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Table of Contents
  • Internet-delivered treatment for substance abuse: A multisite randomized controlled trial
  • The science of workplace morale
  • Breakthroughs could lead to 'powerful treatment for depression'
  • UK employers identify stress, mental health as 'major' absence triggers
  • Application period for new EACC Commissioners ends May 5
  • HHS leaders call for expanded use of medications to combat opioid overdose epidemic
  • New study: Altruistic adolescents less likely to become depressed
  • Trauma happens, so what can we do about it?
  • Growing number consider drug abuse a health issue, not crime
  • Mindfulness therapy may help prevent substance-abuse relapse in long term

  • Internet-delivered treatment for substance abuse: A multisite randomized controlled trial
    The American Journal of Psychiatry
    Computer-delivered interventions have the potential to improve access to quality addiction treatment care. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Therapeutic Education System, an Internet-delivered behavioral intervention that includes motivational incentives, as a clinician-extender in the treatment of substance use disorders.
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    The science of workplace morale
    Forbes
    "Relationships are the medium through which the best work gets done," says John Gaspari, a licensed clinical worker in Los Angeles who advises large organizations about employee morale and workplace issues. And he's clear about the impact of emotions on relationships, and thus, on the ability of people to do their best work.
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    Breakthroughs could lead to 'powerful treatment for depression'
    Medical News Today
    Investigators from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center say they have made important breakthroughs in the field of depression. The researchers, including Dr. Jeffrey Zigman, associate professor of internal medicine and psychiatry at UT Southwestern, say they have uncovered an important mechanism by which ghrelin — a natural antidepressant hormone — works inside the brain.
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    UK employers identify stress, mental health as 'major' absence triggers
    Workplace Savings and Benefits
    Almost half (45 percent) of U.K. employers considered stress and mental illness a major cause of long-term employee absence, according to research. Group Risk Development, the trade body for the group risk industry, surveyed 500 U.K. businesses and 1,000 employees. The organization's research found a quarter (25 percent) of employers also said stress and mental health were major causes of short-term absence.
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    Application period for new EACC Commissioners ends May 5
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    The Employee Assistance Certification Commission is seeking qualified applicants to serve on the Commission for three-year terms beginning at EAPA's 2014 World EAP Conference in September. Applications must be received by June 3. The EACC is the credentialing governance body responsible for establishing and upholding the standards, policies and procedures for the Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP®) credential. Commissioner travel, hotel and meals associated with attendance at face-to-face EACC meetings are reimbursed by EAPA. Applicants must be current CEAPs and members of EAPA. For more information and to submit a nomination, click here.
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    HHS leaders call for expanded use of medications to combat opioid overdose epidemic
    National Institutes of Health
    A national response to the epidemic of prescription opioid overdose deaths was outlined in the New England Journal of Medicine by leaders of agencies in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The commentary calls upon health care providers to expand their use of medications to treat opioid addiction and reduce overdose deaths, and describes a number of misperceptions that have limited access to these potentially life-saving medications.
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    New study: Altruistic adolescents less likely to become depressed
    University of Illinois
    A recent study found that 15- and 16-year-olds who find pleasure in pro-social activities, such as giving their money to family members, are less likely to become depressed than those who get a bigger thrill from taking risks or keeping the money for themselves. The researchers detail their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study focused on the ventral striatum, a brain region that regulates feelings of pleasure in response to rewards.
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    Trauma happens, so what can we do about it?
    Oxford University Press
    Whenever a tragic event grabs headlines and non-stop media coverage, generous offers support and resources start flooding in. For personal traumas, the situation is different; survivors often suffer in silence as they try to find a way to a livable future alone. Research that offers insight into trauma’s effects can help us better understand the challenges people face. Efforts to promote public awareness of trauma and recovery offer a genuine benefit.
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    Growing number consider drug abuse a health issue, not crime
    Pacific Standard
    According to a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, today just over two-thirds of the public believe the government should focus less on prosecution and more on providing treatment for people who abuse substances such as cocaine and heroin. By reframing the issue as a health problem, Americans appear to finally be moving in the direction many other countries have been for quite some time.
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    Mindfulness therapy may help prevent substance-abuse relapse in long term
    Psychiatric News
    With relapse common following substance abuse treatment, the authors of a new study state that there is an urgent need for effective aftercare interventions. They found that cognitive-behavioral relapse prevention and mindfulness-based relapse prevention are both effective aftercare interventions following substance abuse treatment, but that the latter may have a more enduring effect.
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