Doctors Say “Marijuana Addiction Rare but Real”

Dr. Stalcup and Dr. Galloway are quoted in this recent article that discusses the addictive qualities of marijuana and those at risk for becoming addicted.

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New Leaf Overdose Prevention Kits Featured in SF Chronicle

Check out our most recent press coverage in the SF Chronicle!  New Leaf now offers Overdose Prevention Kits and is available to provide Naloxone Administration training.


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New Leaf Publishes Research on Meth Addiction Intervention

New Leaf was currently published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs for research which analysed the effectiveness of text messaging as a Meth Addiction Intervention. The article can be accessed here.

The abstract of the article is included below..

“Psychosocial treatments for methamphetamine dependence are of limited effectiveness.
Thus, a significant need exists for add-on therapy for this substance user disorder. The aim of this study
was to develop and test a novel text messaging intervention for use as an adjunct to cognitive behavioral
group therapy for methamphetamine users. Text messaging has the potential to support patients in
real-time, around the clock. We convened two meetings of an expert panel, held three focus groups in
current and former users, and conducted 15 semi-structured interviews with in-treatment users in order
to develop a fully automated, cognitive behavioral therapy-based text messaging intervention.We then
conducted a randomized, crossover pre-test in five users seeking treatment. Participants’ ratings of
ease of use and functionality of the system were high. During the pre-test, we performed real-time
assessments via text messaging on daily methamphetamine use, craving levels, and the perceived usefulness
of messages; 79% of scheduled assessments were collected. The odds of messages being rated
as “very” or “extremely” useful were 6.6 times (95% CI: 2.2, 19.4) higher in the active vs. placebo
periods. The intervention is now ready for testing in randomized clinical trials.”

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Hangovers and Risk of Alcoholism

Dr. Galloway, our Executive and Research Director, was quoted extensively in a story on Healthline about hangovers. In addition to discussing facts and myths about hangover remedies, Dr. Galloway pointed out that frequent hangovers may be a sign of excessive drinking and indicate a risk for developing alcoholism.


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New Leaf Welcomes John Mendelson M.D., Associate Medical Director

MendelsonJohn New Leaf is pleased to welcome John Mendelson, M.D. as our new Associate Medical Director. Dr. Mendelson is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco and has extensive experience developing medications for treating addictions to cocaine, methamphetamine, and opioids, including hydrocodone (Vicodin and others) and oxycodone (OxyContin and others).

We welcome the breadth and depth of experience that Dr. Mendelson brings to caring for our patients, with respect to both addiction medicine and also internal medicine.

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New Leaf Curriculum Recommended For California High Schools

A division of the California Department of Education, California Healthy Kids Resource Center (CHKRC), has completed its review of New Leaf Treatment Center’s Curriculum, The Neuroscience of Addiction, will now be available as a resource for educators in California schools. The CHKRC is funded by the California Department of Education and the California Department of Public Health. It maintains a comprehensive collection of peer-reviewed health education materials for teachers, administrators, university faculty, and other professionals who work with preschool through 12th grade students in school settings and after-school programs. The CHKRC materials are available for loan from the CHKRC library, with free delivery in California. (

The New Leaf Curriculum is used by schools, families, treatment programs, and correctional facilities nationwide. It provides answers for basic questions surrounding drugs and addiction that adolescents and adults should be able to answer: What is a drug? What are the risk factors for addiction? How can I know if someone is addicted? How can I stop? The New Leaf Curriculum teaches how to identify craving (desire to use drugs or alcohol) and how to manage craving (make it go away).

The New Leaf Curriculum targets adolescents and adults who are using, or at risk of using, drugs and alcohol. It is extremely accessible and breaks down challenging scientific concepts in order to make sense out of the troubling disease of addiction.

The New Leaf Model of Treatment focuses on craving by focusing on topics such as: the mechanisms of drugs, how drugs produce the disease of addiction, the risk factors for addiction, how to determine whether someone is moving towards addiction, and simple strategies to promote addiction resilience. A preview of the New Leaf Curriculum is accessible on the New Leaf Treatment Center website:

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