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How Does Being Defensive Undermine Your Quest for Recovery?

There are many ways that being defensive can undermine the quest toward recovery. To do this, many addicts resort to using defense mechanisms that allow him or her to continue with their destructive behaviors. The addiction will convince its victims not to stop any way it can so that the behavior can continue. Denial of

Is Inpatient Care Necessary for Cocaine Withdrawal?

Inpatient care is not always a necessity, and it often depends on the individual and their specific situation as to whether or not a treatment will be beneficial to them. Cocaine withdrawal can often be extremely intense, and in some rare cases, dangerous, so it is important to consider the possibility that residential treatment may

How Long Does Cocaine Withdrawal Treatment Typically Last?

The cocaine withdrawal syndrome itself can last a very long time, from six months to two years. This can be incredibly difficult on the user; however, treatment does not necessarily need to last this long. Its main purpose is to minimize the symptoms associated with cocaine dependence and reduce the chance of relapse. Treating Acute


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What is Methamphetamine? What is Crystal Meth? How is Meth Used?


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Crystal meth is short for crystal methamphetamine. It is just one form of the drug methamphetamine.

Methamphetamine is a white crystalline drug that people take by snorting it (inhaling through the nose), smoking it or injecting it with a needle. Some even take it orally, but all develop a strong desire to continue using it because the drug creates a false sense of happiness and well-being—a rush (strong feeling) of confidence, hyperactiveness and energy. One also experiences decreased appetite. These drug effects generally last from six to eight hours, but can last up to twenty-four hours.

The first experience might involve some pleasure, but from the start, methamphetamine begins to destroy the user’s life.

Meth user in 2002
. and 2 1/2 years later

What is Methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine is an illegal drug in the same class as cocaine and other powerful street drugs. It has many nicknames— meth, crank, chalk or speed being the most common. (See the list of street names. )

Crystal meth is used by individuals of all ages, but is most commonly used as a “club drug,” taken while partying in night clubs or at rave parties. Its most common street names are ice or glass.

It is a dangerous and potent chemical and, as with all drugs, a poison that first acts as a stimulant but then begins to systematically destroy the body. Thus it is associated with serious health conditions, including memory loss, aggression, psychotic behavior and potential heart and brain damage.

Highly addictive, meth burns up the body’s resources, creating a devastating dependence that can only be relieved by taking more of the drug.

Crystal meth’s effect is highly concentrated, and many users report getting hooked (addicted) from the first time they use it.

“I tried it once and BOOM! I was addicted,” said one meth addict who lost his family, friends, his profession as a musician and ended up homeless.

Consequently, it is one of the hardest drug addictions to treat and many die in its grip.

“I started using crystal meth when I was a senior in high school. Before my first semester of college was up, meth became such a big problem that I had to drop out. I looked like I had chicken pox, from hours of staring at myself in the mirror and picking at myself. I spent all my time either doing meth, or trying to get it.”
—Anne Marie


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Substance Abuse and Addiction – Topic Overview

Is this topic for you?

This topic is about alcohol abuse and dependence in adults. For information about alcohol problems in teens or children, see the topic Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse .

What are alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence?

Alcohol abuse means having unhealthy or dangerous drinking habits, such as drinking every day or drinking too much at a time. Alcohol abuse can harm your relationships. cause you to miss work, and lead to legal problems such as driving while drunk (intoxicated). When you abuse alcohol, you continue to drink even though you know your drinking is causing problems.

If you continue to abuse alcohol, it can lead to alcohol dependence. Alcohol dependence is also called alcoholism. You are physically or mentally addicted to alcohol. You have a strong need, or craving, to drink. You feel like you must drink just to get by.

You might be dependent on alcohol if you have three or more of the following problems in a year:

  • You cannot quit drinking or control how much you drink.
  • You need to drink more to get the same effect.
  • You have withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking. These include feeling sick to your stomach. sweating. shakiness, and anxiety .
  • You spend a lot of time drinking and recovering from drinking, or you have given up other activities so you can drink.
  • You have tried to quit drinking or to cut back the amount you drink but haven’t been able to.
  • You continue to drink even though it harms your relationships and causes physical problems.

Alcoholism is a long-term (chronic) disease. It’s not a weakness or a lack of willpower. Like many other diseases, it has a course that can be predicted, has known symptoms, and is influenced by your genes and your life situation.

How much drinking is too much?

Alcohol is part of many people’s lives and may have a place in cultural and family traditions. It can sometimes be hard to know when you begin to drink too much.

You are at risk of drinking too much and should talk to your doctor if you are: 1

  • A woman who has more than 3 drinks at one time or more than 7 drinks a week. A standard drink is 1 can of beer, 1 glass of wine, or 1 mixed drink.
  • A man who has more than 4 drinks at one time or more than 14 drinks a week.

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What are some signs of alcohol abuse or dependence?

Certain behaviors may mean that you’re having trouble with alcohol. These include:

  • Drinking in the morning, often being drunk for long periods of time, or drinking alone.
  • Changing what you drink, such as switching from beer to wine because you think it will help you drink less or keep you from getting drunk.
  • Feeling guilty after drinking.
  • Making excuses for your drinking or doing things to hide your drinking, such as buying alcohol at different stores.
  • Not remembering what you did while you were drinking (blackouts).
  • Worrying that you won’t get enough alcohol for an evening or weekend.

How are alcohol problems diagnosed?

Alcohol problems may be diagnosed at a routine doctor visit or when you see your doctor for another problem. If a partner or friend thinks you have an alcohol problem, he or she may urge you to see your doctor.

Your doctor will ask questions about your symptoms and past health, and he or she will do a physical exam and sometimes a mental health assessment. The mental health assessment checks to see whether you may have a mental health problem, such as depression .

Your doctor also may ask questions or do tests to look for health problems linked to alcohol, such as cirrhosis .

How are they treated?

Treatment depends on how bad your alcohol problem is. Some people are able to cut back to a moderate level of drinking with help from a counselor. People who are addicted to alcohol may need medical treatment and may need to stay in a hospital or treatment center.

