Apr 17@11:41am: The surge in the use of heroin and prescription opioids is resulting in more deaths than violent crimes and car crashes in many communities, law enforcement officials said this week. They met in Washington, D.C. to discuss the problem and possible solutions. Many overdose deaths are due to heroin, which … The post Surge in Heroin and Prescription Opioid Use Has Deadly Consequences, Police Say appeared first on Alcoholism Substance A... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 17@11:40am: The U.S. Sentencing Commission, which advises federal judges, is recommending shorter prison sentences for most federal drug trafficking offenders, according to Reuters. Up to 70 percent of these offenders would receive shorter prison sentences if the commission’s recommendations are not opposed by Congress. “This modest reduction in drug penalties is … The post Commission Asks For Shorter Drug Trafficking Sentences appeared first o... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 17@11:40am: The number of injury complaints associated with the use of e-cigarettes has risen in the past year, Reuters reports. E-cigarette users have filed complaints with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about injuries including burns, nicotine toxicity, heart problems and breathing difficulties. More than 50 complaints about e-cigarettes were filed … The post E-Cigarette Injury Reports on the Rise appeared first on Alcoholism Substanc... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 17@11:40am: Introverts who tend to have fewer positive feelings, or to not be attracted to rewards in life, are more likely to abuse drugs than more extroverted people with positive emotions, a new study suggests. Studying personality may help scientists better understand and treat substance use problems, according to the researchers … The post Introverts With Few Positive Feelings at Higher Risk of Drug Abuse: Study appeared first on Alcoholis... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 16@11:34am: By now, almost everyone has heard the big announcement from CVS/pharmacy that their stores will become tobacco-free by October 1. This is a significant milestone, and yet it’s just the latest chapter of a long story. Have you heard about Fred Mayer? He is the Marin County, California pharmacist who … The post Commentary: Cigarettes and Pharmacies Don?t Mix appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 16@11:34am: Google is not doing enough to stop online sales of illegal drugs and fake prescription medicines, according to a group of state attorneys general. The company says it disabled 4.6 million pharmaceutical or health supplement ads last year. Last December, 24 attorneys general sent a letter to Google outlining their … The post Google Isn?t Doing Enough to Stop Illegal Drug Sales Online, Some Attorneys General Say appeared first on Alco... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 16@11:33am: The private equity firm Bain Capital recently took over the largest chain of substance treatment facilities in Massachusetts, The Boston Globe reports. Bain, which usually makes investments in brand-name companies such as Dunkin’ Donuts, sees treating addiction as big business. Bain paid $58 million for Habit OPCO Inc., which has … The post Private Equity Firm Hopes for Profits From Substance Treatment Facilities appeared first on A... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 16@11:33am: Occasional marijuana use may change the brain structure in young adults, a new study suggests. Marijuana may cause changes related to motivation, emotion and reward. The changes occurred in the areas of the brain involved in processing emotion and forming long-term memories, and in reward and addiction, HealthDay reports. The … The post Occasional Marijuana Use May Change Structure of Young People?s Brains: Study appeared first on A... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 16@11:32am: Massachusetts cannot ban the new pure hydrocodone drug Zohydro ER (extended release), a federal judge said Monday. The company that makes the drug, Zogenix, argued in a lawsuit that the ban is unconstitutional, according to The Wall Street Journal. Last Month, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced Zohydro would be banned … The post Massachusetts Cannot Ban Zohydro, Federal Judge Says appeared first on Alcoholism Substance A... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 16@9:41am: I am finishing my Ph.D. in May 2014 in a field housed under the umbrella of social sciences, called conflict analysis and resolution. The field provides the foundation and skills necessary to identify areas of conflict and resolve them without the need for taking legal action. The goal is to … The post Reflecting on Experiences as a NIDA Fall Intern appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 15@11:07am: Almost one-quarter of pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid in 2007 filled a prescription for opioids, a new study finds. The risks of opioids to a developing fetus are largely unknown, The New York Times reports. An estimated 1.1 million pregnant women were enrolled in Medicaid in 2007. The program covers … The post Almost One-Fourth of Pregnant Women on Medicaid Filled Opioid Prescriptions: Study appeared first on Alcoholism Substan... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 15@11:06am: A bipartisan group of senators has formed to fight prescription drug abuse, according to The Hill. The group will look for innovative solutions to opioid abuse. The Prescription Drug Abuse Working Group, part of the Senate Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, will convene a series of meetings about … The post Bipartisan Senate Group Forms to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abu... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 15@11:05am: E-cigarette makers are targeting young people with free samples distributed at music and sporting events, according to an investigation by 11 Democratic members of the U.S. House and Senate. The companies are also running radio and television ads during programs aimed at young people, the lawmakers said. They hope their … The post Senators Find E-Cigarette Makers Are Targeting Young People appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abus... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 15@11:04am: A vending machine that dispenses marijuana will soon be open for business in Colorado, NPR reports. The machine is able to verify a customer’s age, according to its creators. Customers can also purchase marijuana-infused snacks from the machine, which is called ZaZZZ. It is designed to be used by medical … The post Vending Machine in Colorado Dispenses Marijuana appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 10@11:32am: Following the decision by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to order a ban on prescribing and dispensing the pure hydrocodone painkiller Zohydro, Vermont’s governor announced an emergency order to make it more difficult for doctors to prescribe the drug. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin said he joins the many critics of the … The post Vermont Becomes Second State to Take Action Against Zohydro Prescribing appeared first on Alcoholi... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 10@11:31am: No other major retailers have joined CVS in pledging to pull tobacco from store shelves, the Associated Press reports. CVS, the nation’s second largest drugstore chain, announced earlier this year it will stop selling tobacco products by October 1. Major retailers want to see what happens after CVS stops selling … The post Retailers Take Wait-and-See Approach After CVS Announces it Won?t Sell Tobacco appeared first on Alcoholism Sub... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 10@11:31am: A new government report finds twice as many adult men as women entered substance abuse treatment facilities in 2011. The report found 1.2 million men, and 609,000 females, entered such facilities that year. Among teens 12 to 17, the rate of substance dependence for both males and females was about … The post Substance Abuse Treatment Much More Likely for Men: Report appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 10@11:30am: Advocates of medical marijuana came to Capitol Hill this week to urge legislators to pass a measure that would ban the federal government from restricting state medical marijuana laws. Currently, 20 states have legalized medical marijuana, but the drug remains illegal under federal law. New York may become the next … The post Advocates of Medical Marijuana Urge Lawmakers to Protect State Laws appeared first on Alcoholism Substance A... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 9@11:05am: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the state’s largest health insurer, announced it has reduced prescriptions of narcotic painkillers by about 6.6 million pills in the past 18 months. The insurer limited the amount of opioids that members could obtain without prior approval of the company, WBUR reports. Since the … The post Largest Health Insurer in Massachusetts Has Cut Narcotic Prescriptions appeared first on Alcoholism Subs... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 9@11:05am: People seeking treatment for heroin addiction face a number of obstacles, including a lack of treatment beds, expensive care, and insurance companies that refuse to pay for inpatient rehab, according to ABC News. Most insurance companies will not pay for inpatient heroin detoxification or rehab because withdrawal from the drug … The post Treatment for Heroin Addiction Can Be Difficult to Find, Experts Say appeared first on Alcoholis... [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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