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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.







The Swiss Cheese Model of Addiction
Oct 22@8:00pm: Why doesn’t everyone who is exposed to drugs become addicted? You can’t get addicted just from using a drug once. But some people who try drugs go on to take more and more, and become addicted as a result. Others don’t. Scientists now know drug addiction is a disease and Read more →The post The Swiss Cheese Model of Addiction appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
A Breath Test for Marijuana Is Around the Corner
Oct 19@8:00pm: You already know the dangers of using marijuana before driving: Marijuana seriously impairs your motor skills and clouds your perception and judgment, all of which you need to safely operate a car. That’s why it’s illegal to drive high. But lots of people don’t know this ? or they know Read more →The post A Breath Test for Marijuana Is Around the Corner appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Using social media to better understand, prevent, and treat substance use
Oct 15@8:00pm: More than $11 million over three years will be used to support research exploring the use of social media to advance the scientific understanding, prevention, and treatment of substance use and addiction. The awards are funded through the Collaborative Research on Addiction at NIH (CRAN), an NIH… continue reading article…The post Using social media to better understand, prevent, and treat substance use appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Ab... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
It?s Time to Commit to Stopping the Spread of HIV
Oct 14@8:00pm: October 15th is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. This year the organizers are using the slogan, ?It’s time ‘To End AIDS, Commit to Act’/ ‘Para Acabar con el SIDA, Comprometete a Actuar.’ Why an HIV Awareness Day for Latinos? Despite making up only 16% of the U.S. population, Hispanic/Latinos account Read more →The post It?s Time to Commit to Stopping the Spread of HIV appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Award-Winning Teens Hope To Improve Lives Through Research
Oct 8@8:00pm: The winning projects of NIDA’s Addiction Science Award 2014, part of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, tackled emerging topics in addiction science. While their projects impressed the judges, it is the teens’ passion and desire to help improve lives that makes them winners. First Place: Lily Wei Lee, Read more →The post Award-Winning Teens Hope To Improve Lives Through Research appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Colorado?s Answer to Marijuana?s Makeover
Oct 5@8:00pm: Marijuana has long been seen as an ?alternative? drug. It was illegal for everyone, and those who used it regularly were seen as ?stoners? or ?hippies? or ?partiers? and were somehow different than ?regular? people. There was a stereotype of people who used marijuana and most people didn’t think much Read more →The post Colorado?s Answer to Marijuana?s Makeover appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Stephen Strasburg?s Commitment To Quit Tobacco
Oct 1@8:00pm: Today, there are more former smokers than current smokers. But many of them didn’t say ?I need to quit smoking? once or twice?it took several attempts. And for ?dippers? (people that use chewing tobacco), it can be just as hard, if not harder. In fact, dip and chew contain more Read more →The post Stephen Strasburg?s Commitment To Quit Tobacco appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Colorado Uses Humor To Highlight Drugged Driving Laws
Sep 25@8:00pm: In states like Colorado where marijuana is legal for adults, some people may think that gives them a license to be high all the time. But they would be wrong. Just because the law allows adults the option to use marijuana, it does not mean that it is always legal Read more →The post Colorado Uses Humor To Highlight Drugged Driving Laws appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Good Samaritan Laws Save Lives
Sep 24@8:00pm: On October 1, the state of Maryland will put into effect what’s called a “Good Samaritan Law,” which will protect a person from getting in trouble if they summon aid for someone else who is overdosing on drugs or alcohol. Twenty states and the District of Columbia now have such Read more →The post Good Samaritan Laws Save Lives appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Unique interaction discovered between brain regions involved in addiction, de...