Your doctor may decide you need detoxification. or detox, before you start treatment. You need detox when you are physically addicted to alcohol. When you go through detox, you may need medicine to help with withdrawal symptoms.

After detox, you focus on staying alcohol-free, or sober. Most people receive some type of therapy, such as group counseling. You also may need medicine to help you stay sober.

When you are sober, you’ve taken the first step toward recovery. To gain full recovery, you need to take steps to improve other areas of your life, such as learning to deal with work and family. This makes it easier to stay sober.

You will likely need support to stay sober and in recovery. This can include counseling and support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous. Recovery is a long-term process, not something you can achieve in a few weeks.

Treatment doesn’t focus on alcohol use alone. It addresses other parts of your life, like your relationships. work, medical problems, and living situation. Treatment and recovery support you in making positive changes so you can live without alcohol.


What can you do if you or another person has a problem with alcohol?

If you feel you have an alcohol problem, get help. Even if you are successful in other areas of your life, visit a doctor or go to a self-help group. The earlier you get help, the easier it will be to cut back or quit.

Helping someone with an alcohol problem is hard. If you’re covering for the person, you need to stop. For example, don’t make excuses for the person when he or she misses work.

You may be able to help by talking to the person about what his or her drinking does to you and others. Talk to the person in private, when the person is not using drugs or alcohol and when you are both calm. If the person agrees to get help, call for an appointment right away. Don’t wait.

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Opiate Addiction Detox Florida – Opiate Addiction Treatment New Jersey –


Opiate addiction

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Opium Poppy Husks

Opiates are a class of drug that is derived from the opium poppy, most commonly heroin and many narcotic pain medications which are some of the most addictive and harmful of drugs. There are also synthetic opiates that don’t come from the poppy plant, but which have a similar effect. Many prescription drugs are opiates, including Oxycontin, Percocet, Lorcet, Vicodin, Dilaudid and MSContin. People who abuse heroin or pain medications gradually develop a habit, having to take a certain amount of the drug every day in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms. This habit will intensify over time as more drugs will be needed to maintain the same effect.

Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms

The length of time these opiate detox symptoms persist also varies. A small habit may result in a short opiate withdrawal period of 3 or 4 days and only produce a few withdrawal symptoms. Larger habits may cause detox symptoms that last for weeks. The typical opiate withdrawal period is around 7 days, with the most intense symptoms peaking about 72 hours after last use. Because of the length of the physical and psychological withdrawal process, it is extremely difficult for people to get through it without the help of a detox center like Sunrise Detox. Most people will break down after 2 or 3 days and return to using the opiates, and feeding their opiate addiction.

Some detox centers do not medicate their patients during withdrawal. This unpleasant method is known as “cold turkey” and here at Sunrise Detox, we don’t believe in it. Opiate withdrawal symptoms can produce potentially dangerous health situations including elevation in blood pressure and dehydration. Left untreated, the pain of the withdrawal symptoms can make it psychologically difficult to stay in the detoxification facility and makes the client more likely to leave detox prematurely.

That said, other opiate detox facilities will overmedicate patients to the point where they are incoherent throughout their stay. They will medicate with large doses of other opiates or methadone for 7 days and discharge the patient with minimal follow-up. Substituting other drugs for the opiates only delays the onset of withdrawal symptoms. The person will leave the program feeling fine, but fall back into full-blown withdrawal as the detox medications wear off.

At Sunrise Detox, we use a mainly buprenorphine-based medication that effectively manages opiate withdrawal symptoms. This medication allows our clients to remain comfortable and alert during their stay with us. We supplement the buprenorphine with a number of other medications to treat any discomfort that may arise. Buprenorphine also allows the client to leave detox with virtually no withdrawal symptoms. This opiate addiction detox even works with synthetic opiates, like methadone.

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Reflective Practice in Social Work #social #worker, #social #work, #clinical, #medical,


Eye on Ethics

Reflective Practice in Social Work — The Ethical Dimension
By Frederic G. Reamer, PhD
April 2013

Recently, I received an urgent voicemail message from a hospital social worker: “Please get back to me as soon as possible. I have a meeting tomorrow morning with our head of human resources, and I’m very nervous about it.”

Later in the day, I connected with the social worker and learned the following: He had been employed by the hospital for seven years and had never been disciplined. His current predicament began when his immediate supervisor called him in to discuss concerns about possible boundary violations and an alleged inappropriate dual relationship with a hospital patient. The social worker explained to me that in his personal life he is actively involved in a community-based group of parents who adopted children from China. The group sponsors a wide range of activities to support and enhance the children’s ethnic identity. Through this involvement, the social worker said, he and his wife had become very friendly with several other adoptive parents.

About three weeks earlier, one of the parents who had become a good friend was admitted to the social worker’s hospital for treatment of a chronic, debilitating infection. The friend did not receive social work services. During the friend’s hospital stay, the social worker occasionally stopped by his room to say hello and inquire about the friend’s health. The patient’s attending physician had collaborated professionally with the social worker in other hospital cases and was well aware of the patient’s friendship with the social worker.

One afternoon during the patient’s hospital stay, the physician contacted the social worker and explained that the patient was distraught after having just learned that he was diagnosed with bone cancer. According to the social worker, the physician asked the social worker to visit the patient and offer emotional support. The social worker visited the patient in his room and spent about an hour helping his friend process the distressing medical news.

The social worker documented this patient encounter in the hospital chart. During a random quality-control review of social workers’ chart entries, the hospital’s social work supervisor read the note and became concerned because the social worker had not been assigned to provide social work services to this patient. The supervisor learned of the social worker and patient’s friendship and notified the director of human resources, who documented this “incident” in the social worker’s personnel record and asked to meet with the social worker.

The Nature of Reflective Practice
In 1983, the late scholar Donald Schon published his influential and groundbreaking book The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action . Schon’s thesis, based on his extensive empirical research, was that the most skilled and effective professionals have the ability to pay critical attention to the way they conduct their work at the same time that they do their work. Schon coined the terms “knowing-in-action” and “reflection-in-action,” which suggest that some professionals can take a step back and think hard about what they are doing while they are doing it. The concepts are akin to the widely used social work concept “use of self.”

