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When you say to yourself "I want to be clean and sober, but I just don't want to take action today on this goal, I would rather wait a while and maybe deal with it in a few months," what you are really doing is not simply delaying the decision…..what you are doing is deciding NOT to take action at all.


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NIDA highlights drug use trends among college-age and young adults in new onl...
May 17@8:00pm: Use of illicit drugs, including marijuana, has been rising steadily among college-aged young adults. In addition, non-medical use of stimulants, including Adderall and Ritalin, has more than doubled in the past few years. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has created a new section on… continue reading article… The post NIDA highlights drug use trends among college-age and young adults in new online resource appeared first on Alcoholi... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Pain reliever investigation wins top NIH Addiction Science Award
May 14@8:00pm: A project identifying novel compounds that could be used for pain relief was awarded a first place Addiction Science Award at the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)?the world’s largest science competition for high school students. The awards are coordinated by the National… continue reading article… The post Pain reliever investigation wins top NIH Addiction Science Award appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse H... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Medication plus ongoing care provided in emergency departments is promising a...
Apr 29@8:00pm: New research comparing treatment approaches for opioid dependent patients in emergency departments (ED) suggests that combining the medication buprenorphine with ongoing care is more effective than simply providing referrals to addiction treatment, with or without a brief intervention. This study… continue reading article… The post Medication plus ongoing care provided in emergency departments is promising approach for opioid dependence appear... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Gene variant related to greater difficulty in quitting smoking and earlier lu...
Apr 14@8:00pm: People with a specific form of the CHRNA5 gene take an average of four years longer to quit smoking and are at greater risk for developing lung cancer four years earlier, compared to smokers without this gene variant. This is according to a meta-analysis of 24 studies examining variants in Read more → The post Gene variant related to greater difficulty in quitting smoking and earlier lung cancer diagnosis appeared first on Alcoholism Substan... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Research shows that teens and adults are uncertain about legalities of mariju...
Mar 30@8:00pm: A NIDA-funded study showed that while parents in the state of Washington are discussing with their children the legalization of recreational marijuana use among adults, they are unsure what is legal and illegal under the new laws. The study showed that many parents and teens do not know the laws… Read more → The post Research shows that teens and adults are uncertain about legalities of marijuana law in Washington State appeared first on Alc... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Study looks at effects of socioeconomic factors on child brain development an...
Mar 29@8:00pm: New research suggests that family income, and to a lesser degree parental education, are associated with brain structure differences in children and young adults. Focusing on brain regions critical for language, memory, and executive function in participants aged three to 20 years, scientists… continue reading article… The post Study looks at effects of socioeconomic factors on child brain development and achievement appeared first on Alcoholi... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Medication finds new use in sustaining opioid quit success
Mar 17@8:00pm: New research suggests that clonidine, a medication for high blood pressure and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), can enhance buprenorphine’s ability to treat opioid dependence. This combination of medications reduces stress-induced craving and prolongs opioid abstinence during… continue reading article… The post Medication finds new use in sustaining opioid quit success appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Dr. Susan Weiss appointed division director at NIDA
Mar 1@7:00pm: Dr. Susan Weiss Susan R.B. Weiss, Ph.D., has been selected to lead the Division of Extramural Research (DER), a newly formed Division at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. In addition to overseeing NIDA’s extramural research grant program, the… continue reading article… The post Dr. Susan Weiss appointed division director at NIDA appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Are You Addicted to Chaos?
Feb 18@5:01pm: Are You Addicted to Chaos? One might expect people who are recovering from addiction to embrace their newfound peace and stability, yet therapists often find that patients resist letting go of the chaos and dysfunction that was part of their lives during their active addiction. Addiction is often just the Read more → The post Are You Addicted to Chaos? appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow to Participate in Facebook Chat about TEDMED Pr...
