Mar 6@11:25am: Washington state issued its first license to produce and process recreational marijuana this week. The grower who received the license says he expects to have marijuana plants ready to harvest within two months, Reuters reports. The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) issued the license to Sean Green, who will … The post First License to Produce, Process Recreational Marijuana Issued in Washington State appeared first on A... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Mar 6@11:24am: A group of former top health officials is urging tobacco companies to stop marketing and selling menthol cigarettes. The group includes all of the living former U.S. Secretaries of Health, Surgeons General, and Directors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The group, called the Citizens’ Commission to Protect … The post Former Health Officials Urge Tobacco Companies to Stop Selling Menthol Cigarettes appeared first on... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Mar 6@11:24am: A new survey of affluent women treated for alcohol and drug addiction finds prescription medication and heroin are their leading drugs of choice. The online survey of 102 former patients, conducted by Caron Treatment Centers, found many women surveyed said they cared for their children, had careers and volunteered during … The post Survey of Women Treated for Addiction Finds Many Used Prescription Drugs, Heroin appeared first on Alc... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Mar 6@11:24am: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is joining with libertarian Republicans, including Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, in opposing mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders. This political alliance may make it politically feasible to significantly liberalize sentencing laws, according to The New York Times. Libertarian-minded Republicans oppose long prison sentences … The post U.S. Attorney General and Republicans Join ... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Mar 5@11:39am: Statistics continue to paint a stark reminder about the devastating impact of prescription (Rx) drug abuse and diversion. Hydrocodone and other opioid analgesics were involved in about three of every four pharmaceutical overdose deaths in 2010, according to a February 2013 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. … The post Commentary: Rx Summit Focuses on National Collaboration appeared first on Alcoholism Substa... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Mar 5@11:39am: A growing number of teens are starting to use devices that are similar to e-cigarettes, with names such as ?hookah pens,? ?e-hookahs? or ?vape pens.? The devices are being marketed to avoid the stigma associated with smoking any kind of cigarette, The New York Times reports. The new devices are … The post New Products Similar to E-Cigarettes are Attracting Teens appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Mar 5@11:38am: Law enforcement officials are concerned about a potentially addictive drug called kratom, which is sold as a tea in head shops, according to USA Today. Young men are posting testimonials about the drug on YouTube, the article notes. Kratom is a tropical tree found in Southeast Asia. Its leaves are … The post Law Enforcement Concerned About Potentially Addictive Drug Kratom appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Mar 5@11:38am: A new study concludes the Affordable Care Act could give an estimated 4 million people who have spent time in U.S. jails better access to health care, including coverage for treating substance abuse and mental illness. While the law does not change health care access for people while they are … The post Improved Health Care for Jail Population Could Reduce Reincarceration: Study appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Mar 5@11:37am: Some TV stations in New Jersey aired the first medical marijuana ad this week. The ad, which aired on Comcast stations, compares medical marijuana to sushi, ABC News reports. An actor who plays a dealer says, ?Yo, you want sushi? I got sushi. I got the best sushi.? He opens … The post New Jersey TV Stations Air First Medical Marijuana Ad appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Mar 5@10:34am: One of the biggest myths about Molly?pure MDMA?is that it’s safer than other drugs. This belief is dangerous for two reasons: It’s not true. It’s impossible to know if you’re actually taking pure MDMA. Pure or Not, Molly Is Harmful Pure MDMA?meaning there are no other substances in it?is not … The post Is Pure MDMA Safer Than Other Drugs? appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Mar 4@11:43am: People who frequently abuse opioid painkillers are more likely to get the drugs from a doctor’s prescription or a dealer, rather than for free from family or friends, a new study finds. Almost one-third of people who use opioids between 200 and 365 days a year obtained the drugs from … The post Many People Who Often Abuse Painkillers Get Them from Doctors, Dealers appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Mar 4@11:41am: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died from taking a combination of drugs, including heroin and cocaine, according to the New York City Medical Examiner. Experts say tens of thousands of overdose deaths annually in the United States are due to a mix of drugs. In addition to heroin and cocaine, Hoffman … The post Philip Seymour Hoffman Died From Combination of Drugs: Medical Examiner appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Mar 4@11:40am: A new government report finds 42.5 million American adults, or 18.2 percent of the adult population, suffers from some form of mental illness. About 4 percent suffers serious mental illness that impedes day-to-day activities. The findings come from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Newsweek reports. The … The post 18 Percent of American Adults Have Mental Illness: Government Report appeared firs... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Mar 4@11:39am: A study of moderate drinkers ages 55 to 65 found those who drink large amounts less often have higher death rates, compared with those who drink small amounts more regularly. The researchers say most studies that examine the potential effects of moderate drinking generally focus on average levels of drinking, … The post Study Finds Increased Death Risk from Binge Drinking Among Older Moderate Drinkers appeared first on Alcoholism Su... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Feb 27@11:03am: Both supporters and critics of marijuana legalization see 2014 as a key year, which could either slow or hasten their efforts, The New York Times reports. More than half of states are considering decriminalizing marijuana, or legalizing it for medical or recreational use, the article notes. The two states considered … The post Supporters and Critics of Marijuana Legalization See 2014 as Key Year appeared first on Alcoholism Substanc... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Feb 27@11:02am: The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is cracking down in California on a potent marijuana product called ?wax,? according to ABC News. Wax is legal?and popular?in Colorado. Wax is a distillation of marijuana said to be so potent that a single hit will keep a person high for more than a … The post DEA Cracks Down on Potent Marijuana Product Called ?Wax? in California appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Feb 27@11:01am: A new study links teen indoor tanning with other risky health behaviors including use of illegal drugs, binge drinking and smoking. The findings come from a government survey of high school students, HealthDay reports. The survey found teens who tan indoors are likely to be concerned about their appearance, which … The post Teens Who Tan Indoors More Likely to Use Illegal Drugs, Binge Drink: Study appeared first on Alcoholism Substa... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Feb 27@11:00am: ?Study drugs? such as Vyvanse and Adderall are gaining popularity among Florida college students, even though area colleges have a zero-tolerance policy against students using medicines not prescribed for them. CBS Miami reports these drugs are easy to obtain and abuse. Vyvanse and Adderall are used to treat attention deficit … The post ?Study Drugs? Popular Among Florida College Students, Despite School Bans appeared first on Alcoh... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Feb 26@10:54am: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) are tremendous steps toward ensuring that all individuals can access substance abuse treatment. But the laws are not silver bullets that will close the treatment gap or help every individual who needs … The post Commentary: A Boon but No Silver Bullet: The ACA and Substance Abuse Treatment appeared first on Alcoholism ... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Feb 26@10:46am: ?I wanted to get clean. I knew that my highest potential, the place that I was most spiritual, the place that I was the most rich in terms of my life, and my livelihood, and my art and my creativity, was when I was sober.? GRAMMY-award winning artist Macklemore is … The post Macklemore Talks Drug Abuse, Addiction, and Recovery appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
How To Determine Where to Go To Drug Rehab
A Consumer's Guide to Drug and Alcohol Treatment
The addiction treatment industry has been flooded in recent years with countless drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers. There are so many drug rehabs to choose from that a person may become overwhelmed at the shear number of options out there. Not every treatment facility is the same, and some are worse than others, but there are a few things every consumer must know before making one of the most important decisions they will ever make for themselves or a loved one when choosing a drug rehab.
First, make sure that the drug rehab, or addiction treatment facility, is licensed and state certified. Most will be, but it is important to check. Almost all addiction treatment facilities will mention whether they are state certified and approved on their websites, and those that do not say that they are state licensed and certified on their websites should be suspect.
Second, make sure the addiction treatment facility has a continuum of care, from inpatient treatment to extended care treatment. It is the general consensus among researchers that the longer a person stays in a drug rehab, the better their chances are at staying sober for the rest of their lives. If the addiction treatment center only offers 30-days of treatment, then make sure they have extended care addiction treatment facilities that they refer their patients to after discharge.
Third, look at the staff! Go to the drug rehab's website and look at their staff. What are the staff's qualifications? Do they have psychologists, MFTs, and nurses on staff? Or, do they contract out for these services? There are many drug and alcohol treatment facilities that contract out for these professionals, and that's fine, but ask the treatment facility how often they are at the treatment facility and how involved the outside professionals are in a client's care and treatment planning. And remember that the cheaper the rehab the more the rehab will have to contract out for psychologists, psychiatrists, and MFTs.
Fourth, what is the drug rehab treatment philosophy? Do they use the 12-Step model of recovery or do they focus more on psychological treatment? The best treatment facilities will be heavily focused on the 12-Step method of treatment and incorporate other psychological philosophies to treat co-occurring psychological disorders. Also BEWARE of addiction treatment facilities that say they are dual diagnosis treatment centers but do not offer their clients weekly therapy from a trained psychologist or MFT. Furthermore, a dual diagnosis treatment facility should have psychologists/therapists on their full-time staff if they are truly a dual diagnosis addiction treatment facility. It's o.k. if the therapists or psychologists are in training (i.e., doing their internships at the facility) as long as they are there for more than 20 hours per week and participate in clinical staffing. The best treatment facilities will offer weekly therapy and include it in their pricing!
Fifth, when you call the addiction treatment facility to ask questions about their facility tell them about the other treatment facilities you are looking at and see what they say. If the person on the other end of the phone begins to badmouth another treatment facility in an effort to get you to go to their treatment facility, then that should send up some red flags as to the character of the drug rehab center doing the badmouthing. The reputable drug rehabs in the United States will talk well about each other and help you make the most informed decisions about where to send your loved one when it comes time to get them in to treatment.
Sixth, does the drug treatment facility offer gender separate treatment or gender specific treatment? How often are men's issues addressed while in treatment? How often are women's issues addressed while in treatment? There is a case to be made for male only and women only drug rehabs, but I have found that the most effective drug rehabs are ones that separate the genders in groups, living quarters, and activities and have a treatment program specifically designed to address men's issues in men's groups and women's issues in women's groups.
Seventh – COST!!! Just because a drug rehab costs the most money does not mean it is the best. Many drug rehabs will quote you a price, then tell you about ancillary charges such as extra charges for therapy, psychological assessments, psychiatrists, etc… There's nothing wrong with ancillary fees for services, but remember that the money you end up paying for a cheaper drug rehab after all the ancillary fees may end up being just as much as one of the more expensive places that includes all of those services. There are a few drug rehabs out there that have been able to include all these services and keep the price low, but they are few and far between. And remember, when you are trying to cut costs on drug and alcohol treatment for your son or daughter, or wife or brother, that you are talking about their life and death and it's not about finding the cheapest place it's about finding the best place. One more thing…an executive director of one of the more popular treatment facilities once helped put things in perspective for me when I was concerned about the cost of addiction treatment…. He said, "Whenever I hear that a family is shocked to hear that the cost of addiction treatment is $30,000 or $40,000 for 90 days, I always want to ask them how much they paid for their last car and ask them if their loved one's life is worth that much." Sure, the statement is a bit cold, and I don't know whether he has actually ever said that to a family, but it has always helped me put the cost of drug rehab in perspective.
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