Treatment of Middle-of-the-Night Insomnia

Intermittent or middle-of-the-night (MOTN) insomnia afflicts 10-40% of adults in the US population. It is characterized by nocturnal awakenings with difficulty in returning to sleep afterwards. Patients report a variety of causes for these awakenings, but objectively, 90% of clinically significant awakenings are preceded by an episode of altered breathing…

Alcoholism, Alcohol Misuse, and Alcohol Dependence

By Jeyashree Sundaram, MBA Drinking alcohol is a culturally accepted practice in many families and traditions worldwide. The terms alcoholism, alcohol misuse, and alcohol dependence all relate to the serious problem of excessive drinking that leads to negative health and social implications. Chemically termed as ethanol, alcohol has been in…

Pandemic is changing addiction care, for better and worse

(HealthDay)—The COVID-19 pandemic is shaking up America’s approach to addiction treatment, but the fallout hasn’t been all bad, experts say. In-person support meetings either aren’t happening or have been severely curtailed, and addiction centers are facing financial ruin because folks are too afraid of the coronavirus to seek treatment. But…

Federal addiction treatment dollars off-limits for marijuana

The U.S. government is barring federal dollars meant for opioid addiction treatment to be used on medical marijuana. The move is aimed at states that allow marijuana for medical uses, particularly those letting patients with opioid addiction use pot as a treatment, said Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, whose federal agency doles…