Feb 10@7:00pm: Dr. Nora Volkow – photo courtesy of Sandy Huffaker for TEDMED NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow will participate in a LIVE Facebook chat, hosted by TEDMED, on Thursday, February 12, at 1 p.m. EST to discuss what we can learn about compulsive overeating from studying the brain chemistry of people Read more → The post NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow to Participate in Facebook Chat about TEDMED Presentation appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abus... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
NIDA researchers discover further complexity in brain reward circuitry
Feb 8@7:00pm: NIDA scientists have identified new complexities within the brain’s reward circuitry that involves two major chemicals involved in drug addiction — dopamine and glutamate. Researchers used rodent models to better understand a specific brain circuit where dopamine and glutamate are both released… continue reading article… The post NIDA researchers discover further complexity in brain reward circuitry appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
2015 Avant-Garde Awards offer extraordinary ideas in HIV/AIDS research
Feb 8@7:00pm: Dr. Jacques Normand describes the 2015 NIDA Avant-Garde awards Watch video With proposals ranging from innovative therapies to the development of unique organoid models of the brain, five scientists have been selected to receive the 2015 Avant-Garde Award for HIV/AIDS Research from the National… continue reading article… The post 2015 Avant-Garde Awards offer extraordinary ideas in HIV/AIDS research appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
How to become a member of Al-Anon
Jan 27@8:00pm: If you have a loved one with a drinking problem, or grew up in an alcoholic home, the best thing you can do for yourself and/or your loved ones is to attend an Al-anon meeting. If you have access to the internet, go to the Al-Anon web site where listings Read more → The post How to become a member of Al-Anon appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Shattering Drug Myths During National Drug Facts Week (NDFW)
Jan 25@7:00pm: Every year, for the past five years, we at NIDA have dedicated ourselves to helping people get the facts about drugs, drug use, and the consequences of use. This year, with over 1,000 NDFW events in every state, more teens than ever before will have a chance to learn something Read more → The post Shattering Drug Myths During National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
InstaBuzzed: Celebrities, Drugs, and Social Media
Jan 21@7:00pm: Do you like the summertime feel of Valencia, the creamy black and white texture of Willow, or the soft pastels of Nashville? If you’re one of the 76% of teens are on Instagram, it’s likely you have a few ?go-to? photo filters you use whenever you post. There are more Read more → The post InstaBuzzed: Celebrities, Drugs, and Social Media appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Traumatic Brain Injury and Drug Use?A Closer Look
Jan 14@7:00pm: It’s the big game. You’re running full speed toward the goal line. You have it in sight. You are focused. You are fast. This is it. BAM! You’ve been hit. This is not it. The ball is gone. The moment is passed. And you are on your back. Nothing is Read more → The post Traumatic Brain Injury and Drug Use?A Closer Look appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Nicotine metabolism rates may impact success of smoking cessation treatments
Jan 11@7:00pm: A randomized clinical trial of smokers trying to quit found that the effectiveness of particular smoking cessation therapies might relate to how quickly their body metabolizes nicotine. The study compared success rates of the nicotine patch versus the prescription medication varenicline. Among… continue reading article… The post Nicotine metabolism rates may impact success of smoking cessation treatments appeared first on Alcoholism Substance ... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
?I Wish That I Could Be Like The Cool Kids.?
Jan 11@7:00pm: The popular lyrics hit home for many of us. There probably isn’t a teen out there that at some point hasn’t wanted to be part of the cool crowd. Just about everyone knows who the cool kids are and gossips about what they do. Of course, what’s cool in your Read more → The post ?I Wish That I Could Be Like The Cool Kids.? appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Designated Drivers?You Are Not Alone
Jan 7@7:00pm: A new survey from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Nationwide Insurance found that 3 out of 4 people use designated drivers (DD). The DD is the person who does not drink, use drugs, or even take medication that might impair their driving. By the way, the DD is NOT Read more → The post Designated Drivers?You Are Not Alone appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Effects of cigarette smoking on brain differ between men and women
Jan 7@7:00pm: Researchers from Yale University discovered that brain activation during smoking occurs differently in men than in women. The research used a new method of brain imaging scan analysis, and was funded by NIDA and the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health. The study showed that dopamine release… continue reading Read more → The post Effects of cigarette smoking on brain differ between men and women appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abu... [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.

rehabilitation methods to various addictions with the help of designated professionals who can be matched to the particular addiction.


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.


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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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