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  • Top 10 Drugs Never to Mix with Alcohol

    ARTICLE OVERVIEW: This article introduces you to the top ten drugs NEVER to mix with alcohol. We invite you to ask further questions at the end. Table of Contents: Mixing Alcohol With Other Drugs #10: Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs #9: Pain ...

    ... 're drinking and mixing drugs. Alcohol known as “poly-drug use”, mixing drinking and drugs is a clear sign that ... 662-HELP (4357). Check different types of treatment programs and their requirements, so you can choose which ... continue reading
  • Relapse prevention plan: Should I have one?

    Should I have a relapse prevention plan? The above is a good question for those of you who have recently stopped using or drinking, and a good reminder for those of us who have been abstinent for a while. Keep in mind that it’s better to plan ...

    ... themselves to be bullet proof over time. A relapse prevention program is a daily recognition that we are, on a ... 4. Know what to do if you want to drink or drug. Finally, you must know exactly what to do when a situation ... continue reading
  • Physical addiction to alcohol

    In the United States, about 18 million people have been diagnosed with an alcohol abuse disorder. Research has shown that more than 70% of people who develop alcohol dependence experience physical dependence that lasts on average 3 – 4 years. But ...

    ... amount of alcohol. 3. Alcohol addiction recovery programs Addiction programs usually offers ... Reference sources: Centers for Disease and Control prevention: Alcoholism Abuse Medline Plus: Alcoholism Resources NIH ... continue reading
  • You Are Not Alone.

    AddictionBlog.org is a subsidiary of American Addiction Centers (AAC). We are here 24/7 to help you understand your addiction treatment options.

  • 24-hour Alcohol Addiction Helpline | Free National 24-Hour Alcohol Abuse Hotline Numbers

    24-Hour Alcohol Abuse & Addiction Helpline Numbers Alcohol is widely available on every single turn, which is why it's an integral part of the lives of numerous Americans throughout the nation. What's more, popular culture and social life have made ...

    ... your condition and finding treatment. 11 National Sucide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255. This helpline is ... requirements, meaning that a 60-day drug and alcohol treatment program would be suitable for some people, ... continue reading
  • Aftercare Programs

    ARTICLE OVERVIEW : Aftercare programs are an essential part of every good rehab program. They will help you maintain sobriety and prevent relapse. This article offers details on aftercare programs for a drinking problem and their importance. TABLE ...

    ... “real world”. A good sober home is a drug-free environment for people that dedicated themselves to a sober ... There are two types of talk therapy offered in alcohol aftercare programs: 1. Group counseling . In a group ... continue reading
  • Get Rid Of Alcohol Once And For All

    ARTICLE OVERVIEW: This article provides you with the key steps you need to take in order to quit drinking for good. Read more for motivation, clarity, and insight into drinking problems here. ESTIMATED READING TIME: 10 minutes. TABLE OF CONTENTS Are ...

    ... Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol use causes 88,000 deaths a year! As alcohol use and abuse ... they teach you in rehab. Private counseling or outpatient programs can help, too. In order to replace drinking with ... continue reading
  • What are the real dangers of drinking & alcohol abuse?

    Alcohol has the Highest Treatment Success! April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and the addiction experts at Enterhealth, a Dallas-based drug and alcohol addiction treatment company, are taking the opportunity to educate the public on the many dangers ...

    ... The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that excessive alcohol consumption accounted for nearly one in ... to each person. Enterhealth’s drug and alcohol addiction treatment program is implemented by a full ... continue reading
  • Top 10 drug and alcohol campaign ideas — prevention

    1. Organize meetings with each media representative from the newspapers, radio and TV stations in your area to introduce yourself and your program. Create a file of deadlines, method of submission, publication calendar, contact person / back-up ...

    ... stations in your area to introduce yourself and your program. Create a file of deadlines, method of ... with the local library and have children who are impacted by drugs write stories and share them (if they want to) with ... continue reading
  • College drinking prevention

    College drinking is normalized in America Facts on college binge drinking indicate that college students are among an American demographic of normalized drinkers. In fact, most American college students consume alcohol occasionally. Although this is ...

    ... to prevent college binge drinking from the book, College Drinking and Drug Use . This book can be used as a desk reference ... The most commonly used alcohol prevention and treatment programs that focus on changing ... continue reading
  • Relapse prevention strategies

    How can you prevent relapse? By Dr. Henry Steinberger, Licensed Psychologist Relapse prevention is essential in recovery from chemical and behavioral addictions. Why? Because addiction has been found to reoccur more often when steps are not taken to ...

    ... drug, alcohol or behavioral addictions. Please feel free to leave your questions or comments about relapse or creating your own relapse prevention ... apply the SMART Recovery® Four Point Program™ and Recovery Tools - Read, ... continue reading
  • Alcohol and the Liver

    ARTICLE OVERVIEW: Heavy drinking can result in serious alcoholic liver diseases including cirrhosis, hepatitis, fatty liver, and even cancer. But, liver damage can be reversed. How? We review here. If you have additional questions, feel free to post ...

    ... our bodies, and metabolizes drugs. How does alcohol cause liver damage? Alcohol stays in the bloodstream ... Reference sources: [1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Alcohol Use [2] NCBI: The Lancet: Global burden ... continue reading
  • Does Disulfiram Help With Alcohol Cravings?

    ARTICLE OVERVIEW: No. Disulfiram does not directly address alcohol cravings. Instead, disulfiram produces a sensitivity to alcohol which results in a highly unpleasant reaction if/when you drink even small amounts of alcohol TABLE OF CONTENTS What's ...