Ordinarily the concepts of knowing-in-action and reflection-in-action are applied to practitioners’ cultivation and use of technical skill, whether in surgery, architecture, town planning, engineering, dentistry, or psychotherapy. In my view, and as the above case demonstrates, social workers would do well to extend the application of these compelling concepts to their identification and management of ethical issues in the profession. Ideally, effective practitioners would have the ability to recognize and address ethical issues and challenges as they arise in the immediate context of their work, not later when someone else points them out. Put another way, social workers would have a refined “ethics radar” that increases their ability to detect and respond to ethical issues.

Of course, the most important benefit is client protection. However, an important by-product is self-protection, that is, the increased likelihood that social workers will protect themselves from ethics-related complaints.

Implementing Reflective Ethics Practice
Certainly the hospital social worker who called me with panic in his voice would have benefited from reflective ethics practice and highly sensitive ethics radar. Had he reflected on the ethical dimensions of the boundary challenges that emerged when he interacted with his friend and hospital patient, it is likely that this well-meaning practitioner would have avoided his unpleasant encounter with the human resources department. The social worker’s decision to visit his friend was not the error; that was a humane and compassionate gesture. The error, rather, was not reflecting on his role in that moment and managing the boundaries carefully, including discussing them with his friend and his supervisor.

In my experience, ethics-related reflection-in-action entails three key elements.

Knowledge: Skillful management of many ethical dilemmas requires knowledge of core concepts and prevailing standards. Ethics concepts are addressed in professional literature and standards exist in several forms, including relevant codes of ethics, agency policies, statutes, and regulations. For example, the National Association of Social Workers’ Codeof Ethics includes explicit standards pertaining to boundaries, dual relationships, and conflicts of interest (especially section 1.06). It would have been best for the hospital-based social worker to consult relevant literature and standards with regard to conflicts that can arise when a social worker encounters a friend or social acquaintance in the work setting. The hospital’s personnel policies also prohibit dual relationships that involve conflicts of interest.

In some cases, although not all, statutes and regulations address ethical issues. In the United States, both federal and state laws address various ethical issues, such as confidentiality, privileged communication, informed consent, and social workers’ ethical conduct. Such laws would not have been particularly helpful in the hospital social worker’s case, but often they are helpful and critically important, for example, when social workers must decide whether to disclose confidential information without clients’ consent to protect a third party from harm or whether parental consent is necessary to provide services to minors who seek help with substance abuse but insist that this information be withheld from their parents.

Transparency: Reflective social workers who sense an ethical issue share their concern with supervisors, colleagues, and appropriate administrators. An effective way to protect clients and practitioners alike is to avoid any suggestion that the ethical issue is being handled “in the dark.” Such clarity demonstrates social workers’ good faith efforts to manage ethical dilemmas responsibly. When appropriate, clients should be included in the conversation.

Process: Although some ethical decisions are clear-cut, many are not. The hospital social worker who contacted me was unsure about the best way to manage his involvement with a good friend who had become a patient. Unfortunately, the social worker did not notify his supervisor about the dilemma or seek consultation. He documented his lengthy hospital-room encounter with the patient, but doing so in the client’s hospital chart created the impression that the social worker was functioning in his professional capacity, not as a friend. My hunch is that had the social worker notified his supervisor of his friendship with the patient and made clear that any contact with the patient occurred as a friend, the social worker may have avoided any adverse personnel issues. What I have learned is that many ethical decisions are not simple events; they require a considerable, often painstaking, process.

During the course of the profession’s history, social workers have refined the art of reflective practice. Historically, these skills have been applied primarily to clinical, policy, advocacy, and administrative functions. Clearly, reflective practice should extend to ethics as well.

— Frederic G. Reamer, PhD, is a professor in the graduate program of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College. He is the author of many books and articles, and his research has addressed mental health, healthcare, criminal justice, and professional ethics.


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Ontario Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers – Alcohol and Drug Rehab



At Bayridge, we strongly believe in a more holistic systemic approach. We like to look at the bigger picture, the whole person. So although medications are great, they don’t solve the whole problem because you are more than just some chemicals. We often say, “Meds are like water wings, they keep you floating but they don’t teach you how to swim!”

Where People Need People

Located in the heart of Windsor Ontario, Brentwood is a non-denominational recovery home that has served over 20,000 men and women primarily from Windsor and Essex County; however clients come from all over Canada and the United States. The facility is set on nine acres with three main buildings and a pavilion. It is staffed by 37 employees including certified counsellors and medical staff.

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Canadian Centre for Addictions is a private drug and alcohol rehab that provides superior client-centered addiction treatment. The other focus is relapse-prevention. Clients who have been through CCFA

Where Healing Begins

Canadian Health Recovery Centre approaches addiction as both behavioural and biochemical in nature. Our orthomolecular treatment model is uniquely tailored to benefit the individual suffering from addiction and concurrent mental health issues – cravings are reduced and neurotransmitter function is improved – paving the way for counselling to be more effective.

Caritas Project is a Therapeutic Community with a multi-dimensional approach to recovery. This approach encompasses the physical, mental, spiritual, social, emotional and vocational needs of a human being in a highly structured, family-like environment. The Caritas 25 month program is well known for its great impact in achieving a total change in lifestyle. Caritas is a registered charity, partially funded by the Ministry of Health and continues to sustain the majority of its work relying on public donations and community support.

The Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre is Eastern Ontario ’s only non-profit, community based agency dedicated exclusively to helping youth, between the ages of 13-18, overcome substance abuse issues and other related challenges in order to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Homewood Health is Canada’s leader in mental health and addiction services. With over 130 years of experience, we achieve outstanding outcomes every day through our national network of nearly 4000 employees and clinical experts, and through the Homewood Health Centre – one of Canada’s largest and leading facilities for medical treatment of mental health and addiction disorders.

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New Awakenings is an all-inclusive treatment program for men suffering from alcohol and drug and substance abuse issues. We provide a highly individualized, holistic approach to treatment where social, psychological, physical and spiritual needs are assessed and reviewed throughout the treatment process.


