What happens after completion of rehab is critical to successful, long-term recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction. As many as 40% to 60% of patients treated for alcohol or another chemical dependency go back to using their drug(s) of choice within a year after treatment, for example, according to the physician-authored, clinical information resource UpToDate. That’s why securing “evidence-based” aftercare — aftercare that, based on results from clinical trials, is most likely to help you stay clean — is imperative. But what does that look like and how do you get it? Continue reading
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Are you looking for therapies with a proven track record for helping people recover from drug and alcohol addiction? Are you unsure how to get them for yourself or for a loved one? Today in part four of our series Finding Addiction Treatment That Works, we look at five therapies for treating addiction and dual diagnoses that are based on scientific studies and therefore qualify as “evidence-based” addiction treatment. Here they are, with some concluding pointers for how to ensure you’re getting them: Continue reading
Finding addiction treatment that works — “evidence-based treatment” — requires knowing what medical interventions you cannot do without. Addiction, after all, is a “primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry,” according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Effective treatment thus targets the disease and its physical and neurological causes and symptoms. These three medical “must-haves” and what to look for when exploring a prospective treatment program will help you find addiction treatment that works. Continue reading
“With my medication … I will be fine,” croons the English singer and songwriter, Lloyd Cole, in the tongue-in-cheek song, “Antidepressant,” on his 2006 album by that name.
Now, more and more of those seeking treatment for heroin or opioid addictions may be joining Cole’s chorus, thanks to groundbreaking federal policy changes that will award addiction treatment centers for providing medical aid to heroin addicts in the form of medications like Suboxone (buprenorphine). Continue reading
Recent research from a team of American scientists indicates that certain groups of young people have increased chances of participating in risky sexual behavior while improperly using a prescription medication. Continue reading
New findings from an American research team indicate that teenagers who feel addicted to marijuana have a sharply increased chance of consuming hashish, a more concentrated and powerful form of the plant-based drug cannabis. Continue reading
This is the second in a five-part series on “Finding Addiction Treatment That Works.” Read “Part One” here.
What are two buzzwords often used to vouch for the effectiveness of a prospective drug and alcohol rehab program, and what should they mean if they are to indicate addiction treatment that works? Continue reading
New evidence from a team of Portuguese and Croatian researchers points toward a fairly clear distinction between a healthy, naturally high sex drive and the damaging behavioral changes associated with sex addiction. Continue reading
Chemical solvents and aerosol propellants disguised as a drug called poppers may be putting gay men at risk of illness and possibly even death. Poppers are inhaled, and the substances they contain have a relatively benign reputation that may or may not be deserved. But when toxic solvents and propellants are inhaled, this activity is most commonly referred to as huffing, and this practice is considered to be one of the most treacherous forms of substance abuse known to humankind. Continue reading
Recent findings from a group of American researchers indicate that college students with the highest levels of alcohol intake are most likely to receive long-term benefits from brief alcohol interventions designed to curb dangerous drinking patterns.