Volume 4 Issue 2
Improving Treatment of Alcoholism by Using Evidence-based Practices and Computer-assisted Game-like Programs
Larry D. Reid*
The idea is developed that computer-assisted game-like programs are a reasonable next step toward improving the treatment of alcoholism. Such programs are apt to be useful in rehabilitating the cognitive processes reduced by sustained intake of toxic amounts of ethanol and in counterconditioning the unconscious cues sustaining the habit of drinking alcoholic beverages. The evidence indicates that it is likely that prescribing naltrexone will facilitate psychotherapy for alcoholism, including practices useful in rehabilitating diminished cognitive ability.
Alcohol and Other Determinants of Non-Medical Use of Prescription Medications among Latinas: A Six Year Follow Up
Patria Rojas* PhD, Hui Huang PhD, Tan Li PhD, Mariana Sanchez PhD, Frank Dillon PhD, Mario De La Rosa PhD
Latinos are the fastest growing racial/ethnic minority population in the United States. This rate of growth exacerbates the increasing problem of substance abuse among Latina women, who experience disparate negative consequences from substance use disorders, including incarceration, homelessness, and medical ailments. This study examines risk factors associated with non-medical prescription sedative use (NPSU) among adult Latina mothers and daughters enrolled in a longitudinal study examining intergenerational transmission of drug use and sexual risky behaviors. Our study’s theoretical model is multidimensional, and we examined the relationship between variables at each dimension of acculturation and NPSU.