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Drug & alcohol rehab treatment centers: Canadian Drug Rehab Centres #canadian


Canadian Drug Rehab Centres

The Canadian Drug Rehab Centres directory was created to address the increasing demand for current and comprehensive resources relating to residential treatment programs and outpatient rehabilitation programs in Canada only .

With the assistance of professionals within the addictions recovery industry, Canadian Drug Rehab Centres is dedicated to providing a wide-ranging selection of the most up-to-date listings for:

Within these categories you�ll be sure to find additional information about halfway houses, sober living houses, detox facilities, addiction counselling services, intervention services, 12 step support groups and much, much more.

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Treatment Options for Prescription Drug Addiction #addiction, #drug #addiction, #methadone, #suboxone,


Treating an Addiction to Painkillers

Opioid addiction isn’t a moral or mental weakness. It’s a chronic medical condition that results from changes in the brain in susceptible people. Once narcotic addiction has developed, escaping the cycle of detox and relapse is typically a long-term process.

Breaking free of prescription drug abuse takes much more than willpower. Fortunately, medications and counseling can improve the chances of success. Newer drugs like buprenorphine (sometimes combined with naloxone. a combination called Suboxone), naltrexone (given by mouth as the drug Revia or by a monthly injection called Vivitrol ), and traditional therapies like methadone along with12-step programs are helping thousands of people stay on the road to recovery.

Physical Dependence and Detoxification

Narcotic addiction leads to real changes in certain areas of the brain. Prescription drug addiction alters the circuits responsible for mood and “reward” behaviors.

In addition, long-term prescription drug abuse affects virtually all the systems in the body. Cutting off the supply abruptly leads to opioid withdrawal symptoms.

Symptoms of opioid withdrawal include:

But for someone with an established narcotic addiction, a list of symptoms doesn’t capture the agony of opioid withdrawal. The syndrome is intensely unpleasant, and people will do almost anything to avoid it.

Opioid withdrawal lasts from hours to several days — and sometimes weeks — depending on how long and how much a person has used their drug of choice. After the intense initial symptoms subside, some physical and mental discomfort may persist for weeks.

Medications for Opioid Withdrawal

Opioid withdrawal is difficult to endure, and is a major reason for relapse and continued prescription drug abuse. Medications are used to prevent symptoms of opioid withdrawal during detox, easing the person out of physical dependence:

Methadone is a long-acting opioid drug. It activates the same opioid receptors as other narcotics, effectively eliminating withdrawal symptoms. Providing the correct dose of methadone prevents opioid withdrawal symptoms and eases drug craving but it does not provide the euphoria. The dose can be slowly tapered off, freeing the person from physical dependence without withdrawal symptoms. Methadone is the most effective known treatment for narcotic addiction.


Buprenorphine alone (Subutex ) or buprenorphine plus naloxone (Suboxone) is a newer drug that helps with detox from opioid addiction. Buprenorphine activates opioid receptors, reducing drug craving and preventing withdrawal. Naloxone helps prevent misuse of the medication. Subutex is typically used for acute opiate detoxification, while Suboxone is used either for acute detoxification or maintenance prevention of opiate relapse.

Clonidine is a blood pressure medicine that acts on the brain. Clonidine reduces the effects of the “fight or flight” response, which is over-activated during opioid withdrawal. However, clonidine does not reduce drug craving and is less effective when used alone.

“Rapid detox” programs claim to accelerate the process of detox and opioid withdrawal by giving large doses of opioid blocking drugs. Some programs place an addict under general anesthesia during the detox process. These programs have not proven to be more effective than traditional methods of detox, and may be more dangerous.

Maintenance Therapy After Detox

Completing detox subdues the physical effects of narcotic addiction and opioid withdrawal. But experts say psychological and social factors are the main drivers that push addicts back to using. Stress and situations that remind the brain of the drug’s pleasure are common triggers.

When drug cravings strike, they can be extremely hard to resist. Most people who only go through detox and short-term counseling without maintenance treatment will most likely relapse to prescription drug abuse.

Studies show that the chances of beating narcotic addiction are better with long-term maintenance therapy with either methadone or buprenorphine paired with naloxone (Zubsolv, Bunavail, Suboxone) . These drugs are used during the maintenance phase of treatment. People on these drugs are still opioid-dependent, but they are often freed from their destructive drug addiction. They can return to work, drive without impairment, and function normally in society. Naloxone has also been combined with oxycontin ( Targiniq ER ) to deter abuse by snorting or injecting the drug. A person can still become addicted by taking it orally, however.

Methadone is the best-studied, most effective method of recovery from narcotic addiction. Suboxone, while newer, has gained wide acceptance as maintenance therapy.


A form of buprenorphone than can be implanted under the skin (called Probuphine ) is now available to help prevent opiate relapse in people who have already completed detox and are stable on an oral form of buprenorphine. It provides a constant dose of buprenorphine for six months.

Some people have a high rate of relapse when maintenance therapy is stopped, and so they remain on the medicines indefinitely. In others, maintenance therapy is tapered off over months to years.

Naltrexone (ReVia, Vivitrol) is an opiate receptor-blocking medication used in maintenance therapy for narcotic addiction. Unlike methadone and Suboxone, naltrexone does not activate receptors at all, so it does not reduce opioid withdrawal or craving. However, because naltrexone blocks opiate receptors, a person won’t get high if he or she uses drugs while taking the medicine. The drug is is most effective when used as part of a broader comprehensive recovery treatment program.

Counseling and 12-Step Programs

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is an international network of community-based meetings for those recovering from drug addiction. Modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), NA is a 12-step program with a defined process for overcoming narcotic addiction.

NA is an abstinence-based program. In principle, NA is opposed to the use of maintenance therapy. Methadone Anonymous is a 12-step program that acknowledges the value of methadone or Suboxone in recovery from narcotic addiction.