    ... affected by alcohol in the picture below. 1. Psychotherapy for cravings. Relapse prevention approaches often ... contribute to the success of 12-step self-help programs. 2. Medications for cravings. The results of craving ... continue reading
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  • Homeless substance abuse - can street addicts be treated?

    Drug and alcohol abuse and homelessness Earlier in this series on addiction and homelessness, we reviewed the relationship between addiction and the homeless. In other words, how many people who live without a home are addicted to drugs? And can ...

    ... drugs? And can drug and alcohol addiction cause or contribute to homelessness? To summarize, YES, drugs and alcohol ... medical condition – Third, anyone who is admitted to program must be medically fit to do so. Part of our ... continue reading
  • Problems in late stage alcoholism treatment: Part 2

    Antidepressants and alcoholism treatment Like many other alcohol patients both of us had taken antidepressants while going through treatment. Many people are given antidepressants to try to help in dealing with an alcohol problem, but people who are ...

    ... aware of them. State hospital treatment for alcoholism Since the mid-80's (the time when many programs were cut) alcohol patients who were the worst afflicted often wound up being sent to the substance abuse treatment ... continue reading
  • 5 alternatives to AA 12 step meetings

    Self-help meetings are effective If you’ve ever asked yourself, “ Am I a problem drinker ?” , perhaps it is time to start looking to get help. For over 250 years , Americans with alcohol and other drug problems have banded together for mutual ...

    ... offers sober, secular self-help to abstain from alcohol and non-medically-indicated drugs by “relying on our own power and the support of others”. The program operates according to the “3S” Philosophy: 1. Sobriety ... continue reading
  • Men’s addiction treatment: INTERVIEW with Fresh Start Ministries

    Today, we’re speaking with Joe Cordovano, Executive Director at Fresh Start Ministries , a a year-long, residential, faith-based substance abuse program for men. We explore some of the unique challenges that men face in addiction recover. And ...

    ... : How important is the role of drug or alcohol testing in treatment of substance abuse? How often or under what conditions does drug testing work well to enhance program participation? FRESH START MINISTRIES : In our ... continue reading
  • What to look for in an alcohol rehab center

    By Jessica Hannah When you or a loved one are faced with the harsh realities of alcohol addiction, it's essential to find a program that addresses the fundamental issues which are causing these behaviors. Every person's situation is unique and ...

    ... Hannah When you or a loved one are faced with the harsh realities of alcohol addiction, it's essential to find a program that addresses the fundamental issues which are causing these behaviors. Every person's situation ... continue reading
  • Self treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction

    Is self treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction possible? Yes. In fact, we believe that there are as many paths to addiction recovery as there are people who find themselves addicted. Here, we present a recovery program that teaches you how to ...

    ... National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism ... ? TOM HORVATH : Tracking recovery time is not a part of our program. We don't give awards, for instance, when you hit 30 ... continue reading
  • Living in a codependent marriage? How to get through it

    Codependency in marriage If you’re in a codependent marriage, you are not alone. Can you stop being codependent ? Yes. But you may need personal, social, or psychological support along the way. Frances Simone knows about the dynamics of ...

    ... bottom line was firm: I told my son that if he used drugs he could not remain in my home. I remember driving him ... ’d like to add? FRANCES SIMONE: Working a 12-step program hasn’t been easy. It takes a lot of courage, ... continue reading
  • How to Treat Alcohol Addiction

    ARTICLE OVERVIEW: Alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism, is a well-known disease that affects people from all walks of life. Many people hesitate to get treatment because they do not recognize they have a problem. This article outlines signs ...

    ... , run drug tests, physical exams, and interview you. All of the gathered information from this initial assessment play a vital role in creating a treatment program tailored to your needs. Detoxification From Alcohol It ... continue reading
  • What is aftercare for drug addiction treatment?

    Article Summary: Aftercare is a crucial part of any addiction treatment. It prevents relapse, and helps people with substance use disorders to enter normal life more easier after finishing addiction treatment program. More details on types of ...

    ... the Aftercare? The primary goal of every aftercare program is to prevent relapse among treated addicted patients . ... drug use disorder (latter divided into drug of choice) 15.1 million people aged 12 or older had an alcohol ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Detoxification

    ARTICLE SUMMARY: The process of removing drugs and/or alcohol from the body is know as “detoxification”. Below, we review the main steps of medical detox programs for alcohol dependence. Then, we invite your question(s) in the comments section ...

    ARTICLE SUMMARY: The process of removing drugs and/or alcohol from the body is know as “detoxification”. Below, we review the main steps of medical detox programs for alcohol dependence. Then, we invite your question(s) ... continue reading
  • What families should expect from a recovering addict

    Beyond rehabilitation: What to expect from someone in recovery The addict has finished an inpatient program and is clean and sober. You have gone through the hard part and think that the worst is over. We will discuss what you should expect, be ...

    ... at an inpatient rehab program, the addict will only begin to think clearly and deal with why they use drugs. At this point ... /or following a recovery protocol or relapse prevention plan These actions need to take place ... continue reading
  • Problems in late stage alcoholism treatment: Part 1

    Late stage alcoholism goes under diagnosed People with alcoholism that is more advanced are almost always under-diagnosed in the treatment system in my home state of Wyoming - it's something that is a leftover from the past. It's just the way things ...

    ... in this. My friends name was Janet. We both went through some of the same treatment programs at first, and we both ended up in the same program for alcohol at the state mental hospital in Wyoming (I went through four ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Dependence

    When does drinking cross the line? If you think you have an alcohol problem, it might be time to have your drinking evaluated. However, alcohol dependence is a major sign of a problem that you’ve crossed the line from excessive drinker to problem ...

    ... addiction requires professional medical help. Doctors can assess the severity of alcohol abuse, and recommend a detox program to help you cope with alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Then, if needed, you may be referred to an ... continue reading
  • Is Vivitrol addictive?

