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Archives for May, 2012


How Long Is ‘Long-Term’ Drug Rehab?

As a result of numerous outcome studies conducted in the past decade, there is a growing consensus that for those who can manage it, long-term addiction treatment is the most effective option. We frequently meet the addict who bounces from 30-day rehab to 30-day rehab, only to hold onto their sobriety after staying in treatment for many months.

Thirty days of residential treatment used to be the generally accepted standard in treatment. Why...
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Top 5 Reasons Women Relapse

Women don’t want to admit it. Their families often turn a blind eye. Yet drug and alcohol addictions that were once considered a man’s problem now affect an estimated million women.

Women have different reasons than men for using drugs and tend to become addicted faster and after using smaller amounts of drugs than their male counterparts. They also have different reasons for relapsing. Here are the top five challenges that pose...
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Public Policy

Promising Change in Drug Policy Replaces Punishment with Treatment

It is the sign of a healthy society when government faces its mistakes and develops more effective policies. This is a process we see unfolding as the government reconsiders its drug policy and sets forth a “new national approach” that focuses on treatment rather than punishment.

In April, the Obama Administration released its 2012 National Drug Control Strategy, which builds on the President’s inaugural National Drug Control Strategy, published in 2010....
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5 Early Signs You’re Getting Addicted to Your Pain Medication

We often read about how to tell if we're addicted to prescription painkillers and what to do if we are addicted. But what about the early signs – signs that could indicate the need to take action before we become dependent?

Few people wake up one morning suddenly addicted to prescription opiates. The process is typically more gradual, which means there are numerous opportunities for early intervention. Here are the earliest signs that your use...
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Addiction Research

Could Rewriting Memories Help Prevent Relapse?

Long before I began working in residential addiction treatment programs, I spent much of my career in hospitals and community-based treatment settings. In working with disadvantaged populations in community treatment programs, it became clear to me that only limited improvement can be achieved with medication alone.

There are many changes in people’s brains and behaviors that must take place for them to lead fulfilling lives.

Despite a growing body of neuroscientific research, we have...
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