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6 Drug and alcohol treatment aftercare: What is standard?

Drug and alcohol treatment aftercare: What is standard?

November 23rd, 2010

Any good drug or alcohol treatment center offers extensive aftercare and follow up. But what kind of drug and alcohol treatment aftercare is standard? And what new ideas might treatment centers start to use? We talk about novel approaches to drug treatment aftercare and ask you if you think drug rehabs are measuring up.

73 Methadone side effects

Methadone side effects

November 22nd, 2010

Methadone treatment for opiate addiction can be effective. But some doctors can be critical of the practice, usually an opinion based in ignorance of methadone and how it works. Dr. Jana Burson reviews the full spectrum of methadone side effects here, clearly outlining methadone side effects on the body so that you can be better informed.

5 Former heroin addict describes free drug rehab centers

Former heroin addict describes free drug rehab centers

November 19th, 2010

Former heroin addict, Richie Farrell, paints a picture of free drug rehab in his book "What's Left of Us". Intelligent, acute, and witty, the book is a keeper. As a true blue former heroin addict, Richie lets us in on the struggles, dangers, and pain of beating heroin addiction and emerging with what's left.

10 Teen drug abuse statistics: Top 5 government sites

Teen drug abuse statistics: Top 5 government sites

November 18th, 2010

Where can you go for the latest teen drug abuse statistics? We list the top 5 government websites where you can download teen drug abuse statistics here. Plus, we let you know where to go for extended teenage statistics for at risk youth, such as statistics on drug related deaths.

1 How do I get over resentment and anger?

How do I get over resentment and anger?

November 17th, 2010

From his book, "God of Our Understanding", Rabbi Shais Taub give us insight into how to get over resentment and anger, two debilitating emotions that can sabotage addiction recovery. Written from a Jewish theological view, this short excerpt is applicable to addicts wanting to understand: How do I get over resentment and anger?

Straight edge tattoos: Top 10 designs

Straight edge tattoos: Top 10 designs

November 16th, 2010

Straight edge tattoos vary in style as much as the straight edge lifestyle does. Here's a quick pick of classic straight edge tattoo designs (and some personal favorites).

40 Why do people drink alcohol?

Why do people drink alcohol?

November 14th, 2010

People drink alcohol for two reasons: taste or effect. But alcoholic people drink alcohol for different reasons. We explore the question, "Why do people drink alcohol?" here. Learn more about the effects drinking alcohol and the characteristics of alcoholic drinking here.

9 Addiction recovery basics: recovered or recovering?

Addiction recovery basics: recovered or recovering?

November 13th, 2010

In the 12 step rooms of programs like A.A., addiction recovery basics dictate that we break the cycle of denial and call ourselves alcoholics or addicts. But is it healthy to continue to identify and reinforce this type of self-definition after years of sobriety? We ask questions about the assumptions of addiction recovery basics here.

6 Decriminalized marijuana: Top 10 countries in the world

Decriminalized marijuana: Top 10 countries in the world

November 11th, 2010

Interested in decriminalized marijuana? From South America to Europe to the Middle East and back to North America... learn which countries rank highest in legal permission for the personal or medical consumption of marijuana here.

2 Jewish religion and the 12 step program of AA

Jewish religion and the 12 step program of AA

November 10th, 2010

Is the 12 step program of AA in accordance with Jewish religion? And how can Jewish people in recovery for addiction understand the 12 step program of AA in light of Jewish teachings about God? Rabbi Taub gives us some direction here.

243 Valium half life: How long does Valium stay in your system

Valium half life: How long does Valium stay in your system

November 7th, 2010

Valium is a long acting benzodiazepine and Valium can stay in your system for days. But how long should you wait before drug testing for Valium? We define Valium half life here and discuss the addictive nature of this central nervous system depressant. Plus, get info about how to evaluate Valium addiction.

8Adolescent drug abuse: are parents to blame?

Adolescent drug abuse: are parents to blame?

November 20th, 2010

As a new mother and a former addict, I am very conscious of the genetics of addiction. However, I think that adolescent drug abuse (and drinking) is can signal major mental health issues in a family. How can parents deal with issues of drug use, drug abuse and mental health needs of teens? Share your opinion about adolescent drug abuse here.

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Efficacy of methadone maintenance treatment

November 15th, 2010

Methadone doesn’t work for everyone. But the efficacy of methadone maintenance treatment has been documented since the 1990’s. Dr. Jana Burson tells us about the pharmacology of methadone, as well as the growing acceptance of methadone as valid treatment here.

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5Heroin withdrawal – what it’s really like

Heroin withdrawal – what it’s really like

November 12th, 2010

Heroin withdrawal generally takes 3-5 days but symptoms can linger for 7-10 days. Read on for a description of heroin withdrawal from a man who's been through it. From the book "What's Left of Us", Richie Farrell describes heroin withdrawal from the inside-out.

23Is buprenorphine an antidepressant?

Is buprenorphine an antidepressant?

November 9th, 2010

No, buprenorphine is not an antidepressant. But you might feel less depressed after taking buprenorphine (Suboxone or Subutex). More on buprenorphine and depression here.

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