    No. Vivitrol is not addictive. Vivitrol, an injectable form of naltrexone, actually helps alcoholics in the process of getting sober and maintaining sobriety. Vivitrol blocks the pleasurable effects that alcohol triggers and also stops alcohol ...

    ... that covers prescriptions drugs 2. Vivitrol treatment can only be initiated after all alcohol and opiates are out ... using Vivitrol as a part of your alcohol treatment program, we hope the information we provided in ... continue reading
  • Is controlled drinking possible?: Controlling your drinking BOOK REVIEW

    Many people begin to know internally when drinking becomes a problem . But do all drinkers need to stop drinking completely? OR can drinking be reduced to healthy levels? We recently received the second edition of a book originally published in 2004 ...

    ... recognize the potential to control drinking, the book recommends a program to do so. Tools include: 1. Personal Assessment Alcohol Screening Test Alcohol Dependence Scale 2. Self-monitored drinking Daily Record Card End ... continue reading
  • Residential treatment for drug addiction: MUST HAVES

    Looking for residential drug addiction treatment? Good residential treatment for addiction can be tough to find. And if you know that treating addiction at home would not be wise (unhealthy environment, relapse potential, etc.) … if might be a ...

    ... can range from mild discomfort to life threatening side effects and it is important that the residential drug addiction treatment program you choose is well equipped. Some good things to look for are: 24 hour RMN nursing ... continue reading
  • Not drinking alcohol for a month

    If you want to stop drinking alcohol for a month, you might try SMART Recovery® . SMART Recovery is a self-help program that gives you the tools to understand why you are drinking and helps you evaluate what changes you want to make in your life ...

    ... taken specifically for problem drinking. The program views alcohol abuse as a complex maladaptive behavior ... your focus is - I would recommend Horvath's Sex, Drugs, Gambling and Chocolate , Anne Fletcher’s Sober for Good ... continue reading
  • Intervention for Alcoholism

    ARTICLE OVERVIEW: An alcohol intervention is when a group confronts a loved one about problem drinking. In this article, we cover the basic aspects of an alcohol intervention, plus we offer tips on how to plan the whole process. Your questions are ...

    ... this article, we cover the basic aspects of an alcohol intervention, plus we offer tips on how to ... them while you are away. OBJECTION: I can’t enroll into a program. Who’s going to take care of my home? RESPONSE: Your ... continue reading
  • 5 Common Arguments Against 12 Step Recovery (and the Counters)

    The 12 Steps are Controversial The 12 Step recovery approach to addiction is the subject of considerable controversy. On one side are the supporters of the program, many of whom credit the 12 Steps with saving their lives or the lives of their loved ...

    ... controversy. On one side are the supporters of the program, many of whom credit the 12 Steps with saving ... twelve-step groups at least weekly were abstaining from alcohol consumption at follow ups at both two and sixteen ... continue reading
  • High Functioning Alcoholics

    ARTICLE OVERVIEW : Almost 20% of problem drinkers are high-functioning alcoholics who are well-educated, have a good job, and stable family. What are the signs of functioning alcoholism, and how can you help them? We review here. ESTIMATED READING ...

    ... that one-third of people who finished alcohol rehab program have no further symptoms one year later, ... Alcohol Use Disorder [3] NIAAA: Neuroscience: Pathways to Alcohol Dependence [4] SAMHSA: The National Survey on Drug ... continue reading
  • What does moderate drinking really mean?

    Are you concerned that you, a family member, or a loved one have a problem with drinking? Are you looking to find an alternatives solution to the usual treatment suggestions? Can or should you try moderate drinking? Read on to find out more about ...

    ... moderate drinking? DRINK LINK: If you can complete the 7 week Drink/Link Moderate Drinking Program and have reduced your alcohol consumption, you can consider that a success. Long-term success depends on you maintaining ... continue reading
  • Why are 12-Step relapse prevention techniques helpful?

    The 12 step program IS relapse prevention The techniques of the 12-step program are the most helpful strategies one can utilize for relapse prevention. All twelve principals are strategically laid out to help an addict realize he/she is not alone, ...

    ... end at step 3? All twelve steps in the 12-step program are vital to successful recovery and provide helpful prevention techniques. Many treatment programs send clients out right after the completion of the third step and ... continue reading
  • Problems in late stage alcoholism treatment: Part 3

    Late stage alcoholism requires long recovery times Very long recovery times are the biggest difference for people with advanced alcohol problems. When I entered treatment the wrong diagnosis I received set the tone in all of the programs I had ...

    ... or psychiatrists who don't understand alcohol problems to prescribe drugs for these patients while they are ... have been simple honesty from the programs about the type of medically-based alcohol condition she had, but there ... continue reading
  • Alcohol and Dual Diagnosis

    ARTICLE SUMMARY: A person who has a mental health problem and abuses alcohol is known to have dual diagnosis. Is there a treatment for this condition? YES! Integrated treatment addresses both at the same time. Learn more about dual diagnosis and its ...

    ... to using alcohol and/or drugs. This puts people with ADHD at high risk of developing alcohol use ... program doesn’t work properly, and it needs to be changed. It is important to create an integrated relapse prevention ... continue reading
  • Drunk Driving

    ARTICLE OVERVIEW: This article provides a brief review of the consequences you face if you get arrested for drunk driving. TABLE OF CONTENTS: What’s the Drunk Driving Limit? DUI vs. DWI Dangers Accident Statistics Death & Fatalities Laws ...