Sep 21@8:00pm: NIDA IRP researchers have discovered a unique interaction between a nerve cell in the brain’s ventral tegmental area and the lateral habenula – a pathway implicated in mental health disorders such as addiction and depression. This nerve cell releases both excitatory (glutamate) and inhibitory (… continue reading article…The post Unique interaction discovered between brain regions involved in addiction, depression appeared first on Alcoholism S... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Medicines or Poisons??Why Cannabinoids Can Both Help and Hurt You
Sep 18@8:00pm: Mondays this fall, for a limited time, the Drugs & Health blog will feature a post on marijuana. This is the final post of a 3-part series on the science of medical marijuana. Check out Part 1: What’s Wrong with “Medical Marijuana”? and Part 2: Making Medicine from Marijuana. People Read more →The post Medicines or Poisons??Why Cannabinoids Can Both Help and Hurt You appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Drug Overdoses Kill More Than Cars, Guns, and Falling?UPDATE
Sep 16@8:00pm: In June, we shared the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data that tens of thousands were lost due to drugs in 2010. In 2011, the number of drug overdose deaths continued to rise. To compare the data from 2010 to 2011, view the original post. You’ll see that in Read more →The post Drug Overdoses Kill More Than Cars, Guns, and Falling?UPDATE appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Review summarizes research on health effects of K2/Spice
Sep 16@8:00pm: K2, a popular brand of “Spice” mixture Image courtesy Coolidge Youth Coalition A new article, authored by scientists from NIDA and the University of Maryland, provides an overview of preclinical and clinical research on synthetic cannabinoids, often sold under brand names such as K2 or Spice…. continue reading article…The post Review summarizes research on health effects of K2/Spice appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Making Medicine from Marijuana
Sep 14@8:00pm: Mondays this fall, for a limited time, the Drugs & Health blog will feature a post on marijuana. This is the first post of a 3-part series on the science of medical marijuana. Check out Part 1: What’s Wrong with “Medical Marijuana”? and Part 3: Medicines or Poisons?—Why Cannabinoids Can Read more →The post Making Medicine from Marijuana appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Short video increases HIV testing in emergency department patients who initia...
Sep 9@8:00pm: A NIDA-funded study shows that one-third of emergency department patients who initially declined to be tested for HIV changed their minds after watching a 16-minute video. This video described the importance of testing as well as demonstrated how an HIV test can be conducted without drawing blood (… continue reading Read more →The post Short video increases HIV testing in emergency department patients who initially declined appeared first on... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Drugged Driving?A New Twist on a Deadly Decision
Sep 8@8:00pm: Most people know that drinking and driving is incredibly dangerous. Its reputation as a major risk has been cemented through the preventable deaths of thousands of people and years of education and awareness efforts. But it turns out—drugged driving is a major problem too. A recent study found that more Read more →The post Drugged Driving?A New Twist on a Deadly Decision appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
National Drug Facts Week 2015 to begin January 26
Sep 8@8:00pm: National Drug Facts Week, which brings together teens and scientific experts to shatter persistent myths about drug use and addiction, will be held Jan. 26 through Feb. 1, 2015. Ideas for community-based events, as well as success stories from previous years, are highlighted on the National… continue reading article…The post National Drug Facts Week 2015 to begin January 26 appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
What?s Wrong with ?Medical Marijuana??
Sep 7@8:00pm: Mondays this fall, for a limited time, the Drugs & Health blog will feature a post on marijuana. This is the first post of a 3-part series on the science of medical marijuana. Check out Part 2: Making Medicine from Marijuana, and Part 3: Medicines or Poisons?—Why Cannabinoids Can Both Read more →The post What?s Wrong with ?Medical Marijuana?? appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Commentary: More research needed into marijuana?s effects on brain developmen...
Sep 1@8:00pm: A journal commentary by Harvard researcher and NIDA grantee Bertha K. Madras stresses the importance of a large scale longitudinal study to better assess the effects of marijuana use on human brain development and function. Dr. Madras notes research that suggests regular marijuana use that begins… continue reading article…The post Commentary: More research needed into marijuana?s effects on brain development and function appeared first on Alco... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow to speak at TEDMED 2014
Sep 1@8:00pm: Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, will be a featured speaker at the TEDMED 2014 conference being held this month in Washington, DC. A world-renowned neuroscientist and leading expert on addiction as a brain disease,… continue reading Read more →The post NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow to speak at TEDMED 2014 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.

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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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