New Online CEU Courses – Quantum Units Education

NEW QUANTUM LOGOQuantum Units Education has added several new online CEU Courses to their curriculum

Effective Communication for Program Success

This course covers the most effective way to make requests and offers so others know exactly what you are asking for, how people can respond to requests in ways that create strong commitments, and how people can manage commitments so that work gets done efficiently. By using the language and process offered in this course individuals and organizations can increase both program success and personal well-being.

Cultural Elements in Treating Addiction in Latino Populations

This course is based upon a guide that was written for counselors treating clients from Latino cultures. It’s purpose is to help counselors and therapists improve their skills in response to treatment challenges working with Latinos. The approach taken is to highlight key similarities and differences in cultural beliefs, attitudes and practices commonly seen among Latino clients.

Managing Chronic Pain in Substance Abusing Clients

Chronic noncancer pain (CNCP) is common in the general population as well as in people who have substance use disorder (SUD). This course is directed at primary care providers who treat or are likely to treat adults patients with or in recovery from SUDs who present with chronic noncancer pain (CNCP).

Measuring Employee Performance

Guidelines are provided for writing performance elements and standards and maximizing the capability of performance plans for focusing employee efforts on achieving organizational and group goals.

For these new course and many more, visit Quantum Units Education

Beedie Savage – President of Quantum Units Education

More Women Could Receive Addiction Treatment Under Health Reform: Expert

The number of women receiving treatment for substance use disorders could rise under changes that will be implemented as part of health care reform, according to an expert at UCLA.

Christine Grella, PhD, Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, says some aspects of the Affordable Care Act are likely to make it easier for women to access care.

She spoke about the implications of health care reform for addiction treatment for women at the recent American Psychological Association annual meeting.

Dr. Grella noted that men are about twice as likely as women to report having a substance use disorder. A higher proportion of men – 30.5 percent – with current substance dependence seek some kind of help, compared with 24 percent of women.

Women are likely to cite lack of insurance, as well as social stigma, as barriers to addiction treatment, Dr. Grella said. While men cite these barriers too, they are disproportionately influential in women.

Full story of addiction treatment under health reform at DrugFree.org

Beedie Savage – President of Quantum Units Education

Addiction: The disease that lies

Anytime I hear about a death that may be linked to addiction, I am reminded that this is a misunderstood and deadly disease. Deaths caused by addiction have risen astronomically in the past decade. Drug overdose is now the No.1 cause of accidental death in the United States; more common than death by car accidents.

“Glee” actor Cory Monteith, who was found dead at a Vancouver hotel on Saturday, had said that he struggled with substance abuse since his teenage years. The cause of his death is not yet known; medical examiners were set to perform an autopsy Monday.

Whenever someone with addiction dies, I grieve the lost potential and wonder about the limitations of our ability to address this cunning, baffling and powerful disease.

I am also humbled by my own experience with addiction and recovery, and grateful for the help I received.

It seems nearly impossible to believe that people with addiction would continue to use drugs and alcohol to the point of death, but that is what people with addiction do: They deny both the consequences and the risks of using. As we continue to learn about addiction, we’re understanding more about why addicted people behave the way they do. But that’s little solace for friends and family.

Full story about addiction and abuse at CNN Health

Beedie Savage – President of Quantum Units Education

California Legislators Debate Whether to Include E-cigarettes in Smoking Bans

California lawmakers are debating whether to include e-cigarettes in bans on smoking in public places, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The state has outlawed cigarette smoking in most public places. The California Senate recently approved a bill that would ban e-cigarettes from every place smoking is already banned. The state Assembly has not yet taken up the measure.

E-cigarettes are designed to deliver nicotine in the form of a vapor, which is inhaled by the user. They usually have a rechargeable, battery-operated heating element, a replaceable cartridge with nicotine or other chemicals and a device called an atomizer that converts the contents of the cartridge into a vapor when heated. E-cigarettes often are made to look like regular cigarettes.

People who use e-cigarettes object to prohibitions on the devices in public spaces, arguing they don’t emit smoke. They inhale and exhale vapor that contains flavored liquid nicotine. Proponents of the ban on using e-cigarettes in public say the effects of the devices and their vapor are still untested and unknown.

Full story of e-cigarette smoking ban at DrugFree.org

Beedie Savage – President of Quantum Units Education

Missing Enzyme Linked to Drug Addiction

A missing brain enzyme increases concentrations of a protein related to pain-killer addiction, according to an animal study.

The results will be presented Monday at The Endocrine Society’s 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Opioids are pain-killing drugs, derived from the opium plant, which block signals of pain between nerves in the body. They are manufactured in prescription medications like morphine and codeine, and also are found in some illegal drugs, like heroin. Both legal and illegal opioids can be highly addictive.

In addition to the synthetic opioids, natural opioids are produced by the body. Most people have heard of the so-called feel-good endorphins, which are opioid-like proteins produced by various organs in the body in response to certain activities, like exercise.

Drug addiction occurs, in part, because opioid-containing drugs alter the brain’s biochemical balance of naturally produced opioids. Nationwide, drug abuse of opioid-containing prescription drugs is skyrocketing, and researchers are trying to identify the risk factors that differentiate people who get addicted from those who do not.

Full story of enzyme linked to drug addiction at Science Daily

Beedie Savage – President of Quantum Units Education