    ... to drive drunk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2010, 4 million U.S. ... 808 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. However, this is only 1% of the 111 ... continue reading
  • Choosing an addiction treatment center: 13 principles + 5 questions

    Professional help is recommended for addiction When addiction is destroying your life or the life of a loved one, professional treatment is often the only hope. Quitting drugs or alcohol on your own generally isn't advisable because withdrawal can ...

    ... treatment is often the only hope. Quitting drugs or alcohol on your own generally isn't advisable because ... How do 12-step or similar recovery programs fit into drug addiction treatment? Choosing treatment follow up ... continue reading
  • The Christian 12 Steps

    Those who are recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction often find it helpful to gain strength from a higher power and to work to develop their own spirituality. Christians naturally gain strength from their faith in Christ, and some organizations ...

    ... a new life in him means a life without drugs, alcohol, or guilt. Christian rehab centers help individuals recover ... with God. To help with relapse prevention, a Christian rehab program will emphasize the new life in Christ ... continue reading
  • Drug rehab in Israel

    Looking for drug rehab in Israel? Check out this program! When asked what his addiction is, Rabbi Eitan Eckstein, founder and CEO of the world-renowned Retorno International Jewish Center for Prevention and Treatment of Addictions, readily ...

    ... drug rehab in Israel? Check out this program! When asked what his addiction is, Rabbi Eitan Eckstein, founder and CEO of the world-renowned Retorno International Jewish Center for Prevention ... , mainly drugs, alcohol, and ... continue reading
  • Can I drug test my employees?

    Yes. You can drug test your employees but you should absolutely have a written drug policy in place first and make sure it follows all federal, state and local laws and regulations pertaining to workplace drug testing. Here, we review legal ...

    ... (amphetamines, cannabinoids, cocaine, opiates and phencyclidine) that are tested for in federal drug-testing programs and they require the use of drug labs certified by SAMHSA. Variables that affect the cost of emloyment ... continue reading
  • Psychological principles of addiction and its treatment

    Ever wonder where does addiction come from? Why can’t addicts stop ? While the brain and drug abuse may be connected, some addicts are compelled to use drugs to cope with early life development problems. Here, Dr. David H. Jacobs delves into how ...

    ... ? While the brain and drug abuse may be connected, some addicts are compelled to use drugs to cope with early life ... by the physician who began a fasting/group therapy program at Kaiser Permanente: It is hard to give up ... continue reading
  • Is relapse a part of recovery?

    Yes, relapse can be a part of addiction recovery. And while there are ways to prevent relapse , some addicts go through relapse within the continuum of their recovery. So how can you understand relapse and deal with it? We review here and invite ...

    ... . Almost instantly he was hooked. Ideas for relapse prevention flew out the window. He started taking higher doses ... lot of work ahead. In most cases, the drugs and/or alcohol have been used to mask deeper issues that they ... continue reading
  • Home treatment for addiction

    Treating addiction at home: How to access addiction support from home By Dolores Cloward, SMART Recovery® Online Volunteer If you are looking for help with addiction and ready for stop gambling self help or self help for alcoholism , SMART Recovery ...

    ... help you think your way through what you want and how to go about it. And, like other addiction recovery programs, SMART Recovery is free and accessible from home. It may be the only resource you need! The SMART Recovery ... continue reading
  • Is alcoholism rehab required to overcome alcohol addiction?

    Rehab = psychiatric treatment Call it what you will… a rehab clinic, in-patient counseling center, or an addiction treatment program. But the truth is, when you are admitted as an in-patient for substance abuse, you're actually entering a ...

    ... good chance that rehab is not an option. Most alcohol rehabs include complementary treatments Still, if you can afford ... are also many recovery forums, relapse prevention outline s and Facebook addiction recovery groups ... continue reading
  • Are inpatient drug and alcohol treatment centers always necessary?

    Can I get sober without a treatment center? The short answer is yes and the longer answer is yes. Now, please don’t get me wrong, thousands have received help through treatment facilities and 9 times this number or more have not. How is this? ...

    ... go to inpatient drug or alcohol rehab… 1. Enter a treatment center for the right reasons If you go to a treatment facility seeking a start to recovery, you must enter the facility (or any other recovery program) for the ... continue reading
  • What do the twelve steps of AA mean?

    The Program in Six Words Of course, if we are really looking to sum up the Steps, we shouldn't fail to mention the “Twelve Steps in Six Words” formula that is often attributed to AA cofounder Dr. Bob Smith : Trust God. Clean House. Help Others. ...

    ... Leviticus 19:16) is not simply a nice thing to do. It's an obligation. These three ideas are the program in a nutshell. In Part III of the God of Our Understanding Jewish Spirituality and Recovery from Addiction, we will ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Addiction Treatment

    Facing an alcohol problem? You are in the right place. In this article, we get to the bottom of how you get addicted to alcohol and what alcohol addiction feels like. Then, we list the most common symptoms that indicate addiction. At the end of the ...

    ... , moderate or severe alcohol abuse problem. This serves to better customize the treatment program to meet specific needs ... used during alcohol detox may include: Anticonvulsants Anti-nausea drugs Acamprosate Disulfiram ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse

    I drink…Is it a problem? It depends on HOW MUCH and WHY you drink! Alcohol, if consumed in moderate and controlled doses, can be an appropriate social activity. In fact, moderate drinking is even recommended by some medical experts. How much is ...

    ... factors (mixing alcohol with illicit or prescription drugs, biological makeup, ... alcohol recovery program suited to your individual needs. 2. Alcohol Treatment Centers – Alcohol addiction treatment programs and alcohol ... continue reading
  • Alcoholism and Alaska: Day 001 & Recover Alaska give new hope for drinking problems

    Are you an Alaskan? Do you struggle with drinking? When drinking crosses the line from moderate drinking and starts causing you serious problems, it is not a simple thing to handle. Even when the warning sings are telling you to stop, something can ...

