The Importance of Considering Culture (and Questioning ‘Truth’) in Addiction TreatmentSeptember 18th, 2017
The combined effects of heating the body and eliminating toxins through the skin rejuvenates the body. But what happens exactly during an intense sweat ritual? And should a recovering alcoholic or addict attempt a heat cleanse in early recovery? How can regular doses of heat help addicts in everyday life?
Every year SAMHSA , the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, reports on the official trends in addiction, tallying up the numbers of addicts and their addictions. Most reports are published a couple of years later...so we look at figures from 2006. What do you think? Do the official numbers match the America that you experience? Are the Top 10 addictions close to reality or way off base? And guess who's NUMBER 1...
Youth. Happiness. Wealth. In each of these classic magazine images from the 50’s, we see life as it was idealized back then. But don’t you find it strange that the young chick ends up with a man her father’s age? And that health was a part of smoking? Something was seriously off in the 50’s. What else can you read into these illustrated fantasies?
12 Step sayings are a great way to express yourself and carry the message at the same time. These ten (10) recovery slogans have been hand-picked to represent classic sayings that you've probably heard expressed at 12-step program meetings. If you have more ideas, please send them in! Keep an eye out for the next slogan series on irreverent recovery slogans.
The White House urges parents to break into their kids' emails, instant messages and MySpace accounts - but are these common drug prevention practices? If my parents had secretly installed cookies, traced my phone calls and looked at my SMS phone messages I would have lost major respect. Is "The Anti-Drug" campaign off-track? Or is monitoring adolescent communication the new best thing for preventing drug and alcohol use?
Continuing our new interview series, we talk to Brian Dooley of the Way Station in Orange County, CA a treatment center that uses neurofeedback to treat brain conditions including autism, ADD, ADHD, addiction, anxiety and depression. I was attracted by the treatment center's pioneering use of biofeedback for addiction treatment, as the modality sits on the fringe of mainstream medical practice. We talk with Brian about their outpatient philosophy and the best practices Way Station uses today.
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?
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.
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?
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?
Electroencephalographic (EEG) biofeedback has been employed in substance abuse treatment for over three decades. But can this alternative modality of neurofeedback therapy work for addicts and the treatment of addiction?