There is no question that addiction recovery is hard work and that most of the relapses back into addictions occurs during the first year or recovery. What, then, can a recovering addict expect in the early stages of breaking free from their old lives? What can they expect in the first year and what can […]
An intervention is a term used by professionals in the field of addiction recovery that refers to an organized, specialized meeting in which family members, friends and concerned acquaintances (such as employers or family physicians) confront an addict with problems the addiction is causing.
Confronting the Addict
The standard concept for an intervention is to confront an […]
Addiction is a social term that is medically called Substance use disorder, which is considered to be a mental health condition. Alcohol dependence is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the world and seen as a major public health hazard. It is a serious condition with far-reaching personal, societal and public health […]
Substance use is a serious public and personal health issue. It becomes even more serious if adolescents are the patients as it contributes to major medical, psychological, and legal consequences later in life. There are a number of approaches to effectively handle this high-risk population.
Statistics from 2015 show that nearly half of U.S. high school […]
Substance abuse is a prevalent public health issue in rural areas. Rural adults are reported to have higher rates of substance abuse, which includes tobacco, methamphetamine, heroin, and prescription drugs.
It is an especially difficult problem to treat in rural areas due to limited healthcare resources available for prevention, treatment, and recovery. There are many factors […]
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is an approach that allows individuals to achieve a deeper awareness of themselves, their unconscious desires, motivations, and conflicts. This insight provides the individual with a choice to disrupt negative behavior (such as substance abuse) and change his/her lifestyle into a healthy one. Of course, one might choose not to put the gained […]
Contingency management therapy (CMT) is an approach that involves giving patients tangible rewards to reinforce positive behaviors such as abstinence. Studies have shown that incentive-based interventions are very effective in driving success in rehabilitation and recovery programs.
Voucher-based reinforcement (VBR) is a type of CMT that also motivates substance abusers to get vacated and more functional […]
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an important component of rehabilitation programs for substance abuse disorders. It allows the program to focus on individualized treatments as a way to help patients identify self-defeating thoughts and behaviors seen in addiction.
Patients suffering from substance use disorder tend to have destructive, negative thinking. They often recognize that these thought […]
While the rate of smoking has declined greatly over the last several decades, there are still 42 million Americans who still smoke. This problem becomes a major concern when you find your young son or daughter smoke. It may be even more striking if it’s your daughter. Let’s talk about how to address such a […]