    ... ADDICTION BLOG: What are the next steps people can take after identifying alcohol problem? Where do you refer people to find an effective recovery program? RECOVER ALASKA: The best first step an individual can take is to ... continue reading
  • What to do for a homeless family member? Recovery tools for a loved one in a crisis

    The distressed phone call Recently a friend contacted me because her daughter, Laura, and her boyfriend had broken up. They had been sharing a tiny apartment with his relatives and now she was asked to leave. Laura, who was drinking heavily, was ...

    ... keep it up for a lifetime.” “I will have a quiet half hour all by myself and relax.” “I will have a program. I will save myself from two pests: hurry and indecision.” Other slogans such as “Let Go and Let God,” “Keep an ... continue reading
  • Four legal consequences of substance use

    By Mark O'Brien, Senior Criminal Justice Policy Associate How can drug related offenses affect your future? Here, we review four (4) federal legal principles that can get in the way of recovery, and outline what we're doing to fight them. Then, we ...

    ... to have been arrested or convicted for the suspected drug or alcohol misuse. These policies include a three-year ban on ... in federal health care programs like: Medicare Medicaid State Block Grant programs Health care job ... continue reading
  • Is alcohol withdrawal dangerous?

    Yes. Alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous. Alcohol withdrawal can trigger serious conditions like seizure or psychotic episodes, or can even be fatal, especially in long-time or heavy drinkers. So, when should you seek medical treatment for alcohol ...

    ... on the first step in treatment for someone with an alcohol addiction. People diagnosed with drinking problems cannot expect to walk out of a detox program “cured” of their addiction. Counseling, residential treatment or ... continue reading
  • Dealing with the holiday “blues” in 12 step programs

    Overcoming the holiday blues My husband, Terry, died on Christmas Day. A suicide related to alcohol abuse. Now, many years later, as the holiday season approaches with its Black Friday sales, Salvation Army bell ringers, Christmas concerts, Santas ...

    ... died on Christmas Day. A suicide related to alcohol abuse. Now, many years later, as the ... decided to forgo this time honored ritual. “We learn in the program that we have choices. And this year I choose to not purchase ... continue reading
  • Should sober living houses be covered by insurance? INTERVIEW with Opportunities Halfway House

    Attention parents, law makers and regulators! Today, we speak with Brittany Ringersen of Opportunities Halfway House in Delray Beach, FL. We talk about the +’s and -‘s of using insurance to pay for sober living, as well as WHAT TO AVOID when ...

    ... house is one where residents are allowed to use drugs and alcohol while living there. You would think that this ... : Let’s move on to some more about your program at Opportunities…and your own recovery philosophy. Why did ... continue reading
  • Beyond fear and addiction: 5 ways to deal with fear in recovery

    Five Steps to Overcoming the Fear that's Holding You Back Change is scary. We are ever-evolving, learning, growing creations. Yet, in spite of the fact that we are constantly changing, a normal reaction to change is fear. You would think that we’d ...

    ... nearly two decades. My husband was addicted to alcohol and drugs. As painful as that situation was, it became ... support needed to keep you on track. Through their program you will be encouraged to find a sponsorѕa member ... continue reading
  • Addicts living at home: Are you hurting your kids?

    Children: Co-addiction Does Not End With You If you are in a relationship with an addict and children are involved ( co-addiction relationships ), you may need to deal with some consequences in the next generation. If you’ve started thinking, “ ...

    ... but I needed her to be able to open up about how she was feeling. I sent her to a community program that helped children of addicted parents. I knew that her walking away unscathed was not possible, but how much more she ... continue reading
  • Residential treatment for addiction: What to look for

    Thinking about residential treatment for addiction? Finding the right residential treatment for addiction can seem like a monumental task. There are so many options and choosing incorrectly could mean a bad experience …and often eave you still ...

    ... ' journey. Whether they are coming off of drugs, alcohol or any other substance, detox is necessary to ... boost for someone who is fighting an addiction. Family programs are often overlooked but they are a huge help when ... continue reading
  • Abstinence vs. harm reduction

    By Josh Thompson, Guest Contributor Alcohol addiction is a complex problem with no easy answers. Is alcohol abuse a mental illness ? Experts don’t agree. Even when it comes to peer-reviewed research on how to treat alcohol addiction, the studies ...

    ... comes to peer-reviewed research on how to treat alcohol addiction, the studies are often conflicting. Yet the ... based programs. But just because abstinence may be the best approach for many alcoholics and drug addicts ... continue reading
  • Documentary on Bill W.(Wilson)

    Recently, I handed out flyers for my new book, Some Are Sicker Than Others, at the screening of the documentary, Bill W. I didn’t even know this film had been made. But I am so thankful for it. Here’s why. 1. A rich history As I found with my ...

    ... W. that I never knew, even after four years in the program! What I learned is that he and I have a whole ... a half years, and would probably either be dead from alcohol poisoning or strapped down to a bed in some mental ... continue reading
  • A.A. relationships

    In A.A., they say to wait at least a year before entering into a relationship, the idea being before you can love somebody else you must first learn how to love yourself. But what if loving yourself just isn't possible? What if in order to love ...

    ... less likely to use a relationship as a substitute for drugs and alcohol. Of course, being the smart kid I thought I ... d like to say I relapsed and fell out of the program and ended up on the street eating from a trash can. ... continue reading
  • What does dual diagnosis mean?

    Problems with drugs and alcohol often co-exist with psychiatric disorders. Studies have shown that nearly one-third of those with a mental illness have also experienced substance abuse during their lives. Also, over one-third of alcohol abusers and ...

    ... diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder may turn to drugs or alcohol to relieve either the symptoms of their ... a treatment plan can be devised or the proper program recommended, a person must complete an initial assessment ... continue reading
  • Motivation to stop drinking

    So, what's your motivation to stop drinking? It’s more than just getting rid of a hangover . Sometimes the motivation to put down booze and live life sober can come from the outside. Maybe your doctor, your husband or wife, your partner, a parent ...

    ... alcohol-free life. SMART teaches self-help techniques based on psychological principles. As a scientific and reason-based program ... of change without at least one slip. Relapse prevention plans may help, but in the end, ... continue reading
  • Contingency management treatment for substance abuse

    Everyone needs recognition for a job well done. That’s just what contingency management (CM) does. Although critics claim that CM is an expensive way to bribe addicts for their sobriety, CM works. We review how and why here. What is contingency ...

    ... consistently. In this way, CM interventions can effectively help: reducing alcohol and drug use retain alcoholics and addicts in treatment programs improving medication compliance promote participation in complementary ... continue reading
  • How to prepare for a miracle in drug addiction & alcoholism recovery

    Recovery in a nutshell So, here’s basically recovery in a nutshell: addict gets tired of trying to make everything work; addict gives up and lets Higher Power take over; addict experiences unusual freedom, happiness, and usefulness as long as and ...

    ... effect. Would they? If we could all just snap our fingers and become selfless, we wouldn’t need to follow a program that trains us how to live in harmony with God; we’d already just being doing it. So do not be mistaken ... continue reading
  • Alcoholism Cure

    ARTICLE SUMMARY : Technically, there is no cure for alcoholism. However,it can be managed successfully when treated as a chronic disease. Learn more about medications, relapse prevention, and treatment strategies here. TABLE OF CONTENTS: Cure Rate ...

    ... on Drug ... programs are created for patients with mild levels of addiction. Moreover, these people have a supporting environment from loved ones. Call us to learn about our treatment guarantee. Alcohol Relapse Prevention ... continue reading
  • How You Can Quit Drinking For Good

    ARTICLE OVERVIEW: Alcohol can cause changes to the brain. It can literally alter decision making, judgment, and control. This article offers tips that can help you quit alcohol safely and effectively. ESTIMATED READING TIME: 10-15 minutes. TABLE OF ...

    ... records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , alcohol use causes 88,000 deaths a year! Also ... and strong will. Look for the right treatment program for you. Use SAMHSA’s treatment locator to ... continue reading
  • When Rehab Is a Revolving Door: What to Do When Alcohol Treatment Doesn’t Work

    Relapse as a Part of Treatment? What do most treatment centers do to prevent a relapse? Helping a patient detox from alcohol in a safe and stable environment is one thing; preventing that patient from ever abusing alcohol again is another thing ...

    ... Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Prevention, roughly 90% of people with alcohol-use disorder relapse within ... on results. The idea is not without merit. If drugs companies must publish the results of their medical trials, ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Withdrawal and Detox

    ARTICLE OVERVIEW: Alcohol withdrawal can be severe and very uncomfortable. Some symptoms, such as delirium tremens, can be dangerous or fatal. How do medical professionals treat withdrawal? We review here. TABLE OF CONTENT: Medical Detox, or Not? ...

    ... are essential for the prevention of Wernicke's encephalopathy. 3. Medications. Alcohol withdrawal can be ... because you can stick with a normal routine. Outpatient programs can be adjusted in length and may be extended for ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Symptoms and Warning Signs

    ARTICLE OVERVIEW: Drinking too much, too often is considered “alcohol abuse”. It can be a warning sign of a drinking problem. One major indication of alcoholism is physical dependence on alcohol. In this article, we review dependence and other ...

    ... mounts and years after you complete the program. Most common aftercare services include: ... million people aged 12 or older who need treatment for alcohol and/or drug use. But many people are not getting the help that ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Use

    From Recreational Use To Problem Drinking When people first start to drink, a drinking problem may be a long way from their minds. A glass of wine, a beer, or liquor bring people a sense of relief, make them more confident, and ease their ...

    ... withdrawal can be serious. Withdrawal symptoms are best addressed in an alcohol detox program under medical supervision. Finally, a person can become an alcoholic drinker after prolonged periods of drinking. A person ... continue reading
  • Dating and relationships after getting sober

    By Judith O'Callaghan New possibilities in early recovery Early recovery opens up a world of possibility. Along with the excitement of new beginnings, you might find that getting sober can be lonely. After all, you've given up so much! Even though ...

    ... a good working relationship with your sponsor, and a strong program of recovery. Plus, you'll attract someone who can vibe ... and Family Therapist, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Medication Assisted Treatment ... continue reading
  • Rehabilitate, Don't Incarcerate

    By Richard M. Knapp, JD/MBA Alternatives to imprisoning drug users What if there was a way to really make an impact on our society and the rampant drug epidemic that is taking over America? Did you know that according to a study done by the Federal ...

    ... offenders . As an alternative to incarcerating these minor drug offenders, what about using that money to put these same individuals into a treatment program? It would be far more effective for the individuals. Not to ... continue reading
  • Confabulation in families of addicts: What is the TRUTH???

    Becoming curious as we write our own stories As many of you might know after I was in Australia with Brené Brown, Ph.D. , I am continuing learning by taking an online/case consultation course to be certified in Daring Way and Rising Strong . I am ...

    ... the truth and accept reality? Here is an effective solution and program that anyone can use. At the end, we welcome your ... published in the Huffington Post, Journal of Alcohol Studies, Addiction Blog , Campus Recovery , ... continue reading
  • Treatments for alcohol addiction

    Personalized treatment is best…but what can you expect? The treatment of alcohol addiction is a multi-faceted process that involves: detoxification abstinence, and rehabilitation …usually through a residential programme followed up with ongoing ...

