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  • Is AA Creating Too Much Negativity During Addiction Recovery - There is no denying that AA does have benefits and that it has helped many people. It offers emotional support and people you can relate to. It provides a place to go to fill your time. It helps you reconnect with your morals and values, break down denial, educates its members and provides structure and hope. There is also no denying it is a largely outdated program with questionable success and religious affiliations rooted in prayer and spirituality as a cure. Despite AA’s claim that Continue Reading
  • Public vs. Private Addiction Treatment: Which is More Effective - Public vs. Private Addiction Treatment: Which is More Effective The United States of America and her people are now living through the worst period of drug abuse and addiction problems in our nation’s history. The addiction rates for nearly all commonly addictive drugs are well up compared to previous years, but by far the worst culprit in the moment is prescription opioid painkillers and thereby other opiates such as heroin. This situation has been dubbed the “opioid crisis” and the US Centers for Disease Control Continue Reading
  • Addicted & Pregnant: Is the Rehab Industry Properly Treating Substance Abusers - With the opioid crisis raging across states and media headlines in the US, public awareness of drug abuse and addiction has rarely, if ever, been higher. This means that more is being done now to prevent future addiction and to provide more accessible, and affordable treatment options for those who are already addicted than ever before. Despite these efforts, the numbers of people with drug abuse, or addiction problems in the US continue to rise. Clearly more must be done. Some actions that may help Continue Reading
  • Pros and Cons of the Minnesota Model of Addiction Treatment - Over the course of history, substance abuse and drug addiction have always been a problem. Never has this been more true than now, with addiction to opiates, and drug addiction in general at all-time highs. The last century or two have seen the discovery and production of more and more potent and addictive narcotic substances with the rise of cocaine, heroin, and many others. More modernly, we have seen many prescription drugs appear on the market and many drugs that were at first deemed “safe” Continue Reading
  • Maturing Out: Does This Addiction Approach Result in Lasting Sobriety - If you spent time in or around the field of drug addiction and rehabilitation, you may have heard of the recovery process of “maturing out.” Many people might not know exactly what is meant by “maturing out” so first, we will go over what it means. Maturing out is known by a few other names such as “natural recovery” or “spontaneous recovery” and generally refers to the process of an addict who naturally in the course of their life simply able to stop abusing the drug Continue Reading
  • 12 Step vs. Non-12 Step Models of Treatment: A Comparison of the Successes and Failures - The 12 Step Program Alcoholics Anonymous (or AA) was created in 1935 with the intention of forming a brotherhood of recovering alcoholics who would help each other recover and stay clean and help others suffering from alcoholism to do the same. It has since become the unofficial standard in addiction recovery programs in the United States and around the world. Many addiction treatment and recovery support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous and many others have formed around the original core principles of AA. Many doctors Continue Reading
  • Treating Addiction Like a Disease: Why It’s Continually Failing Addicts - Humanity has had a long and often unhappy relationship with drugs, alcohol and other harmful and addictive substances. Most likely for about as long as there have been people there has been addiction in some form or another. The oldest records we have found of what we might recognize as drug use come to us from the ancient Sumerian culture in 5000 B.C. These ancients are believed to have had knowledge of opium and its uses. They even had a written symbol that represented opium. Continue Reading
  • Are Non-Personalized Treatment Programs Leading Addicts to Relapse - For some time now our country has faced its worst ever peril of drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and addiction as both a psychological and physiological crisis. This has begged the question as to, “What are we doing about it, and why hasn’t the problem started to go down yet?” Though some might not know it, not only has the problem not started to go down, it has actually gotten considerably worse very quickly. One problem that we might be having is that our treatment methods Continue Reading
  • One Size Does Not Fit All: How to Choose the Right Addiction Program - There are many types of recovery, there is a slew of different types of addiction treatment, which leads to a huge variety of types of drug rehabs to choose from, and the trick is finding out the right one for you, or for your loved one who is addicted. The drug-related mortality rate in the United States is staggering, it suffers three times the average global rate of drug-related deaths. Not only in the U.S. are we plagued by this epidemic but the international illegal Continue Reading
  • 5 Complications That Can Stem From IV Drug Abuse - ‘IV’ drugs, or intravenous drugs, are illicit, prescription, or other drugs that are taken by injecting them directly into the bloodstream. A common example of an intravenous drug would be heroin. There are many other drugs, however, that can be taken intravenously. Taking any type of drug intravenously can be very dangerous and pose severe risks to the health of the user. The effects of intravenous drug use can be direct or comprehensive. In other words, complications can occur at or near the injection site Continue Reading

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