Most experts and treatment centers recommend participation in a 12-step-based treatment program or other form of counseling. Therapy can take place as an outpatient, or in a residential facility. Alternatives to 12-step-based programs include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Family and couples therapy

Recovery from prescription drug addiction can be expensive. However, it is far less costly in comparison with the cost of addiction and continuous use of drugs.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on July 16, 2016


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Canine Distemper Signs & Symptoms – Canine Distemper #addiction #recovery #jokes


Canine Distemper Signs & Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms of Distemper

Macrophages (cells that ingest foreign disease-carrying organisms, like viruses and bacteria) carry inhaled CDV to nearby lymph nodes where it begins replicating (reproducing). It spreads rapidly through the lymphatic tissue and infects all the lymphoid organs within 2 to 5 days. By days six to nine, the virus spreads to the blood (viremia). It then spreads to the surface epithelium (lining) of the respiratory, gastrointestinal, urogenital, and central nervous systems, where it begins doing the damage that causes the symptoms of canine distemper.

Early symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, and mild eye inflammation that may only last a day or two. Symptoms become more serious and noticeable as the disease progresses.

The initial symptom is fever (103°F to 106°F), which usually peaks 3 to 6 days after infection. The fever often goes unnoticed and may peak again a few days later. Dogs may experience eye and nose discharge, depression, and loss of appetite (anorexia). After the fever, symptoms vary considerably, depending on the strain of the virus and the dog’s immunity.

Many dogs experience gastrointestinal and respiratory symptoms. such as:

  • Conjunctivitis (discharge from the eye)
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever (usually present but unnoticed)
  • Pneumonia (cough, labored breathing)
  • Rhinitis (runny nose)
  • Vomiting

These symptoms are often exacerbated by secondary bacterial infections. Dogs almost always develop encephalomyelitis (an inflammation of the brain and spinal cord), the symptoms of which are variable and progressive. Most dogs that die from distemper, die from neurological complications such as the following:

  • Ataxia (muscle incoordination)
  • Depression
  • Hyperesthesia (increased sensitivity to sensory stimuli, such as pain or touch)
  • Myoclonus (muscle twitching or spasm), which can become disabling
  • Paralysis
  • Paresis (partial or incomplete paralysis)
  • Progressive deterioration of mental abilities
  • Progressive deterioration of motor skills
  • Seizures that can affect any part of the body (One type of seizure that affects the head, and is unique to distemper, is sometimes referred to as a “chewing gum fit” because the dog appears to be chewing gum.)

Many dogs experience symptoms of the eye:

  • Inflammation of the eye (either keratoconjunctivitis, inflammation of the cornea and conjunctiva, or chorioretinitis, inflammation of the choroid and retina)
  • Lesions on the retina (the innermost layer of the eye)
  • Optic neuritis (inflammation of the optic nerve which leads to blindness)

Two relatively minor conditions that often become chronic, even in dogs that recover are:

  • Enamel hypoplasia (unenameled teeth that erode quickly in puppies whose permanent teeth haven’t erupted yet—the virus kills all the cells that make teeth enamel)
  • Hyperkeratosis (hardening of the foot pads and nose)

In utero infection of fetuses is rare, but can happen. This can lead to spontaneous abortion, persistent infection in newborn puppies, or the birth of normal looking puppies that rapidly develop symptoms and die within 4 to 6 weeks.

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Published: 01 Mar 2001

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Christian Alcoholism – Christian Drug – Alcohol Treatment #christian #rehab, #christian-based


Christian alcoholism is a condition when a Christian alcoholism sufferer becomes physically dependent on alcohol. Christian alcoholism requires more than just faith in God to beat it. Faith in Jesus Christ is the foundation and cornerstone to recovery from Christian alcoholism but action must be taken to truly take advantage of His guiding influence. Spencer Recovery Centers treats Christian alcoholism by encouraging Christian growth. The 12 step recovery process is utilized as is individual and group counseling incorporating Jesus Christ has our Higher Power. Call us today if you are committed to recovering from Christian alcoholism and reconciling your relationship to God, your family and loved ones.

Christian alcoholism is a very painful disease because if often includes the shame and guilt of hiding it from the church. At the very least the guilt of acting on sinful thoughts and compulsions can be a heavy burden for the Christian alcoholism sufferer. Proper treatment for Christian alcoholism is a focus on accepting that Jesus Christ can do for you what you could not do for yourself. Often you or a loved one makes a pledge to never drink again or cut down drinking only to be drunk again the next day or soon after. How does this happen? Perhaps you feel competent at work and feel you live your life by Christian principles yet in this one area you are totally helpless.

The bible tells the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15. This boy left his fathers house with the money his father had given him only to waste it away on wild living. He thought he was in control, that he knew what he was doing but soon found himself working for a farmer feeding pigs. He had a moment of clarity that his choices and behaviors had brought him down and he began to head home.

So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’
(Luke 15:20-21)

This classic lesson shows that if we can swallow our pride, have some humility and begin to take proper action that God will not make too tough a time for us. In fact he will meet us half way and take us back into his house and restore our life.

If you can recognize that your drinking has become chronic and compulsive there is still hope. That you see that you are killing yourself and that your problems are becoming worse and worse because of your drinking, this admission is a humble beginning. Please take this moment of clarity and call us for help with your Christian alcoholism.

Spencer Recovery Centers have been treating alcoholism for more than a decade and with facilities across the United States, we have a program that is right for you.


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Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals #drug #addiction #counselor


Overview of Requirements

Experience – 2,000 Hours earned through full- or part-time work

  • Experience is defined as direct experience using clinical skills to treat alcohol/drug use disorder clients at a program licensed to provide substance abuse services by the state of Michigan. The experience may be as a paid or volunteer employee and must be in the IC RC/AADC Performance Domains and the Twelve Core Counseling Functions.

Education – Master’s Degree **Degree or license at a Master’s Level must be in Psychology, Clinical Social Work, Counseling, or Marriage and Family Therapy with a clinical application, having included a supervised internship or practicum within the degree. Degree must be from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. Experiential degrees are not accepted.

186 total contact hours. 180 training that are specific to substance abuse and six (6) hours of face-to-face, MCBAP approved education specific to counseling/professional ethics. See instructions for detail on accepted education.

