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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.







Cigarettes: More Dangerous Than Before
Nov 19@7:00pm: Is there anyone that doesn’t know how dangerous smoking cigarettes can be? It’s hard to imagine with so much public education from The Truth Campaign, The Real Cost, and Tips From Former Smokers. But what a lot of people don’t know is that cigarettes have actually become more dangerous. A Read more → The post Cigarettes: More Dangerous Than Before appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Evidence grows that heavy marijuana use may harm the brain
Nov 18@7:00pm: New NIDA-funded research shows that heavy marijuana use (at least four times per week over the past six months) is linked to adverse changes in the function and structure of brain areas associated with reward, decision making, and motivation. Heavy marijuana use can also enhance some brain… continue reading article… The post Evidence grows that heavy marijuana use may harm the brain appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
?Marijuana: Breaking Down the Buzz? Helps Clear Up the Confusion
Nov 16@7:00pm: Do you know how long it took for tobacco smoking rates to significantly drop after researchers first linked smoking cigarettes to cancer? 40 years. In the 1920s, when the link to cancer was discovered, smoking was normal—in fact, ads for cigarettes even featured doctors saying it relieved stress! For years, Read more → The post ?Marijuana: Breaking Down the Buzz? Helps Clear Up the Confusion appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
NIDA researchers confirm important brain reward pathway
Nov 11@7:00pm: Details of the role of glutamate, the brain’s excitatory chemical, in a drug reward pathway have been identified for the first time. This discovery in rodents – published today in Nature Communications – shows that stimulation of glutamate neurons in a specific brain region (the dorsal raphe… continue reading article… The post NIDA researchers confirm important brain reward pathway appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Marijuana ?Edibles? Make Candy Complicated
Nov 9@7:00pm: Pop Quiz! Question: If you look at the candy in the check-out aisle in your local store, an average chocolate bar is 1 serving, and an average bag of candy-covered chocolates (which has about 30 candies) is also 1 serving. What is the average serving of a marijuana edible chocolate Read more → The post Marijuana ?Edibles? Make Candy Complicated appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Dirty Money: How Cocaine and Germs Contaminate Our Cash
Nov 5@7:00pm: Q: What do cocaine and bacteria have in common? A: They both contaminate our cash. While most of the dollar bills you come into contact with would test positive for cocaine, that doesn’t mean that they were used to snort cocaine. In fact, less than 1 percent of people age Read more → The post Dirty Money: How Cocaine and Germs Contaminate Our Cash appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
NIDA Mini-Convention: Frontiers in Addiction Research
Nov 5@7:00pm: Society for Neuroscience satellite meeting explores innovative brain science, including dynamic chemical communications; stunning imaging technologies; drug use and brain toxicity and the therapeutic potential of RNA What: The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National… continue reading article… The post NIDA Mini-Convention: Frontiers in Addiction Research appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Does Marijuana Make You More Creative?
Nov 2@7:00pm: Not many people would say with a straight face that drugs like heroin or methamphetamine are good for you, let alone they could help you be more successful in life. But there are lots of people who think marijuana is different from other drugs. For example, we’ve already talked in Read more → The post Does Marijuana Make You More Creative? appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Stay Safe This Halloween
Oct 29@8:00pm: Halloween is a time when ghosts and goblins of all ages go out to play. Before your night turns dark and stormy, keep this in mind: Stick with apple cider and soda or pop. Binge drinking alcohol can lead to lead to some very scary outcomes. Alcohol in any amount Read more → The post Stay Safe This Halloween appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
Be a Friend to Man?s Best Friend: Keep Marijuana Away from Your Dog
Oct 26@8:00pm: As more communities allow medical marijuana, or decriminalize illicit marijuana, veterinarians are seeing an alarming trend. More and more dogs are arriving in emergency animal hospitals with marijuana toxicosis, or marijuana poisoning. A recent study in Colorado showed that 4 times as many dogs were treated for marijuana poisoning in Read more → The post Be a Friend to Man?s Best Friend: Keep Marijuana Away from Your Dog appeared first on A... [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
New CME/CE course addresses substance use
Oct 26@8:00pm: Announcement A new continuing medical education/continuing education course (CME/CE), Talking to Patients About Health Risk Behaviors, adds to a growing body of tools available through the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to help healthcare professionals care for patients at risk for… continue reading article… The post New CME/CE course addresses substance use appeared first on Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help. [from Alcoholism Substance Abuse Help]
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 A... [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 Abus... [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]





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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