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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.







New brain imaging dataset now available to enhance reliability and reproducib...
Jul 2@8:00pm: A new NIDA-supported dataset will now allow researchers to compare their MRI-based scans against more than 10,000 brain images, thereby enhancing reliability and reproducibility. The Consortium for Reproducibility and Reliability (CoRR) dataset is managed by the Child Mind Institute (CMI). CoRR… continue reading article…The post New brain imaging dataset now available to enhance reliability and reproducibility appeared first on Alcoholism Subs... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Real Teens Ask: Is Addiction Hereditary?
Jul 2@11:10am: Does someone in your family abuse drugs? Learn more about how DNA can influence a person’s chances of becoming addicted to drugs in this updated post from 2011. Every year, NIDA’s top scientists answer questions from teens at schools across the country during Drug Facts Chat Day. In 2010, “I Read more →The post Real Teens Ask: Is Addiction Hereditary? appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Social media can influence teens with pro-drug messages
Jun 30@8:00pm: A new NIDA-funded study analyzed the content and demographic reach of a popular pro-marijuana Twitter handle in 2013 and found that only ten percent of the messages mentioned any risky behaviors associated with marijuana use. Given that over 70 percent of followers were 19 years of age or… continue reading Read more →The post Social media can influence teens with pro-drug messages appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
The Buzz on Caffeine
Jun 25@9:37am: This post from 2012 gets a refresh highlighting new caffeine trends. Question: What’s the most widely used drug? It’s not marijuana—and no, it’s not tobacco or alcohol either. Nine out of 10 Americans take it in some form every day, and it’s not limited to adults. Hint: According to a Read more →The post The Buzz on Caffeine appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Study compares effectiveness of oral drug tests for recent marijuana use
Jun 15@8:00pm: A variety of oral drug testing devices are available to determine recent marijuana use. For the first time, a new NIDA study compares the ability of these devices to accurately detect specific cannabinoids – the chemical compounds found in marijuana. The researchers looked at diagnostic sensitivity… continue reading article…The post Study compares effectiveness of oral drug tests for recent marijuana use appeared first on Alcoholism Substance ... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Drug Overdoses Kill More Than Cars, Guns, and Falling
Jun 11@9:31am: They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, but this picture is all about the numbers. With 38,329 people dying from drug overdoses in 2010, it’s hard to really grasp the lives lost, the families and friends in mourning, or the generations that will never be, for those who took Read more →The post Drug Overdoses Kill More Than Cars, Guns, and Falling appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
CPDD conference features NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow as well as Media Forum
Jun 9@8:00pm: Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), will deliver a keynote address on the state of addiction research at the annual meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) in San Juan, Puerto Rico on June 15. The conference features 800 presentations by… Read more →The post CPDD conference features NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow as well as Media Forum appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
?Left-Brained? or ?Right-Brained?? It?s Not That Simple After All
Jun 4@9:35am: Science has just revealed … (wait for it …) You need your whole brain! Sounds obvious enough, but it’s not uncommon to hear people say, “He’s awesome at taking tests, he must be left-brained.” Or, “She’s a really good painter—she must be right-brained.” In fact, until recently, many people thought Read more →The post ?Left-Brained? or ?Right-Brained?? It?s Not That Simple After All appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
NIDA review summarizes research on marijuana?s negative health effects
Jun 3@8:00pm: The current state of science on the adverse health effects of marijuana use links the drug to several significant adverse effects including addiction, a review reports. The article, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, is authored by scientists from the National Institute on… continue reading article…The post NIDA review summarizes research on marijuana?s negative health effects appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse H... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
MDMA can be fatal in warm environments
Jun 2@8:00pm: A moderate dose of MDMA, commonly known as Ecstasy or Molly, that is typically nonfatal in cool, quiet environments can be lethal in rats exposed to conditions that mimic the hot, crowded, social settings where the drug is often used by people, a study finds. Scientists have identified the… continue Read more →The post MDMA can be fatal in warm environments appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Molly, Spice, and Orange Crush: Slang for Dangerous Drugs
