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5 Can ignition interlock devices be a driving hazard?

Can ignition interlock devices be a driving hazard?

December 8th, 2008

In the absence of a parole officer, convicted drunk drivers are now taking breathalyzer tests before their car engines will even start…and they are breathing into the dashboard! Ignition interlock devices all over the U.S. require a BAC (blood alcohol consumption) level of .02-.04% before a car will start. But can the “rolling retest” for blood-alcohol levels endanger the lives of drivers and fellow travelers?

4 INTERVIEWS with addiction aftercare programs: STAGES

INTERVIEWS with addiction aftercare programs: STAGES

December 6th, 2008

To inaugurate a new interview series, we talk to Cole Watts of STAGES of Recovery in Lubbock, TX a sober living aftercare program targeting college students. STAGES three core concepts of recovery support, education and career development help guide university students in recovery. Can newly recovered university students really achieve sobriety in a college town? See for yourself.

13 Caffeine addiction withdrawal: A coffee addict gets off java

Caffeine addiction withdrawal: A coffee addict gets off java

December 3rd, 2008

Day three of no caffeine and feeling great. This post explores some of the reasons to stop drinking caffeine and some of the early positive effects of kicking a coffee habit. Do we really need to stimulate MORE mental activity in our culture? Do you?

4 Are HIV positive addicts and alcoholics treated equally?

Are HIV positive addicts and alcoholics treated equally?

December 1st, 2008

In honor of World AIDS Day 2008, we explore the ethical issues surrounding addiction treatment of patients diagnosed with HIV. Are these patients subject to discrimination? How possible is it really to treat ALL addicts equally? We explore if and how clinicians limit contact with HIV+ substance abusers and what we can do about it.

6 Top 10 steps in drug addiction intervention

Top 10 steps in drug addiction intervention

November 29th, 2008

Interventions are practices that aim to investigate a potential addiction problem and to motivate an individual to begin to do something about her substance abuse. This list indexes the intervention techniques used to address substance users. Although created for clinicians, these intervention techniques are also helpful for working the 12th Step.

5 Is exercise the new trend in drug and alcohol treatment ?

Is exercise the new trend in drug and alcohol treatment ?

November 24th, 2008

Alcohol and addiction treatment may have just gotten more plain and simple. New NIH grant money is being awarded to researchers to identify possible links between fitness and drug prevention and the benefits of exercise in drug rehab centers. Do addicts and the general population really need this PROOF before they’ll work out daily?

2 Higher IQ in children linked to adult alcohol use

Higher IQ in children linked to adult alcohol use

November 21st, 2008

So higher IQ might be a precursor of addiction. What steps can we take to prevent children and adolescents from the boredom, despair and anger associated with addiction … and offer meaningful alternatives to engaging addictive behaviour?

6 Can acupuncture, acupressure or Chinese medicine cure addiction?

Can acupuncture, acupressure or Chinese medicine cure addiction?

November 19th, 2008

Acupressure and acupuncture has been used by Chinese medical practitioners for thousands of years to treat illness and disease. The idea is that gentle stimulation and pressure applied to specific parts of the body can correct imbalances in the internal biofield. Can this therapy work to cure people of addiction?

17 Drug addiction treatment - Acupressure

Drug addiction treatment – Acupressure

November 19th, 2008

Acupressure and acupuncture are treatment alternatives that can help relieve symptoms of alcoholism and addiction. The system was created to bring energy to specific points in the body, and then to remove subtle blockages of energy. Try it out for yourself with this simple set of instructions and diagrams.

1 Top 10 Addiction PSA’s from the 80’s (part 3)

Top 10 Addiction PSA’s from the 80’s (part 3)

November 16th, 2008

The last of a three (3) part series, these drug prevention videos are a reminder that public service announcements can be low budget and effective, or high budget and really kind of wacky. In the end, it all comes down to the message. And the simpler, the better, in my opinion. What do you think?

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