    ... they need to detox. This can involve replacement drugs to ease these symptoms which can usually be ... alcohol addiction first allows the psychological recovery to begin Abstinence - This is a structured treatment program ... continue reading
  • Rebuilding trust after addiction

    By Tina Muller, Mountainside Family Wellness Manager Just because you're out of rehab… Completing rehab is a great and wonderful accomplishment, but it doesn't mean that everything will be perfect right away. It will take time and effort to ...

    ... indiscretions. 7. Behavior/Time = Trust Actions speak louder than words. As you are working your recovery program and engaging in positive behaviors, your loved ones will notice, and your relationships will start to heal ... continue reading
  • How to intervene so an addict or alcoholic hears your message

    What We Can Learn from Patrick Kennedy’s Failed Intervention Patrick Kennedy’s account of the family intervention done on his father is one we have come to know well. Senator Kennedy wasn’t aware he was walking into a room where his family and ...

    ... Show Works Better than Confrontational Interventions For the last 13 years, I’ve run a program for families of those addicted to drugs and alcohol. 40% of all American families are affected by addiction. And yet they are ... continue reading
  • The urge for drink is back. Now what?

    Cravings are a part of recovery Cravings are intense feelings and desires to drink again. During alcoholism recovery, cravings are a usual and expected occurrence. Especially in early recovery , cravings can pop into your head out of nowhere. ...

    ... helpful for the treatment of alcoholism, but only as a part of the whole program. A complete alcohol addiction treatment should include psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral and educational sessions, individual and group ... continue reading
  • What is alcohol awareness and why is it important?

    Harold Clifton Urschel III, M.D., M.M.A. Chief Medical Strategist, Enterhealth Alcohol awareness is basically public information about the use and abuse of alcohol. More here on the latest alcohol research, studies, stats, and treatments regarding ...

    ... and far different from traditional 12-step programs. It starts with a complete medical and psychological assessment to create a personalized drug and alcohol addiction treatment plan. The team uses neuropsychology ... continue reading
  • Coping with life after getting sober: 3 TIPS!

    My name is Brian McAlister and my sober date is August 2, 1990. When I crawled into recovery 25 years ago I was a beaten and broken man. By following suggestions from people who were able to get and stay sober I learned how to stay sober too. The ...

    ... . I attend at least four to five meetings per week and I owe my sobriety to the strong foundation the program has given me. But I firmly believe the true joy of recovery is practising the principles in ALL my affairs ... continue reading
  • Does health insurance cover Acamprosate?

    Acamprosate is an effective treatment used in addressing alcohol dependency. While its mechanism of action is not understood, it is thought to decrease alcohol intake by affecting calcium channels and modifying transmission along GABA and glutamine ...

    ... prescription drug. Acamprosate cost with insurance There are two usual types of cost share programs insurance ... or to employers. Because acamprosate works to treat alcohol dependence , it should be an approved prescription ... continue reading
  • Does Campral help with alcoholism or alcohol withdrawal?

    Campral works by helping the brain work normally again after a period of regular, chronic, or heavy drinking. However, Campral does not prevent the withdrawal symptoms that people may experience when they stop drinking alcohol. Here, you’ll learn ...

    ... use Campral in alcohol treatment? 1. Drivers or operators of heavy machinery. Any psychoactive drug may impair ... only when used as a part of a treatment program that includes counseling and support. Campral help with ... continue reading
  • How to love an addict without enabling

    The Up and Downside of Truth “There is almost nothing outside of you that will help in any kind of lasting way, unless you are waiting for an organ. This is the most horrible truth.” – Ann Lamott This truth also can be the most liberating. But ...

    ... to loving someone who is chemically addicted to alcohol or drugs. What’s the antidote to these traps? ... my first twelve-step meeting and was told flat out, “This program is about you, not about your loved one.” Say what? ... continue reading
  • Addiction and long term recovery

    The great race: The first one to finish doesn’t win Recovery and self-care for the long-haul By Paul J. Wolanin MA, CADC The Marathon, Not the Sprint Recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is a marathon, not a sprint. Do you know how a sprinter ...

    ... , CADC The Marathon, Not the Sprint Recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is a marathon, not a sprint. Do ... problems I have. I learned all of this through 12-step programs. I learned to be patient and to not pray for ... continue reading
  • Does Antabuse help with alcohol cravings?

    It is not clear. Antabuse (disulfiram) can help decrease cravings for alcohol, albeit indirectly. Still, Antabuse's effects on craving have not been specifically evaluated or evidenced in research. However, disulfiram has been shown to interfere ...

    ... in water to the extent of about 20 mg in 100 mL, and in alcohol to the extent of about 3.8 g in 100 mL. Each tablet for ... its use in a specialty substance abuse treatment program. One study suggests that Antabuse might be ... continue reading
  • Is Campral addictive?

    No. Not only is Campral a non-addictive substance, it is actually a fairly safe medication and appears to have no potential for abuse. Tolerance or dependence on Campral have not been observed even in patients who were taking the medication for a ...

    ... the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved drugs intended for alcohol addiction treatment. Patients get the ... other treatments as a part of a full recovery program. But is acamprosate effective ? Yes, it can be ... continue reading
  • How long does Depade stay in your system?

    Depade is an oral form of naltrexone , a pure opioid antagonist used in the treatment of alcoholism and opiate addiction. It helps make drinking and drug use less desirable and can help address cravings. After oral administration, Depade is rapidly ...

    ... help decrease physical and psychological cravings for alcohol and opiate drugs. While it is not a magic ... pill, Depade can be successfully used as a part of a full addiction treatment program ... continue reading
  • How can I best help an alcoholic in need?

