The rigors of medical training sharpen a doctor’s ability to diagnose and treat a wide variety of human afflictions. However, drug abuse and addiction are often insufficiently covered in medical school curricula, despite the fact that drug use affects a wide range of health conditions and drug abuse and addiction are themselves major public health issues. To improve drug abuse and addiction training of future physicians, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, unveiled (on Nov. 6, 2009) a series of new teaching tools, through its Centers of Excellence for Physician Information Program (NIDA CoEs), at the Association of American Medical Colleges 2009 Annual Meeting’s "Innovations in Medical Education" Exhibit in Boston.
Powerpoint presentation on how to use NIAAA clinician's guides. Download the 18 MB Powerpoint presentation from the NIAAA website.
For the clinician interested in the relationship between AA participation and long term recovery. A study of more than 2000 alcoholic males 1 and 2 years post treatment. Findings are consistent with the hypothesis that AA participation has a positive effect on alcohol-related outcomes. Available (for purchase) as a PDF from the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. J Consult Clin Psychol 2003; 71(2):302-308.
An easy to read presentation of a talk given by Nora Volkow, MD, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in 2005. She addresses neurochemical changes in people who are addicted and questions the relative contributions of chronic drug exposure, effects of genes that predispose persons to become addicted and/or effects of the environment that facilitate the translation of addiction. Read it online at the Psychiatric Times website.Psychiatric Times May 2005; XXII (2).