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A Second Chance to Overcome Addiction

Posted on November 5, 2015 in Recovery

By Meghan Vivo

Do you believe in second chances? Matt Eggleston does. And after you hear his story, you may, too.

When men and women struggling with addiction have reached their lowest point, Matt is there with a heartfelt message of hope. Once a prominent attorney and special judge in Tennessee, Matt’s addiction brought him to the brink of death. But treatment brought him back. Now sober for many years, Matt turned a decade of despair into a life of service.

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Online Training Improves Doctors’ Ability to Treat Substance Abuse

Posted on February 18, 2015 in Research & News

Online Training Improves Doctors’ Ability to Treat Substance AbuseIn many cases, non-specialized doctors known commonly as residents are the first medical professionals to encounter people affected by undiagnosed or untreated substance problems. However, for a number of reasons, residents may lack the skill or confidence to properly diagnose such problems or follow up a diagnosis with effective treatment recommendations. In a study published in October 2014 in the journal Academic Medicine, a team of American researchers assessed the potential effectiveness of a brief, online-based training regimen in improving the skills of residents who work with substance-affected patients.

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Which People Tend to Reenter Drug Treatment?

Posted on June 23, 2014 in Research & News

Addiction specialists and researchers know that significant numbers of people who undergo treatment for substance addiction will relapse back into active substance use. In some cases, relapses in previously treated individuals are severe enough to require reentry to a treatment program. In a study published in May 2014 in the journal Substance Abuse, a team of Spanish researchers investigated the common characteristics found in people who reenter treatment for drug addiction and compared those characteristics to the traits found in people who participate in drug treatment only once.

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Internet-Delivered Approach Helps Keep Addicts in Treatment

Posted on May 12, 2014 in Addiction Therapies

Internet-Delivered Approach Helps Keep Addicts in TreatmentAs a rule, effective substance treatment programs rely on in-person participation that takes place in either a one-on-one or group setting. However, advances in web-based technology now make it possible to supplement this standard treatment with remotely delivered therapy. In a study published in April 2014 in The American Journal of Psychiatry, researchers from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and over a dozen other institutions assessed the potential usefulness of one particular Internet-based approach, called the Therapeutic Education System, in augmenting the benefits of substance treatment delivered in a traditional setting. 

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Potential Neurotransmitter-Blocking Treatment for Drug Addiction

Posted on June 5, 2013 in Research & News

Potential Neurotransmitter-Blocking Treatment for Drug AddictionDrug addiction researchers have long noted the fact that people exposed to a drug of abuse frequently exhibit a high degree of willingness to seek that drug out in the future. The specific degree of willingness displayed by any given individual helps determine that individual’s risks for the eventual development of a drug addiction. According to a review released in 2011 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, much of the drive behind drug-seeking behavior stems from the effects of a neurotransmitting chemical in the brain called orexin or hypocretin. In the future, doctors may be able to reduce the risks for drug addiction and relapse with the help of therapies that block the effects of orexin in susceptible individuals.

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New Treatment Blocks the Addictive Effects of Opioid Drugs

Posted on May 21, 2013 in Prescription Drug Addiction

New Treatment Blocks the Addictive Effects of Opioid DrugsOpioids (also known as narcotics or opiates) are a group of natural and synthetic drugs that produce euphoria and block the sensation of pain by altering normal function in parts of the body that include the brain and spinal cord. Unfortunately, because of specific changes they make in the brain, both legal and illegal opioids are frequent subjects of drug abuse and drug addiction. In 2012, researchers from Australia’s University of Adelaide discovered that a medication—called (+)-naloxone or plus-naloxone—can potentially block the addictive effects of opioid drugs while still permitting the beneficial pain-relieving effects of morphine and other narcotic medications.

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Drug Rehab For Those in Prison

Posted on December 16, 2012 in Drug Crimes

Our prisons are overcrowded with people, a majority of whom are drug offenders. But thousands will sit and wait to find a spot in the federal Residential Drug Abuse Program, which offers a one year sentence reduction to inmates who successfully complete the drug rehab program.

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Methadone Without Counseling is a Recipe for Relapse

Posted on November 25, 2012 in Research & News

Recent research has emerged that indicates that methadone treatment for opiate addiction doesn’t need to be combined with counseling in order to be effective. The Federal Government currently mandates that anybody receiving methadone must also be receiving counseling, with only interim methadone treatment being available without additional treatment. This is highly restricted, which leaves many addicts on long waiting lists for standard treatment. Although this is far from ideal, prescribing methadone without counseling does nothing to address the underlying issues, which often contribute to addiction. There are numerous good points on both sides of this debate, so any calls for a change to current legislation need to be thoroughly evaluated before they’re implemented.

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Why Get Your Loved One a Life Coach in Prison?

Posted on November 21, 2012 in Drug Crimes

If you have a loved one who has been incarcerated for drug use or criminal activity, then you know how hard it is to show love without condoning their behavior. It’s heartbreaking to think that a loved one is suffering in prison with no one to help them, even though their own behavior earned them their sentence. However, there are some things that a family can do to help their loved one even while they are still incarcerated. If they were incarcerated for drugs, rehab is generally not an option. Their body has probably already gone through detox just by being in an isolated area, so rehab won’t be much help. What they do need is for someone to help them set goals and try to learn skills that will enable them to integrate back into society; this is the same with all inmates.

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Hypnotherapy for Addiction?

Posted on October 10, 2012 in Addiction Therapies

In recent years, the practice of hypnosis has been receiving a lot of positive publicity for its ability to help people make constructive changes in their lives. Hypnotherapists have helped their patients stop smoking, lose weight, reduce anxiety, and overcome insomnia, just to mention a few of their accomplishments, and the list of bad habits and behavioral issues that hypnosis has been used to treat has been expanding steadily.

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