Education is defined as formal classroom education (workshops, seminars, institutes, in-services, and college/university work) or home study courses (internet, correspondence, teleconference). Course credits awarded within experiential degrees are not accepted.

Supervised Practical Training- 300 hours of direct supervision specific to the treatment of alcohol/drug use disorder clients (with a minimum of 10 hours in each of the Core Functions)

  • Supervised Practical Training (Supervised Experience) is defined as a formal, systematic process that focuses on skill development and integration of knowledge. This training must take place in a setting where alcohol/drug use disorder treatment is being provided. Training must be specifically related to the IC RC/AADC Performance Domains including the Twelve Core Counseling Functions. This training must occur as part of eligible work experience and may be completed under more than one supervisor.

Testing – IC RC/AADC Written Exam passing score.

Applicants are required to pass the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium/Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (IC RC/AADC) written examination as part of their CAADC requirement. There are no prerequisites to take the exam. A passing score is based upon the total score. If you fail the exam, you must register again and retake the entire exam.

Fee – Submit completed application with a $150.00 two-year initial certification fee.

  • Forty (40) hours of approved continuing education training is required for a two (2) year certification period or twenty (20) hours of approved continuing education training is required for a one (1) year certification period. Time period is since the beginning of your previous certification period with a minimum of 50% of contact hours specific to substance abuse.

Renewal fee (subject to change)

  • $85 one (1) year renewal fee
  • $145 two (2) year renewal fee
  • $200.00 three (3) year renewal fee


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Drug Addiction – Drug Addiction Treatment #drug #addiction #defined


Drug Addiction

Drug addiction begins as substance use or experimentation that progresses to drug abuse. Addiction can also occur when a person uses prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes and builds up tolerance which leads to dependence (addiction). Addiction to drugs occurs when the person has no control over whether or not he or she uses. Addicts feel they have to have the drug. Addiction may have physical or psychological symptoms, or both. It is inadvisable that someone with drug addiction attempt to withdraw on their own. Because the body becomes accustomed to the effects of the drug, withdrawal symptoms can be life-threatening without proper medical supervision and treatment. If you choose to attend a drug rehab most will have an in-house detox program that will safely and as comfortably as possible get the drugs out of your system.

Some experts in the field of addiction treatment consider drug addiction to be a behavior disorder characterized by drug-seeking behavior and the use of drugs for nonmedical reasons, while others characterize it as a pathological state. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the American Pain Society, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is defined as follows:

“ a primary, chronic, neurobiological disease, with genetic, psychosocial and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations.” Their definition goes on to say that addiction is characterized by behaviors that include impaired control over drug use, compulsive use, continued use despite harm, and craving.

The Mayo Clinic defines drug addiction as involving an emotional, psychological and/or physical dependence. Drug addicts, according to the Mayo Clinic, may have intense drug cravings, wanting to use it again and again despite potentially negative physical, social and psychological consequences. Certain drugs are more likely to cause dependence and addiction than others.

Types of Illegal Drugs

Illegal drugs are drugs that are controlled substances under Federal and State laws. They are monitored and enforced by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Illicit or illegal drugs are those that are prohibited and labeled Schedule I Controlled Substances:

• Schedule I Controlled Substances: High potential for abuse, and which has no accepted medical use in the United States or lacks accepted safety for use in treatment under medical supervision. Examples include: LSD, heroin, marijuana, MDMA (Ecstasy), mescaline (constituent of Peyote cacti), and methaqualone.

The 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), found that marijuana has the highest rate of dependence with 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or older dependent on or abusing marijuana or hashish. This is followed by 1.7 million dependent on or abusing pain relievers, and 1.4 million dependent on or abusing cocaine (both of which are Schedule II Controlled Substances, for which there is a high potential for abuse but has currently accepted medical use, and abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.

During physical addiction, the human body actually becomes dependent on a particular substance. Users may also develop a tolerance to the substance so that they require increasingly larger doses in order to achieve the same effect or “high.” Addicts who abruptly stop using substances may experience withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, shaking, and others. These may be moderate or severe, and in most cases require medical supervision to safely withdraw. In some cases a drug rehab will use other prescription medications, such as suboxone, to help ameliorate the symptoms of withdrawal. The goal is to wean the patient from the replacement drug as early as possible during the treatment period.

Equally troubling are the effects of addiction on a person’s psychological makeup. In psychological addiction, users experience compulsive and uncontrollable cravings for a particular drug that are both emotional and psychological. Overcome by the relentless desire to have the drug, addicts may lie and steal in order to get it.

When Substance Abuse Becomes Addiction

Abusers of illicit drugs say they often take drugs to have fun or get high. Addicts, however, can no longer control whether or not they use. Mentally and physically, the addict feels compelled to have the drug and that there no longer any choice in the matter. Prolonged usage of illicit drugs has serious consequences to brain functioning and behavior. For addicts, even after long periods of abstinence, addition is chronic, with the possibility of relapse an ever-present possibility.

Treatment for Drug Addiction

Drug addiction treatment can be done in a hospital or drug rehab. It is not generally advisable to detox without medical supervision, at least during the first 5-10 days after the drugs are discontinued.

Drug Addiction Cure?

There is no cure per se for drug addiction abstinence is considered the best outcome after treatment. While some organizations may claim to cure addiction, their claims are not borne out by scientific research and are rarely backed by rigorous follow-up studies.

Drug Addiction Treatment

If you or someone you love has an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you have likely tried many things. If you are the person with the addiction you may have made promises, tried quitting on your own, tried just a detox, tried outpatient for a short period of time. Maybe you have relapsed and feel like all hope is lost.

The treatment program you choose can make the difference between ending up on relapse merry-go-round or discovering a new path of lasting recovery.

For anyone with a powerful addiction to drugs, the best option is residential drug addiction treatment. This gives you enough time to clear your head and body of drugs and begin developing a plan for lasting recovery. We hope Drug Addiction Treatment helps guide you toward freedom from the devastating impact of drugs.