May 28@9:44am: You overhear two girls talking about last night’s concert, when one says to the other “I can’t believe she took 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine!” Oh, wait. That would never happen, right? Probably because “Molly,” the nickname given to MDMA, sounds hip and harmless compared to its actual name—which sounds like what it is, Read more →The post Molly, Spice, and Orange Crush: Slang for Dangerous Drugs appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Ab... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
More Colorado drivers in fatal car crashes testing positive for marijuana
May 26@8:00pm: A new NIAAA- and NIDA-funded study shows an increased number of marijuana-positive Colorado drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes since Colorado’s legalization of medical marijuana in 2009. A similar increase was not seen in the 34 states that did not have medical marijuana laws when… continue reading article…The post More Colorado drivers in fatal car crashes testing positive for marijuana appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abus... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Pharmacies and Tobacco: Selling a Contradiction
May 21@9:05am: Even though drugs can make you high, there’s no doubt that talking about them and all of the terrible things that they can do to your health and your life is a bit of a downer. But there is some good news in the world. First, some background. As you’ve Read more →The post Pharmacies and Tobacco: Selling a Contradiction appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
?NIH Pain Consortium?s first pain care curriculum improves clinical skills
May 20@8:00pm: Preview of e-learning chronic pain care module, “Edna” An online training module designed for the evaluation and care of chronic pain greatly improved medical student clinical skills, according to a report in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The module, built by the University of… continue reading article…The post ?NIH Pain Consortium?s first pain care curriculum improves clinical skills appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Ab... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
NIDA offers tools for talking to teens about marijuana
May 19@8:00pm: Two updated booklets about marijuana for teens and their parents will help families sort out marijuana myths from science-based facts. The revamped tools come from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. These booklets are being released during… continue reading article…The post NIDA offers tools for talking to teens about marijuana appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
2014 Avant-Garde Awards focus on strengthening the immune system
May 18@8:00pm: Dr. Jacques Normand describes the 2014 NIDA Avant-Garde awards Watch video With proposals ranging from enhancing the immune system’s ability to fight HIV infection to improving long-term immune health in HIV-infected drug users, three scientists have been chosen to receive the 2014 Avant-Garde… continue reading article…The post 2014 Avant-Garde Awards focus on strengthening the immune system appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Study of third hand nicotine from e-cigarette exposure wins top NIH Addiction...
May 15@8:00pm: An exploration of third hand nicotine exposure from e-cigarettes was given the top Addiction Science Award at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)—the world’s largest science competition for high school students. The awards are coordinated by the National Institute on… continue reading article…The post Study of third hand nicotine from e-cigarette exposure wins top NIH Addiction Science Award appeared first on Alcoh... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Painkiller Overdose Deaths Have Tripled: Government Report
May 15@10:53am: Overdose deaths from prescription narcotics tripled from 2009-2010, compared with a decade earlier, according to a new government report. Almost half of Americans are taking one or more prescription medications, the report found. An estimated 10.5 percent are prescribed painkillers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report found Read more →The post Painkiller Overdose Deaths Have Tripled: Government Report appeared first o... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Study Finds Extended-Release Naltrexone Can Save Overall Healthcare Costs
May 15@10:53am: An extended-release drug to treat alcohol and opioid dependence can lead to savings in healthcare costs, even though the drug itself is expensive, a new study concludes. The drug, extended-release Naltrexone, is injected once a month, and costs about $1,100 per injection. The researchers said the drug appears to be Read more →The post Study Finds Extended-Release Naltrexone Can Save Overall Healthcare Costs appeared first on Alcoholism Subst... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Ohio Prisons Filled with People Addicted to Heroin and Painkillers: Official
May 15@10:52am: Prisons in Ohio have a large population of people addicted to heroin and painkillers, an official told the state Senate Finance Committee this week. State Prisons Director Gary Mohr said judges send offenders to prison after they relapse several times, the Associated Press reports. “They kept coming back, and at Read more →The post Ohio Prisons Filled with People Addicted to Heroin and Painkillers: Official appeared first on Alcoholism Subst... [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.

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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.

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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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