Journal of Addictive Behaviors Therapy & Rehabilitation
Editor-in-chief: Peter R. Martin, MD
Vanderbilt University, USA
The Journal of Addictive Behaviors, Therapy & Rehabilitation (JABTR) promotes rigorous research that makes a significant contribution in advancing knowledge for Addiction Therapy. The journal includes all major themes pertaining to Substance dependence and Behavioral addiction.
JABTR is lead by scientists throughout the world and provides the editors with expert refereeing, ensuring the high quality of articles published in the Journal. It invites the reports of theoretically informed and empirically grounded research which focuses on important issues related to the fields of Addictive behaviors and Substance abuse. Articles submitted by authors are evaluated by a group of peer review experts in the field, and ensures that the published articles are of high quality, reflect solid scholarship in their fields, and that the information they contain is accurate and reliable.
High School Teacher’s Knowledge on the Effects of Marijuana on the Adolescent Brain: A Pilot Study
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in 2009, 28.5 million Americans aged 12 and older reported abuse of marijuana. The effects of such marijuana use range from health consequences to abnormal brain development. Research has also shown that adolescents spend the majority of their time in school, and this environment becomes an essential part of their learning. Due to the potential influence teachers have on their adolescent students, it becomes essential for them to have the knowledge about substance abuse and its harmful effects. The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of an educational brochure designed to increase teacher knowledge of the effects of marijuana on the adolescent brain. Results from the overall score showed an increase in the means from pre-test (9.53) to post-test (15.67) which can be interpreted as an increase of knowledge about the effects of marijuana on the adolescent brain. The implications of this study support educating teachers about the impact and symptoms of youth marijuana abuse.
Early deduction of individuals with substance misuse is growing in many primary care centers. Program such as the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) offers a way to identify these individuals and prevent problematic use before more severe consequences occur. This paper shares how in 2011 a primary care clinic in the Midwest implemented a SBIRT program within their practices screening 5230 patients for substance misuse.
Get Ready for the Boom: Why Rehabilitation Professionals Should Expect to See More Older Adults with Addiction Related Disorders and what Needs to be Done to be Prepared to Serve them Well
Due to the large number of individuals in the emerging cohort of older adults in the United States, known as the Baby Boom generation, rehabilitation professionals from all disciplines should expect to deal frequently with older individuals in the upcoming years; therefore, professionals in such fields should be equipped with the knowledge and skills to successfully care for the needs of this growing population. The purpose of this article is to outline some of the key differences between the current cohort of older adults and the emerging cohort of older adults in regards to their use of addictive substances and their willingness to seek help for addiction related issues. Additionally, the researchers outline some of the key issues and needed competencies for rehabilitation professionals to be able to provide quality services to this growing population of consumers.
Former Soviet Union Immigrant Illicit Drug Use in Israel (1989-2010): Implications for Prevention and Treatment Policy
Background: Since 1989, former Soviet Union (FSU) emigration policy allowed millions of people to exit to western countries. Method: This study examined FSU immigrants and their impact on Israeli illicit drug problems reported by police using a method of exploration and estimation suggested by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Result: Findings show the country’s illicit drug related police reports from 1989 to 2010 largely attributed to FSU immigrants. Conclusion: Many FSU immigrants have contributed to the country’s growth and development. However, others have cost the country to allocate limited resources to address their drug related criminal activity as well as prevention and treatment services. Further research is needed to validate these findings and to understand the advantages and disadvantages of large scale immigration policy to the absorbing nation.