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Posted on November 23, 2015 in Addiction Recovery

Two Key Ingredients in Successful Long-Term Recovery, Backed by Science

This is the final installment in the five-part series, “Finding Addiction Treatment That Works.” Read Part One, Part TwoPart Three and Part Four.

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?

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Posted on November 16, 2015 in Addiction

5 Effective Therapies for Treating Addiction, Backed by Science – and How to Get Them Now

This is the fourth in a five-part series on “Finding Addiction Treatment That Works.” Read Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.

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:

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Posted on November 9, 2015 in Addiction

Three Medical ‘Must-Haves’ for Finding Addiction Treatment That Works

This is the third in a five-part series on “Finding Addiction Treatment That Works.” Read “Part One” and “Part Two.

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.

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Benefits of LGBT-Specific Treatment for Addiction

Posted on April 10, 2015 in Alcohol and Drug Treatment

Benefits of LGBT-Specific Treatment for Addiction

Research has repeatedly found that rates of substance abuse and addiction are higher among the LGBT community than in the general population. These individuals are free to seek a variety of types of treatment for substance abuse, but one such option is treatment designed specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. This can be a particularly effective option for many people in this community and can help them to avoid some of the pitfalls that can derail LGBT people during recovery.

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