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Alcohol Rehab And Drug Addiction Treatment Center – Passages Ventura #treatment


Passages Ventura a World-Class Drug & Alcohol Addiction Treatment Center

Located in the charming community of coastal Ventura County, our safe and secure facility enjoys a refreshing sea breeze from the nearby Pacific Ocean, offering you the perfect setting to heal your body, mind, and spirit. Passages Ventura stands out as a shining example of non-12-Step and non-disease model, of holistic addiction treatment.

At Passages Ventura, we offer more unique treatment methods than any other rehab center in the world. Unlike the cookie-cutter group approach offered by the majority of rehab centers, our program is personalized specifically for each client. We consider each specific individual and scenario before a personal addiction treatment plan is introduced and implemented.

We encourage you to compare Passages to any other treatment center in the country. After comparing their fact sheets to ours we are 100% confident you will not find a better facility anywhere in the world.

  • JCAHO Accredited – only 6% of the nation’s rehab centers earn this honor
  • Forbes magazine’s “Most Luxurious Places to Dry Out” List
  • Health Care Global magazine rated “#1 Rehab Center in the World”
  • Non-disease model, Non-12 Step, holistic approach to addiction recovery
  • 20-36 hours of one-on-one treatment per client, per month
  • 12+ hours of semi-private treatment per client, per month (3 on 1)
  • 24 Hours a day/7 days a week of LVN (licensed vocational nurses) on site
  • 12 different treatment therapy methods
  • 10+ therapists assigned to each client
  • Gourmet meals prepared fresh daily
  • 76 group sessions per client, per month
  • Sand volley ball courts
  • Full gym with personal trainers
  • No chores or humiliating techniques meant to break you down
  • Most insurances are accepted (No Medicare or Medicaid)

If you would like to stay and recover from your addiction at our world-renowned holistic rehab center, experience our unparalleled rehab treatment methods, or learn about our revolutionary addiction treatment philosophy firsthand, call us now. Your future of sobriety and happiness is waiting.

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In this cutting edge publication, a professional substance abuse counsellor talks directly to young people about effects of alcohol and drug use and addresses contemporary trends in youth substance use.

This outstanding resource is acclaimed by teachers, police services and mental health and addiction counsellors as an effective teaching tool.

By sponsoring a classroom set of the magazine you are making it possible to put this valuable resource into your community, where educators and young people will receive it for free. You re directly supporting the professionals who work closely with youth in assisting them in making healthy choices.

Adolescents who are smokers are twice as likely as non-smoking adolescents to suffer from an episode of major depression, and teens with long-term depression are more likely to be smokers than teens without depression.

Marijuana contains many of the same chemicals found in tobacco smoke. People who smoke marijuana over a long period of time often develop the same breathing problems as smokers do.

When an energy drink is consumed along with alcohol, the high levels of caffeine in these drinks can boost heart rate and blood pressure.

Cocaine taken over time and in large doses can cause aggressive, hostile, erratic behaviour, hallucinations, rapid and irregular heartbeat, increased paranoia, impotence and depression.

Inhalants can lead to brain damage, organ damage or death cause by choking, damage brain cells beyond repair and can lead to permanent abnormalities in thinking, learning and memory.

Using bath salts can increase the risk of heart attack, kidney failure, liver failure and suicide.

Doctors say that smoking alcohol increases its addictive qualities, which means that people who repeatedly use alcohol this way will experience powerful cravings and will require higher volume to get the same high.

Kids who know the facts on drugs make healthier choices

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Free Drug Rehabilitation Programs Tucson AZ – drug abuse, Tucson AZ


Free Drug Rehabilitation Programs Tucson AZ

101 South Stone Avenue
Tucson, AZ

Services Provided
Substance abuse. Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Persons with HIV/AIDS, Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients

La Frontera Center

260 South Scott Avenue
Tucson, AZ

Services Provided
Substance abuse. Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Persons with HIV/AIDS, Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, Men
Language Services

PPEP Behavioral Health Services

1021 East Palmdale Street
Tucson, AZ

Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Special Programs/Groups
DUI/DWI offenders
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish

1107 East Adelaide Drive
Tucson, AZ

(520) 623-4590
Services Provided
Substance abuse. Halfway house
Types of Care
Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with HIV/AIDS, Women, Residential beds for clients’ children
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Navajo, Spanish

Compass Healthcare Inc

3333 East Grant Road
Tucson, AZ

Services Provided
Substance abuse. Halfway house
Types of Care
Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days), Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women, Men, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients
Language Services

Cactus Counseling Associates

110 South Church Street
Tucson, AZ

Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Gays and Lesbians, Women, Men, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients
Language Services

CODAC Behavioral Health Services Inc

3100 North 1st Avenue
Tucson, AZ

Services Provided
Substance abuse. Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish

Counseling and Consulting Services

2430 East 6th Street
Tucson, AZ

Free Drug Rehabilitation Programs

Free Drug Rehabilitation Programs

The state of California offers free alcohol and other drug treatment and rehabilitation services for California women and their children. The office of women’s and perinatal services (OWPS) is an expansion of the office of perinatal substance abuse (OPSA). OPSA was created in 1990 to address the widespread issue of perinatal substance abuse. Since 1990, they have established more than 300 programs that have resulted in improved alcohol and drug treatment services for pregnant and parenting women.

These programs are required to provide comprehensive, gender-responsive services such as:


A patient-centered, goal oriented process for assessing the needs of individual women for particular services; assisting each women in obtaining those services; and reviewing participant accomplishments, outcomes and road blocks to completing recovery goals. Case management may be either a part or the recovery and treatment programs or an individual offering.


The DCH services are provided to a patient for two or more hours, but less than 24 hours a day, for three or more days per week. Participants may live independently, semi-independently, or in a supervised residential facility that does not provide DCH services.


Residential or outpatient treatment services offered that will provide safe withdrawal or detoxification treatments in an ambulatory setting (pharmacological or non-pharmacological).


Holistic drug rehab solutions involve treating the individual as a whole. Many treatment centers look at this in terms of the mind, body, and social conditions of a recovering drug addict. Keep on reading to know more about this.


