Risks, regulation, and popular images of smoking waterpipes Pro-tobacco forces have taken repetitive and expensive hits in the past several decades. While nearly 45 percent of Americans smoked cigarettes in the 1950s, only 18.1 percent do today. In post-Bloomberg New York City, cigarettes are taxed at 75 percent. Now hookah, after years of hiding in dark and […]

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Infographic: Why Mainstream Healthcare Can’t Ignore Substance Use

We cannot ignore the role that substances play in physical and behavioral health. As such, we need to have the broadest approach to substance use possible, which means addressing substances in all facets of society, especially medical care settings. Addressing substance use in medical care settings is part of health promotion, prevention, and early intervention. Solutions: […]

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