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Drug and Alcohol Abuse Hotline Guide

Substance abuse hotlines are anonymous ways to discuss a person’s substance abuse and get help with the addiction. It may be difficult to admit you have a drug or alcohol...

Resources for Families and Loved Ones

One of the hardest things in life is to watch someone we love struggle with something we can’t fix for them. Addiction fits that bill: Ultimately, it’s up to your...

What to Do When a Coworker or Employee Is Addicted

Substance abuse in the workplace can be a serious problem for everyone involved. The risks are many and can include lost productivity, absenteeism, and workplace accidents. But what do you...

The Ripple Effect: Addiction’s Growing Impact

Have you ever spent time in nature, close to a body of water, smooth and clear, and had an overwhelming desire to skip some stones across the mirrored surface? In...

When Your Loved One Leaves Oxford

What Happens at Discharge? The next step for your loved one will depend on where they are in their recovery journey. Many Oxford alumni move to our sober living facility,...

For physicians: Levels of Care in Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Understanding Levels of Care in Substance Use Disorder Treatment Primary-care physicians have a front-line role in recognizing when a patient may have a problem with drugs or alcohol. With some...

Yoga instructor Blends 12-Step Training with Personal Journey

Six years after losing her 23-year-old son to a drug overdose, Kent Magee has found a powerful way to help others build their recovery from addiction — one breath at...

Rehabilitation vs. Incarceration: Rehabilitation in the Criminal Justice System

Drugs of abuse—including heroin, cocaine, and amphetamines—are illegal. Others—including marijuana and prescription drugs—could be considered illegal depending on where the user lives and whether or not the use has been...

How Long Does Narcan Last for Opiates?

For people who work on the front lines of the fight against addiction, Narcan is an incredibly valuable weapon. This medication could help to save lives, and there are many...

Acute Rehab: What Is It, and Is It for You?

Addiction treatment programs are designed for individuals, not groups of people. Programs are tailored to meet the very specific needs of someone who has an addiction, so treatment plans look...

Will Luxury Drug Rehab Be Covered by Your Insurance?

  Following the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, which most people simply refer to as Obamacare or the ACA, providers of insurance are required to...

Is Luxury Rehab More Effective in Curbing Addiction?

For many people, drug recovery conjures images of clinical detox facilities and foldable chairs in church basements. For others, rehab is more luxurious, quite literally; resorts that charge $30,000 a...

For physicians: Addiction screening in primary care

How primary-care physicians can integrate addiction screening, referrals into their practices When you refuse to refill a patient’s OxyContin prescription, they respond with screaming, threats, or even physical damage to...

Luxury Rehab vs. Regular Rehab: Is It Worth It?

Anyone can struggle with addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states in their Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment that this complex, chronic, and treatable disease of the brain requires a...

Myth #10: The 12 Steps are Old-School and Don’t Work Today

“Hi, I’m Jim, and I’m an addict.” Even for those who’ve never set foot in a 12-step meeting, that introduction is a familiar refrain. But with so many modern approaches...

Addiction Treatment Options for Seniors

According to information provided by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, an advocacy organization that provides information regarding substance abuse issues and treatment, substance abuse is a problem among...

How Can AARP Pay for Rehab?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, it is estimated that 2.5 million senior citizens have alcohol or drug abuse issues. Approximately...

Relapse Prevention Therapy for Addiction: What to Expect

According to most clinicians and the book Relapse Prevention: Maintenance and Strategies in the Treatment of Addictive Behaviors, there is a definitive dividing line between a person experiencing a lapse and a relapse. A lapse...

Can Modafinil Be Used to Help Treat Addiction?

Provigil (modafinil) is a central nervous system stimulant drug that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat the excessive daytime sleepiness that is associated with individuals who...

Is Clonidine Use Dangerous? Can it Be Abused?

Clonidine is a medication that can be safely used when prescribed by a doctor and taken as directed. Although there is some case report evidence that clonidine may have some...

Can Baclofen Be Used for Addiction Treatment?

Baclofen goes under the brand names Gablofen and Lioresal (as well as the discontinued brand Kemstro). Baclofen is a central nervous system depressant that is structurally related to the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric...

Taking Campral for Alcohol Abuse and Addiction: Is it Effective?

Campral (acamprosate) was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2004 as an adjunctive treatment for individuals who have alcohol use disorder. Campral is one of a handful of medications...

