Apr 24@11:28am: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new rules on Thursday that would allow the agency to regulate e-cigarettes, The New York Times reports. The proposed rules would ban the sale of e-cigarettes, cigars and pipe tobacco to anyone under age 18. Manufacturers of e-cigarettes and cigars would have to … The post E-Cigarettes to be Regulated Under New Rules Proposed by FDA appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 24@11:27am: Three teenage girls were hospitalized in Virginia last weekend after taking an LSD-like synthetic drug. The compound is known by names including 25i, N-Bomb or Smiles. The girls ranged in age from 13 to 18, according to CBS News. Police say the drug first produces a feeling of euphoria, but … The post Three Teens Hospitalized After Taking LSD-Like Drug in Virginia appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 24@11:26am: Health officials report legal marijuana edible products have been linked to two recent deaths and an increase in emergency room visits in Colorado, Fox News reports. Edibles include marijuana-laced baked goods, candies and beverages. The effects of marijuana edibles begin more slowly than the smoked version of the drug, according … The post Marijuana Edibles Linked to Two Deaths, Increased ER Visits in Colorado appeared first on Alc... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 24@11:25am: Some workers in the marijuana industry in Colorado are wondering whether having a marijuana-related job will hamper future employment prospects, The Wall Street Journal reports. “It just brings up whole other levels of conversation,” said Lisa Severy, Director of Career Services at the University of Colorado at Boulder. “It’s an … The post Marijuana Workers Wonder if Their Job Will Hinder Future Employment Prospects appeared first o... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 23@11:28am: As the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) gears up for another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 26, the group representing independent pharmacists says its members are eager to help their communities get rid of unwanted or expired drugs year-round. According to the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), more than … The post Independent Pharmacies Seek Greater Role in Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse a... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 23@11:26am: An advisory panel of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted Tuesday against approving a combination morphine-oxycodone painkiller, NPR reports. The drug, Moxduo, would be the first medication to combine both opioids in one capsule. Moxduo’s manufacturer, QRxPharma, says the drug is intended to provide faster relief from moderate to … The post FDA Panel Votes to Recommend Against Approving Morphine-Oxycodone Opioid appeared fir... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 23@11:25am: Health insurers should use state prescription monitoring databases to reduce overdoses from abuse of opioids and other prescription drugs, according to a new report. Sharing data between prescription monitoring databases and insurers would allow the companies to better detect inappropriate prescribing and dispensing, according to the report by the Prescription … The post Insurers Should Use Prescription Monitoring Databases to Reduc... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 23@11:25am: People in recovery from substance abuse should speak out and give hope to others in similar situations, according to the Acting Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Michael Botticelli, speaking at a forum in New Haven, noted 23 million Americans are recovery. Only about one in nine … The post Those in Recovery Should Speak Out, Give Hope to Others: Drug Policy Official appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse ... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 23@11:24am: Organizers of the Electric Zoo music festival say they are planning tighter security this year, after two drug-related deaths occurred at last summer’s event. The three-day festival, held in New York City over Labor Day weekend, will include drug-sniffing dogs, extensive pat-downs, and undercover officers who have a background in … The post Music Festival Organizers Plan Greater Security to Prevent Drug-Related Deaths appeared first... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 23@10:22am: Never heard of khat (pronounced “cot”)? That’s okay—not many people in the United States use it (its use isn’t measured, so we don’t know the exact numbers). But in some parts of the world, chewing leaves from the khat plant is a social activity, much like meeting a friend for … The post Let?s Talk About Khat appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 22@11:02am: The approval of labels for a powdered alcohol product called “Palcohol” was a mistake, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) said Monday. Palcohol gained widespread publicity in recent days after it was reported the government agency approved the labels. A representative for the agency told the Associated … The post Approval of Powdered Alcohol Labels was a Mistake, Government Agency Says appeared first on Alcoholism Su... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 22@11:00am: Children treated in the emergency room for pain or coughs are often prescribed codeine, a potentially dangerous opioid, a new study finds. Organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Chest Physicians recommend against using codeine for coughs or upper respiratory infections in children, according to Reuters. … The post Children Often Prescribed Potentially Dangerous Codeine in the ER: Study app... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 22@10:58am: The Justice Department on Monday announced new clemency criteria, aimed at inmates who are serving time for nonviolent drug offenses. The goal is to reduce the nation’s federal prison population, the Associated Press reports. Attorney General Eric Holder described the new criteria for evaluating clemency petitions in a video message. … The post New Clemency Rules Aimed at Inmates Serving Time for Nonviolent Drug Offenses appeared fi... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Apr 22@10:56am: A new poll finds while a majority of Americans support the legalization of marijuana, most do not favor legalizing other drugs, such as cocaine or heroin. The HuffPost/YouGov poll found more than 51 percent of Americans are in favor of legalizing marijuana, UPI reports. However, only 11 percent want cocaine … The post Poll Finds Marijuana is Only Drug Majority of Americans Wants Legalized appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
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: 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 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 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]
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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