Month: May 2013

Benefits of Non 12 Step Programs

Many people fail to realize that matters related to alcohol or drug addiction can be as serious as matters related to life and death.  Addiction is detrimental and not only effects the addict but everyone around him or her.  To help such individuals overcome their addiction there are numerous drug and alcohol rehab programs available. The most common type of program offered by all the major rehabs is the 12-step program. However, since addiction problems vary from individual to individual several cases have shown that this treatment might not be suitable for every person. A large part of this treatment program is based on preparing the patient for the day they leave the rehab rather than working on the underlying causes that actually affect the person. Everybody is aware of the fact that recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction is not easy and it requires a lot of commitment to change ones life around. Today, rehabs have become places to learn how to live a healthier and happier life as well as receive tools that can help addicts live substance free.   The most effective way to achieve sobriety is to stay in a reputable rehab center for a minimum of 30 days. The reason why you should consider opting for a non-12 step alcohol treatment or drug rehab program is that it creates a self-empowering approach to recovery...

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The Role of Antidepressants, Naltrexone and Behavioral Therapy in Keeping Addicts Abstinent

Did you know? Naltrexone is an opioid receptor that is used as an antagonist for treating alcohol and opioid dependence. It assists in lowering cravings for drugs and alcohol. It has been found that combining naltrexone with the antidepressant sertraline (or Zoloft) is more effective than taking either drug alone in lowering relapse for people who are dependent on alcohol and are also dealing with depression. Helen M. Pettinati, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and her teammates reported that when sertraline (Zoloft) and cognitive behavioral therapy are given, 53.7% of alcohol-dependent and depressed patients were sober for a median of 98 days,. Also, 21.3% to 27.5% of those who took either drug alone of placebo were clean and sober for fewer than 30 days. Published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the study involved 170 patients who had both alcohol dependence and depression issues. Those who had other substance dependence issues or mental illnesses other than depression were not included in the study. The patients were randomly spread to either double placebo, sertraline at 200mg/day plus placebo, naltrexone at 100 mg/day plus placebo, or both drugs at the said doses for 14 weeks. All the patients also took part in cognitive behavioral therapy. In order to measure alcohol dependence, the researchers looked at the percentage of patients who were absolutely sober during treatment as well as...

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Causes of Teen Drug Abuse and its Effects

Adolescence is a time of experimentation. This is the period when parents are worried about their children trying new things such as drugs and alcohol. Drug and Alcohol Abuse in teenagers is a concern. As stats reveal, a significant percentage of teenagers abuse drugs and alcohol at one time or another. Whether we talk of binge drinking or consuming ecstasy pills, many teenagers end up experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Teenagers who abuse drugs end up putting their health and safety at risk. As a parent, it’s natural for you to be concerned about the safety and well-being of your child. Why teens abuse drugs? Impulsive behavior and peer pressure are two of the major factors that make teenagers prone to drug and alcohol abuse. Many teenagers consume alcohol and drugs out of the desire to fit in among their friends. Insecurity, low self-esteem, problems in academics and poor social skills may also drive teenagers to alcohol and drugs. A family history and substance abuse and poor parenting are also the possible causes of drug and alcohol abuse. Effects of Teen Drug Abuse Drug and alcohol abuse can cause serious health problems in teenagers. In addition to short term health effects such as: insomnia lack of concentration trembling of hands anxiety There are also many long term negative health effects of drug and alcohol consumption. Drug and alcohol abuse has...

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Dealing With Cocaine Addiction

Drug addiction has become quite common among the youth in the USA and is turning out to be a major issue. Drugs like cocaine, heroin and various opiates are widely taken by the youngsters for the sensations of euphoria and heightened self-confidence. Around 35.3 million Americans ages 12 and older reported to having used cocaine in the year 2006. Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant that can have a variety of adverse effects on the body and mind. The drug usually appears in powdered form and is cut with various fillers like baking soda and local anesthetics to increase its weight. Cocaine can also be cut with other drugs such as methamphetamine. Regardless of the method of administration there are high chances of the individuals taking an overdose of the drug which can result in cardiac arrest or seizures followed by respiratory arrest.  Drug addiction treatment is crucial at this point. Most Common Method of Cocaine Administration snorting injecting smoking swallowing chewing it in leaf form Effects of cocaine can last from 20 minutes to a few hours depending on the dosage and purity of the drug. As soon as a person takes cocaine, hyperactivity, increased blood pressure & heart rate, restlessness and euphoria are experienced.  What causes addiction is that the euphoria is often followed by feelings of depression and an intense craving to experience the euphoria again....

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RSS Addiction News

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    Until there’s a social consensus, it bears repeating that addiction is a complex and complicated disease of the brain. People develop the condition for a variety of different reasons, which makes plotting out an effective treatment approach a challenge for patients, physicians, therapists and other addiction healthcare specialists. That said, the treatment of addiction continues […]
  • Driving Under the Influence Just Got a Lot Weirder February 14, 2018
    In all 50 states, the legal blood alcohol limit (BAC) for anyone operating a motor vehicle is .08, though advocates continue pressuring legislators to bring it down to a .05 BAC. Public awareness campaigns, new laws and stricter penalties regarding DUI violators were launched in the mid 1970s. The original campaigns highlighted the gruesome realities […]
  • Hygge [hew-guh] to Beat the Winter Blues and Improve Mental Health: The Danes Know What They’re Doing February 7, 2018
    As the grip of post-holiday wintertime clamps down on North America, it’s all too common to allow the shorter days, frigid temperatures and stress of getting back to work push us into isolation, both physically and mentally. In Denmark, where the average temperature in January is about 28 degrees Fahrenheit and 0 degrees in February, […]

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