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7 Incredible Addiction Treatment Transformations

In the past century, we’ve witnessed some incredible addiction treatment transformations.  For instance, 100 years ago, addicts were perceived as moral degenerates who needed to be punished for their substance abuse. Most of the “treament” methods involved what amounted to torture in prisons or asylums. These individuals suffered severe withdrawals as a result of this misguided attempt to correct their […]

The Truth About Maintaining Complete Sobriety

Most people agree that making a commitment to remain sober is the choice of an alcoholic in recovery. The view on alcoholism has always been that it is a decision completely of the mind.  But for most, maintaining complete sobriety is a daunting commitment, simply because drinking is considered a choice. Alcoholism for some is not a choice. Most medical […]

What is the Difference Between Detox and Withdrawal Management?

Is there a difference between detox and withdrawal management?  Professional organizations and clinicians believe so and have recently replaced the term “detox” with the term “withdrawal management.” They recognize that these two processes are not the same thing and that the term detox can be misleading.   Clarifying the Differences Between Detox and Withdrawal Management The World Health Organization (WHO) states […]

Age-Related Alcohol Use Disorder:  What You Should Know

Alcohol Use Disorder involves more than a person merely drinking excessively.  New research shows that there are five distinct types of AUD that a more prevalent at specific ages.  Of course, not everyone who has an alcohol use disorder is an alcoholic. Also, a person does not have to be an alcoholic to benefit from treatment for alcohol abuse.  So, […]

How You Can Play a Role in Reducing the Opioid Crisis

When we try to think of ways to contribute to reducing the opioid crisis, it’s hard to figure out where to begin.  Where should we apply our efforts to achieve the best results? Can only one person do anything that will genuinely make a difference?   Here’s the thing. If you can influence just one person to avoid drug use […]

The Importance of Support Groups in Addiction Recovery

If you have ever attended an addiction rehabilitation facility, you realize the importance of support groups in addiction recovery. Once you have completed your treatment program, the battle is not over. You must return home and learn how to deal with everyday living without the use of drugs or alcohol, something which you probably haven’t done for quite some time. […]

What You Need to Know About Choosing a Drug Rehab Program

Choosing a drug rehab program can be a confusing and frustrating process.  Whether you’re searching for a treatment facility for yourself or a loved one, you want to be sure you’ll find one that meets your expectations and needs. The abundance of information about rehabs can make you feel overwhelmed when it comes to narrowing it down to one facility.  […]

Why are Overdose Deaths Among Millennials on the Rise?

Between 2007 and 2017, drug-related overdose deaths among millennials (people aged 18 to 34) increased by 108%.  Opioid overdose death rates among millennials increased by more than 500% between 1999 and 2017.  Alcohol-related deaths among this age group were up 69% while suicides were up 35%. This information is provided by the non-profit Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and their […]

5 Important Differences Between Smart Recovery and 12-Step Programs

Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA, is a 12-step program founded in 1935 for people struggling with alcohol abuse. AA has a presence in most cities and rural communities across the United States. Narcotics Anonymous is a 12-step program founded in the 1950s. The purpose of the program is to address addiction to addictive substances. SMART Recovery is a relatively new organization, […]

Are There Benefits to Having Methadone Maintenance Treatment?

Methadone maintenance treatment is not something new to the methods of treating opioid addiction. Methadone maintenance treatment has been used since the 1950s for opioid-dependent patients. This drug is an opiate, and it is addictive. However, addiction to methadone is not the same as addiction to illegal opioids like heroin. What is Methadone and Methadone Maintenance Treatment? Methadone is classified […]

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