Surviving the 12 Steps: Advice for Newcomers and Not-So-Newcomers to AA and NA

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and other 12-Step programs are excellent ways to augment outpatient or inpatient drug rehab. Though they do not provide addiction treatment because they are peer-run, they do offer an excellent source of support to those who are new to sobriety and those who have years invested in abstinent living. […]

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The 10-Year Drug Test

Are you the same person today that you were 10 years ago? Five years ago? Last year? Would you like that person – or pieces of that time in your life – brought back up with a few key strokes by anyone on your friend list at any time? A new search function on Facebook […]

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ACA and Drug Rehab: Projected Flood of Addicted Patients Hasn’t Materialized

Countless controversies arose with the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and one of them was the upset over how the projected flood of addicts and mental health patients – now with insurance plans covering the cost of drug rehab and mental health treatment services – would suddenly overrun rehabilitation programs that are already […]

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The Number One Narcotic Overdose Drug in the ER

A new study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine found that painkillers are the driving force behind an estimated two-thirds of all narcotic overdose admissions in emergency rooms across the country, according to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. OxyContin, Lortab, Percodan and Percocet – these are just a few of the […]

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5 Benefits of Personalized Addiction Treatment

After initial stabilization in detox, the first step in recovery should be an in-depth evaluation and assessment. This allows the treatment team to identify all obstacles to recovery and to create an individualized treatment plan to address those issues. Medical health, emotional health, specific life challenges – all these will be addressed through directed therapies […]

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Dual Diagnosis Treatment: Therapies That Work

Having a Dual Diagnosis, or living with both a substance abuse disorder and a mental health disorder, is an increasingly common occurrence in the United States. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) reports that more than half of those who are drug-dependent and more than a quarter of those who are alcohol-dependent are also […]

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Prescription Drug Overdose Deaths Decreasing Slowly

After a decade of continually skyrocketing rates of overdose caused by prescription painkiller use and abuse, the numbers are finally starting to level out, according to a report recently released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Though they are not yet decreasing each year, the pace of increase is somewhat slower. USA Today reports […]

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