Posted on December 7, 2015 in Addiction Recovery
Have you ever been lied to? If you’re a recovering addict, the answer is “yes.” That’s because by its very definition, addiction involves buying into the enormous lie that you cannot live without your drug of choice. And cravings are an especially persuasive tool that addiction uses to sell you its bill of goods.
Posted on November 23, 2015 in Addiction Recovery
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?
Posted on November 16, 2015 in Addiction
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:
Posted on November 9, 2015 in Addiction
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.
Posted on October 19, 2015 in Addiction Recovery
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?
Posted on July 30, 2015 in alcohol and drug addiction
Finding Addiction Treatment That Works: What to Look For and Questions to Ask When You Need Evidence-Based Treatment
This is the first in a five-part series.
Posted on June 4, 2015 in Addiction
Doctors must take several steps to tailor sex addiction treatment for women, according to recent findings from researchers at an American university.
Posted on April 10, 2015 in Alcohol and Drug Treatment
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.
Posted on January 28, 2015 in Alcohol and Drug News
Several crusading addiction researchers hope to cure addiction by stamping out the cravings attached to triggers or by using vaccines to destroy drugs in the body. The new drugs are promising, but mostly untested in humans. They have the potential to help millions of people.