    Helping an alcoholic is not easy. Here, we review the actionable steps you can take to help an alcoholic when dealing with addiction in the family . Then, we invite your questions or comments at the end. In fact, we try to respond to all legitimate ...

    ... end up asking yourself: What can I do to help? Should I help them avoid alcohol by hiding it? Should I force them into a recovery program? Should I support them financially so they can get back on their feet? But when ... continue reading
  • Is acamprosate effective?

    Yes. Acamprosate (brand name Campral) is generally understood to be safe and effective in treating alcohol dependence and reducing relapse. It helps decrease alcohol craving by modulating and normalizing brain activity after a period of ...

    ... alcohol cravings, and is prescribed for up to a year after a person first stops drinking. It is most effective when used as part of a comprehensive management program ... kidneys as an almost unchanged drug (90% intact). This ... continue reading
  • My loved one is an addict: What do I do?

    Have you just discovered that your boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse has been using illicit or prescription drugs? You are not alone. There, we discuss how to cope with the situation by making an assessment. Guidelines here. Then, we invite your ...

    ... try to force them into a rehab or a 12 step program go to counseling with them try every idea you have read ... option Give your loved one an ultimatum, “it’s the drugs or me” If they are serious about getting help, set ... continue reading
  • All things in moderation? Not when it comes to addiction

    Is total abstinence too extreme? For decades now, the focus in drug addiction recovery has been the achievement of total abstinence. For those who have struggled due to addiction or alcoholism, one of their primary goals each and every day is to ...

    ... No. But unfortunately, cases like controlled drinking program successes or healthy patterns of weed use ... have in a session or otherwise attempt to control their drug or alcohol use, and most have tried to do so multiple ... continue reading
  • My husband is alcoholic! A book that can help…

    Dark Wine Waters: BOOK REVIEW Recently, we published an interview with Fran Simone, a recently retired Professor Emeritus from the graduate college of Marshall University in South Charleston, West Virginia. A couple of days later, a signed copy of ...

    ... is not enough against the complex disease of alcohol addiction. And that you cannot help your husband ... book ends with Simone’s recovery in a 12-step family program and the way she heals and reflects on the sailing through ... continue reading
  • Talking to college students about alcohol

    While it can be said the practice of binge drinking in college hasn’t statistically changed much overall since the 1980's, heavy drinking is a problem. Why? For a number of reasons, which, in an ever changing society creates more complex ...

    ... . This isn't necessarily something to minimize. 2. A high alcohol tolerance does not equal strength In a report published in June 2014 ... will typically benefit from a treatment program. 4. Blackouts are extremely risky ... continue reading
  • How to get and stay sober: BOOK REVIEW

    The book we review here, “The Couch of Willingness ” by husband and wife team Michael Pone and Maureen Palmer, gives us keys to sobriety from the inside-out. It tells the story of an addiction treatment professional who got caught up in ...

    ... experiences in a book, so that anyone struggling with alcohol problems can relate and learn. Addiction is a ... you from it, and while some people do have genetic programming ripe for its development, no one is immune. So ... continue reading
  • Can I drink in recovery?

    If you're a young person struggling with addiction, sober life often looks boring. You've overcome a monumental challenge by seeking help and going to treatment, but what now? You might say to yourself: “These twelve-step groups can help me stay ...

    ... you're in recovery from a specific drug, alcohol can lead back to that drug. Alcohol lowers inhibitions (one of the reasons it ... in recovery, but do allow it. The program also seeks to help people find motivation to ... continue reading
  • The family intervention process: Confrontation or community?

    Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) is an efficient alternative to confrontational interventions. In fact, the process helps address family dynamics and addiction in a holistic and committed way, rather than a one-time event. Here, ...

    ... family and friends to help a loved one with drug or alcohol abuse problems, but it also focuses on helping ... Research proves that you too can succeed with the CRAFT program. The methods are effective and easy to learn, and ... continue reading
  • After a drug or alcohol slip up

    After You Slip: What to Do to Get Back on Track Sometimes it’s less important to beat yourself up about WHY relapse occurs , and it’s more important to get back on track in your recovery. Relapse can happen, but it doesn’t have to derail your ...

    ... you're being honest with yourself and working a recovery program, you can catch the warning signs of relapse well ... aren't addressed, and it culminates in using drugs or alcohol again. If you don't catch yourself before ... continue reading
  • How do you prevent relapse?

    Can you prevent a relapse to drug or alcohol use? Absolutely. In addition to learning to cope with cravings , one important way to prevent relapse is to resolve feelings of guilt in addiction recovery . Additionally, you’ll need to learn to deal ...

    ... further motivation building as opposed to relapse or setback prevention planning. 2. Do not give up. This ... recovery. In order to continue to abstain from drugs and/or alcohol, it is important that you address setbacks as ... continue reading
  • Residential rehab for substance abuse: How to avoid getting ripped off

    What You Don't Know Can Hurt You By Michael Sigal, Founder - Book Your Care Some residential rehabs can be motivated by profit rather than wellness. But daily life during inpatient rehab should be recovery-oriented. So how can you choose the right ...

    ... is no response or a negative response to treatment? What if something takes place that necessitates leaving the program early? What if there is a medical emergency? What is the protocol for dealing with a patient in ... continue reading
  • Addiction recovery tips

    Change the recovery recipe Getting clean and sober for me was a terrifying prospect. Actually making the decision to take the necessary steps in order to get sober was much more terrifying than sobriety itself. Once I had a few weeks, months and ...

    ... in my life, my mind was not clouded by drugs and alcohol. I found that I was capable of doing just ... work for all people from all walks of life, in all sorts programs who believe all sorts of things. The law of change is ... continue reading
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