What to Look for When Choosing a Luxury Rehab Center

Addiction is a serious disease that afflicts millions of Americans every year. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 10.2 percent of Americans engaged in illicit drug...

What to Do After a Drug Relapse? (Next Steps)

It is important to understand that relapse is common. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates that drug addiction relapse rates are between 40 and 60 percent. The American Society of Addiction...

What Is a Typical Day in Rehab Really Like?

Addiction is a complex disease that can be effectively addressed with a specialized addiction treatment program that can be either residential, where the person remains on site for the duration...

Dangers of Substance Abuse for Seniors

The number of people over the age of 50 who abuse substances is expected to reach near 4.5 million by the year 2020, the journal Today’s Geriatric Medicine publishes. The National Council on...

At-Home Detox Dangers: Can You Do it Safely?

With around one out of every 12 American adults battling addiction in 2014, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), it is no surprise then that so many...

Common Drug Withdrawal Symptoms

Drug withdrawal can occur when a long-term user stops taking the substance and experiences symptoms due to the filtering of the drug from their system. Withdrawal is more likely if...

The 12-Step Program: What is It and Is it Right For Me?

The 12 Steps of the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) program are available on the official AA website. The written text is easy to read, but to truly understand each of the steps,...

What are the Benefits of Family Therapy for Drug Addiction?

What Is Family Therapy? Family psychotherapy is a specific type of group therapy where all of the clients in the therapeutic situation are related and treated by at least one...

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression – Does it Work?

What is the Difference Between Behavior and Cognitive Psychology? Principles from the behavior school of psychology and from the cognitive school of psychology were used to develop different forms of...

Motivational Interviewing: Stages of Change

What is Motivational Interviewing? Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a specific approach in psychotherapy that began when William Miller published an article that covered principles for interviewing individuals who were abusing alcohol. Later,...

In New 12-Step Walk, Landscaper Digs Deep for Meaning

Paths and patios reflect recovery’s journey, offer therapeutic tool From the early hours of morning, Bill Hewitt crouched down on his hands and knees, pulling jagged pieces from piles of...

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing is a form of counseling that attempts to change negative behavioral patterns by encouraging clients to explore and resolve their own ambivalence. Comparatively, it is more client-centered and...

Finding a Detox Center: What Should You Look For?

Detox from an intoxicant is a difficult process no matter what substance is involved. Detox refers to the process of the drug leaving the system until all, or almost all,...

Cold Turkey and Quick Detox: Is it Dangerous?

When addressing an addiction disorder, the first step in most treatment plans is detoxification, or detox, a process in which the addicted person stops taking the drug and lets it leave...

What are the Most Common Medications Used for Drug Detox?

Medications may not always be used in the detox and recovery process, but in some cases, they are helpful when used in combination with other therapies. The process of using...

How to Avoid Relapse Triggers After Drug Addiction

Relapse is a return to abusing drugs or alcohol after a period of being sober, or abstinent, and it is a common aspect of addiction recovery. The National Institute on Drug...

Aftercare

What Is Aftercare? Aftercare is continued care after the main addiction treatment program has been completed. The main function of aftercare is to prevent relapse during the first months after...

Yoga and Recovery

Yoga originates from an eastern spiritual philosophy, which is more than 5,000 years old. Yoga, in Sanskrit, means union. The original usage of this term referred to the yoking together of horses...

Nutrition and Recovery

Nutritional counseling, nutrient replacement, and rehydration are key components of recovery from substance abuse. Heavy alcohol and drug use depletes the body of the vitamins, minerals, and energy stores that...

Guide to Drug Detox: Risks and Tips to Safe Withdrawal

Detoxification, most commonly referred to as detox, is often the first step in the substance abuse treatment process. This process may last several days, or even weeks. Some detox treatment programs are...

Continuum of Care

What is it, and what can you expect from Oxford Treatment Center’s continuum of care? No two people’s reasons for drinking or using drugs, timelines for seeking out treatment, or...

When Your Loved One Relapses

Relapse is a common part of early recovery. How you respond to it is what's most important. AAC's Director of Family Programs offers six ways families can stay empowered and hopeful in responding to a loved one's relapse.

Returning to College in Recovery

You’re in recovery. The fog has lifted and you’re starting to think about what you want in life. You decide you want to go back to college, but you don’t...

Mindfulness Practice for Relapse Prevention

Practicing mindfulness through both daily meditation and attentive living can be a powerful tool to aid your recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol. Mindfulness is, “paying attention in a...

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