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Common Myths About Depression Dispelled

Common Myths About Depression Dispelled As the recent suicide of Robin Williams has brought the topic of depression to the forefront, it is important that we dispel some very common myths about the disease – Yes, disease. Many individuals fail to recognize depression as a disease; rather, they assume that individuals choose this path. A survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that approximately 9.1% of Americans live with depression. Despite common misconception, depression does not affect a certain race, age, or sex. Depression sees no barriers, boundaries, or bank accounts. With the recent tragedy of Robin William’s suicide, it is apparent that depression can affect […]

Medications That Might Help Treat Alcoholism

Medications That Might Help Treat Alcoholism While it’s not talked about much, there are actually medications available that can aid patients in the treatment of alcoholism. What’s surprising is how few people, including medical professionals, know about them. The Journal of American Medicine Association (JAMA) released a paper earlier this year, which analyzed more than a 120 research studies. All of these studies focused on the benefits of Pharmacotherapy, or prescription medication, in the treatment of alcoholism. The majority of them looked at two medications, Naltrexone (Vivitrol) and Acamprosate (Campral). Both medications, according to the JAMA paper, made alcoholics less likely to drink, and when they did relapse, the meds […]

NIDA – 13 Principles for Effective Treatment of Addiction

NIDA – 13 Principles for Effective Treatment of Addiction The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is a federal agency affiliated with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and its mission is to use scientific research about drug and alcohol abuse to aid in prevention, treatment, and public policy. In 1999, NIDA issued 13 principles of effective treatment for drug addiction, and these principles still hold true today. These were formulated after years of research and evidence that shows all of these must be applied together for treatment to be successful. What Principles Do NIDA Consider Effective? 1. Treatment should be individualized to suit the needs of each person. 2. […]

Choosing Between Inpatient and Outpatient Addiction Treatment

Choosing Between Inpatient and Outpatient Addiction Treatment When it comes to addiction recovery, there are plenty of options to choose from, and the choice between inpatient and outpatient treatment is one of the first decisions to make. Each person is different and has a different set of challenges that can be more or less severe than the next person’s. The key is finding the most effective approach for an individual seeking help from issues of addiction. The first step in determining the best course of treatment comes after a thorough assessment by a qualified addiction specialist. Inpatient or Residential Treatment Programs are generally a minimum of 28 days but can […]

Shaking the Monkey – How Long Does Detox Take?

Shaking the Monkey – How Long Does Detox Take? Mention the word “detox” in conversation these days, and most everyone will assume you’re talking about a new fad diet, which likely involves some type of organic fruit and vegetable juices. However, for the 20 million people in the United States who struggle with addiction to drugs and alcohol, the word “detox” carries a much more serious meaning. Detoxification is the removal of toxic substances from a living organism, such as a human being that’s battled with long-term or short-term substance abuse issues. For many, the dread of experiencing painful withdrawal symptoms, which can arise during detox, is enough to keep […]

7 Designer Drugs Parents Should Know About

7 Designer Drugs Parents Should Know About Designer Drugs are a category of psychoactive narcotics created from synthetic chemicals to mirror the effects of other drugs. In some instances, a slight chemical modification can increase the potency of these illicit products, making them even more powerful, addictive and dangerous than they were previously. One reason for the rise of designer drugs is that often the chemicals used to make and manufacture them aren’t illegal at first. This allows for the legal sale of these products, either over the counter or through online retailers. While the law generally catches up to designer drugs, that doesn’t mean they disappear from circulation on […]

Dual Diagnosis vs Co-Occurring Disorders. Is There a Difference?

Dual Diagnosis vs Co-Occurring Disorders. Is There a Difference? This isn’t a riddle, so let’s be clear right from the start. There is no difference between a dual diagnosis and a co-occurring disorder (COD). They are two different terms for the same condition. Instead of comparing apples and oranges, it’s more like comparing apples and apples. Whatever term you prefer, this condition occurs when a person is suffering from both a chemical dependency and a mental illness. What are Some of the Most Common Co-occurring Disorders? Anxiety and addiction Post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction Bipolar disorder and addiction Depression and addiction Schizophrenia and addiction Personality disorder and addiction The phrase […]

An Evolving Prison Door? The Benefits of Drug Courts

The Benefits of Drug Courts So, here’s a complicated conundrum: many divisions of the federal government, including the Department of Health and Human Services, consider substance abuse and dependency a “public health problem.” After all, it’s widely advocated in the medical community and many U.S. government departments that addiction is a disease. So when there is a segment of the population with a treatable illness, it makes sense to get them the medical attention they need, right? Wrong. Many federal drug laws and mandatory sentencing guidelines treat substance abusers in the same way they handle dealers and smugglers. They send them to jail, even though a better alternative might be […]

These Aren’t Your Grandma’s Brownies: Marijuana Edibles

These Aren’t Your Grandma’s Brownies: Marijuana Edibles Pot has come a long way in the last 30 years, and to coin a phrase, not all of it has been “totally chill, man.” For instance, as the science of growing marijuana has evolved, levels of THC, its primary psychoactive ingredient, have also dramatically increased. Some strains of these modern buds have as much as triple the amount of THC as they did four decades earlier. No big deal, right? Actually, it’s quite the opposite. In states where either recreational or medicinal marijuana use is legal, pot related emergency room visits are on the rise. Experts, like Dr. Richard Zane, head of […]

No U-Turns? Why Relapse Isn’t Failure

No U-Turns? Why Relapse Isn’t Failure Though there’s been quite a bit of discussion about the issue, let’s take a moment and review the facts about addiction. Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease. Substance abuse actually alters the chemical structure of the brain. The result can be long term changes, resulting in self-destructive behavior even after an individual has accumulated months and years of sobriety. The truth is that rates of relapse among people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction are similar to other diseases, such as asthma, hypertension and Type 1 diabetes. “Thus, drug and alcohol addiction should be treated like any other chronic illness, with […]