Today’s drug addiction treatment can be summarized in two main principles: stabilization and education. We talk to Dr. David Sack, a psychiatrist and the CEO of Promises Treatment in Malibu, CA who offers us a look at the role of addiction treatment centers and the two main principles of drug addiction treatment.
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.
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.
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?
America is a country of over 23.6 million addicts … And BeatingAddiction.com is a social network that wants to help. Any addict. Any addiction. Read about the ideas and the beliefs behind this unique community as we talk to founder Alexander Kintis. We explore the WHY? WHAT? and WHO? of Beating Addiction in this interview.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?