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Date archive: July 2010

Open Family Interventions

Interventions used to always be very secretive, with the alcoholic being caught off guard by their well-meaning family. Newer practices, however, include enlisting the input of the alcoholic and making them a part of the intervention process. The Importance of an Intervention Interventions are sensitive procedures, and most people avoid them whenever possible. But there…

Drink Less Alcohol

“So you don’t think you have a drinking problem? Prove it.” How many times have we felt like saying this to someone? How many people should have said this to us? During the remainder of the summer, we’d like to issue a challenge: Stop drinking so much. Too Much Drinking Our society has glamorized alcohol to the…

The Final Hours before Treatment

So you have had enough of your drug or alcohol addiction, and maybe you’ve taken steps to get yourself into treatment. Or maybe your substance abuse has finally caught up to you and you are being forced into detox for family, financial, or legal reasons. Or maybe you are just finally seriously thinking of getting…

Are Our Drug Laws Too Tough?

Prescription drug abuse has risen dramatically in the last 12 years. The latest news from SAMHSA says that prescription painkiller abuse jumped 400% between 1998 and 2008. That’s not just a gradual increase that should be expected over time. This rise means this type of drug abuse is a huge problem in our country, and…

Holistic Rehab

Wouldn’t it be nice to be substance free? Not just heroin free, or oxycontin free, but also methadone free, alcohol free, even free from everyday crutches we may have gotten used to. Holistic treatment centers on overcoming substance abuse by looking at the whole person, by trying to get the big picture into focus, by…

Overmedicated Kids

Our children are exposed to more medication today than ever before. It’s sad when kids grow up thinking that taking a pill will solve all their problems, or will help them have a good time. Some parents are too quick to give their kids medication, even to the point of overmedicating. There are many tragic…

Helping Adult Children with an Addiction

As parents, we never want to see our children suffer, and it doesn’t change as they get older. Adult children that suffer with addiction do so because of choices they make in their lives, and it can negatively impact their whole family. A grown drug addict child can demand just as much attention and resources…

Generation Rx

Generation Rx is what the newest generation of young people in our country has been dubbed. This unfortunate name is sadly fitting, given the amount of prescription drugs these kids are surrounded by and abuse. Prescription pills are really everywhere. There is a pill for nearly every ailment, and rare is the person that lives…

Raves and Ecstasy

Young people’s use of drugs such as Ecstasy is increasing, despite warnings about such substances. Ecstasy is commonly seen in bars, at concerts, and at raves, and its popularity today suggests the message of its danger is not getting across. Ecstasy is a hallucinogen and a stimulant that is often smuggled into the U.S from…

Treating Criminals

The debate over whether we should offer treatment or punishment to drug-motivated criminals is still causing a stir. There are many people that support treating addicts that have committed crimes, but just as many people feel we should not give these people any special care. Drug Related Crime There are an estimated 2.3 million inmates…

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