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Drug Rehab as an Out-Patient Is Not Successful

Posted under Drug Rehab

Out-patient drug rehab programs are the least successful form of treatment. Over the past few years I have worked with many families who have tried various out-patient programs and the consensus is that they are short term fixes, but offer no real long-term results. The biggest problem seems to be that the addict is still more…

Do Religious Drug Rehab Programs Work?

Posted under Drug Rehab

I’ve worked with many treatment centers over the years, and have attended a few as well, some faith-based, some secular, and some that appear to be secular but are, in fact, religious – traditional 12 step-based programs, for example, promote themselves as secular, but most of the meetings I attended pushed a Christian viewpoint as more…

Drug Rehab Could Require Professional Intervention

Posted under Drug Rehab, Intervention

I recently helped a woman whose son was addicted to heroin. He had been using cocaine since he was in high school and was now 26. He claimed to have attempted to quit on his own, but was never successful. His mother couldn’t convince him to get help, so she called me to find out more…

Drug Rehab with Replacement Drugs?

Posted under Drug Rehab

Researchers and scientists in the drug rehab field have been trying to focus most of their time and efforts into developing drugs to overcome addiction, but treating a chemical problem with more chemicals has never produced long-lasting, stable results in a drug rehab program. One recent push is the use of extended-release injectable naltrexone for more…

Prescription Drug Rehab Still a Growing Need

Posted under Drug Rehab, Hydrocodone, Morphine, Oxycodone, Painkillers, Percocet

The number of people seeking drug rehab for abuse of prescription painkillers continues to escalate. In fact, there was a 9 percent increase between 2004 and 2005, to 64,120 rehab admissions. These statistics were provided by the annual Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, and includes nearly more…

Drug Rehab Courts Save Lives and Money

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A drug rehab court is given the responsibility to handle cases involving substance-abusing offenders through supervision, drug testing, drug rehab services and immediate sanctions and incentives. There are approximately 1,800 drug rehab courts in existence or being planned. Drug rehab courts typically deal with non-violent drug offenders, with charges such as possession of an illegal more…

Drug Rehab is More Successful if it’s Long-Term

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It seems that the average drug treatment program is getting shorter and shorter. This is largely dictated by what insurance companies will pay, but a simple comparison of success rates and program lengths shows that the most successful drug rehab programs fall into the 90-180 day range. I have worked with thousands of individuals and more…

Drug Rehab Using Substitute Medications Does More Harm than Good

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I have been hearing from quite a few people lately who have tried treatment programs that use substitute medications. The problem with them, quite frankly, is that they just don’t work. One family I counseled not long ago had a son who had been to three such programs trying to handle his heroin addiction. Each more…

Drug Rehab May Be Helped by a Change of Environment

Posted under Drug Rehab

I recently worked with a man whose daughter needed help with her heroin addiction. She had been in and out of detox several times and had no success with any of the local programs. Regardless, she had taken it upon herself to check in, once again, to a detox program that only lasted five days, more…

Drug Courts Offer Addicts One Last Chance at Rehab

Posted under Drug Addiction, Drug Rehab, Legal Issues, Massachusetts

1,200 Massachusetts drug offenders are currently enrolled in the special “drug court” sessions where defendants are given one last chance: Commit to drug addiction treatment — and to intense supervision — and you’ll stay out of jail. Started in the 1990s, it is a program with a demonstrated record of success — addicts who participate more…

Gauging the Impact of Illegal Drug Use

Posted under Drug Rehab, Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine use, in particular, has been a growing problem in the rural South for years, reports The Herald Banner. Illegal drug use takes a heavy toll on families and relationships torn to the breaking point by chemical addiction and the poor decisions it causes people to make… Police statistics link drug use to property crimes more…

Drug Addiction Can Be Beaten

Posted under Drug Rehab, Marijuana, Pennsylvania

A year ago David Fetterer’s life was plunging further and further into desperation as a result of his marijuana addiction. But instead of giving up and losing his wife and children, he cheeked into a drug rehab center and beat his addiction. Now he is one of five Pennsylvanians who are being honored for turning more…

How Much Does Drug Rehab Cost?

Posted under Drug Rehab, Treatment

When looking at the overall cost of drug rehab programs, there are several things to consider. One of them is, what is the cost if you don’t try to rehabilitate? This means crime, incarceration, lives lost, broken families, spread of disease, etc. This also is a number that multiplies each year the addiction is left more…

California Drug Rehab Treatment Funding Under Review

Posted under California, Drug Rehab

A recent LA Times Editorial criticized Governor Schwarzenegger for reducing and diverting drug rehab treatment funds from California’s Proposition 36 into a different fund that would provide the money to the counties who use it the most, but with restrictions. Proposition 36 was overwhelmingly passed in a statewide vote in 2000 to approve funding for more…

Drug Rehab Threatened by FDA Attempt to Regulate Supplements

Posted under Alcohol, Drug Rehab

Some drug rehab centers are concerned about a guidance document that is currently on the Food and Drug Administration’s Docket (FDA No. 2006D-0480) that reveals plans to reclassify all vegetable juices, herbs and vitamins as FDA regulated drugs. Even things like massage oils and massage rocks will be classified as “medical devices”. According to the more…

More Prescriptions Given to Addicts as Alternative to Real Drug Rehab

Posted under Drug Rehab, Prescription Drugs

According to a recent article, NIDA (National Institute on Drug Addiction) is set to begin a study through New York University’s Medical Center that would provide those addicted to prescription pain pills, more pills to “wean” them off the drugs. This is a similar concept that the methadone maintenance programs use to wean people off more…

“Addiction” series on HBO stirring controversy

Posted under Drug Addiction, Drug Rehab, Treatment, Young People

A new documentary series on HBO that has been airing in recent weeks has been creating buzz about the use of medications in the treatment of drug abuse. As we announced a few months ago, this show is actually 9 short films by various directors and many are promoting the use of medications as a more…

Required Drug Rehab

Posted under Drug Rehab

Presently, the Russian government is considering passing a bill that would require all child drug addicts to get into treatment. The bill would require all children under the age of 16 to attend treatment after going through a judicial procedure. Parents’ consent would be required for those legally living with parents but for all other more…

Are drug dependence and addiction the same?

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction

The short answer is probably no, but there is a longer explanation. Drug addiction is often characterized as compulsive, drug seeking behavior due to physical and/or mental dependency on a drug, despite knowingly causing damage to oneself and others regardless of consequence. Someone who is drug dependent may not exhibit the compulsive drug-seeking and may more…

When is detox necessary versus drug rehab?

Posted under Benzodiazepines, Drug Detox, Drug Rehab, Prescription Drugs, Valium

Most people’s definition of detoxification is simply just withdrawing from the drug. In most cases, a medically-supervised withdrawal is not necessary, especially with most stimulants and even painkillers and heroin, although it is often preferred with the latter two. Even though a common aide is to have someone ‘sleep it off,’ alcohol and some other more…

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