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JOHN L NORRIS ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTER; NPI #1194810309 #npi #number,,john #l



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Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals #mcbap, #michigan, #michigan #certification #board


Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP)

International Certification Reciprocity Consortium (IC RC)

The Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP) is a member of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC RC), and the most active authority for professional substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery credentialing in Michigan.

MCBAP’s membership in the IC RC requires a commitment to adhere to international standards that ensure competence in professionals providing substance abuse services. The IC RC’s membership currently includes more than 77 boards in the United States, Indian Health Services, U. S. Military, U. S. Federal Court Administrators and numerous foreign countries including Canada, Sweden, Bermuda, Germany, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Spain, Mexico, Japan, and India.

The IC RC reciprocal certifications we currently offer are:

  • Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC)
  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)
  • Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS)
  • Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS)
  • Certified Prevention Consultant – Reciprocal (CPC-R)
  • Certifed Criminal Justice Professional (CCJP)
  • Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional (CCDP)
  • Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional – Diplomat (CCDP-D)

Certification is reciprocal with other IC RC member boards that offer the above noted or equivalent credentials. Similar, older, non-reciprocal credentials are also recognized in Michigan, mainly for professionals who gained their credentials before October 2008.

New in 2013 – MCBAP introduced a peer recovery professional credential, which is non-reciprocal: Certified Peer Recovery Mentor – Michigan (CPRM-M). Effective in October, 2014, a new, IC RC reciprocal CPRM also became available from MCBAP – contact us for more information.


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Heroin Addiction Treatment Success Rates and Statistics #heroine #addiction #treatment


Heroin Addiction Treatment Success Rates and Statistics

Heroin Addiction Treatment: Heroin Addiction Treatment Success Rates, Types of Treatment, and Statistics.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that around 4.2 million people over the age of twelve have experimented with heroin at some point during their lifetimes. Around one-fourth of people who try heroin develop a crippling addiction to the substance, and there are around 900,000 chronic heroin users in the United States. Heroin is a difficult drug to overcome, but heroin addiction treatment is the first step towards recovery. Several types of treatments can be undertaken to successfully overcome a heroin habit, although heroin addiction treatment success rates vary widely by treatment center or clinic.

What Is Heroine?

Heroin, informally known as smack, horse, H, and black tar, is a sticky brown, black, or white powder that is made from morphine, a substance found naturally in the Asian poppy plant. Heroin users mix the substance with water and inject it into their bodies with a syringe. Heroin can also be snorted up the nose or smoked in a pipe. No matter which route is used to get it into the body, the substance is very addictive.

Why Is Heroin Addictive?

To understand heroin addiction treatment, it is important to understand how heroin affects the brain. When heroin enters the brain, it devolves from its current state back into morphine. Morphine binds to the receptors in the brain that are involved in the perception of pain and reward—opioid receptors. This action causes a sense of euphoria to engulf the user. When the drug wears off, the feeling goes away. It is this longing for the euphoric state induced by heroin that makes it so addictive. This state is described by addicts as a feeling of happiness and well-being. When the body adapts to the presence of the drug, the user will experience symptoms of withdrawal until more of the drug is used.

Heroin Dependence

Many users don t realize that they have a problem with heroin dependence until they go into withdrawal. Withdrawal from heroin can include bone pain, muscle pain, restlessness, cold flashes, vomiting, and diarrhea. When no heroin is available, users will have severe cravings for it accompanied by symptoms of withdrawal. If you develop an uncontrollable desire for the drug, find it hard to stop using heroin, or continue to use it even though it is causes harm, you may suffer from addiction.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Most heroin addicts realize that they cannot kick the habit on their own, because addiction to opioids is a disease in much the same way diabetes is a disease. Several heroin addiction treatment options can help the heroin addict return to a healthy, normal life. These medications are not used on their own to overcome addiction but are offered in conjunction with counseling and a support network of friends or family when possible. Medications can be given as an inpatient or outpatient treatment, and the type of program that is used can have a big impact on completion and success. When it comes to heroin addiction treatment success rates, as part of an outpatient treatment, medication therapy has a 35 percent completion rate, while the completion rate for a residential program was as high as 65 percent, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Buprenorphine Treatment

Buprenorphine, which is sometimes referred to by its brand names, including Subutex, Zubsolv, or Probuphine, is a popular type of medication that is used to treat heroin addiction. While this medication does not make the user feel high, it tricks the brain into thinking that it is receiving heroin. This keeps symptoms of withdrawal away while reducing cravings for the drug. Another similar medication is Suboxone, which contains not only buprenorphine but also naloxone. Naloxone is an ingredient that will cause symptoms of withdrawal once the drug is injected into the system. This drug is usually taken once daily, or even every other day.

Methadone Treatment

Methadone, also known as Dolophine or Methadose, is a long-acting opioid-agonist medication that is taken orally to dampen the high normally felt by heroin users, because it reaches the brain slowly. Methodone clinics dispense daily doses of the drug to participants. This is an effective medication for managing and overcoming heroin addiction and is often recommended for patients who cannot tolerate other medication-based treatments. Research has shown that this type of medication-assisted treatment for heroin addiction is more effective when combined with a group or individual counseling plan.


Naltrexone, also known as Revia or Depade, is an opioid antagonist that is sometimes preferred over other medication options because it is not addictive and does not act as a sedative or cause physical dependence. Naltrexone is also used for patients who are unable to tolerate an agonist program.

Proven Results with Medication-Based Therapy

In a study conducted by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, it was shown that each of these medication-assisted therapies were effective, at least to some extent, in countering heroin use. There was little difference in the treatment outcomes of those taking high-dose methadone or burprenorphine, with heroin addiction treatment success rates ranging from 72.7 percent for those in the methadone group to 20 percent for those patients on a low-dose of methadone. Those taking burprenorphine and high-dose methadone saw nearly the same outcomes. Overall among all groups, the rate of heroin use decreased by around 90 percent after treatment was started.

Which Heroin Addiction Treatment Works Best?

An addiction counselor or your doctor can be instrumental in helping you determine which heroin addiction treatment option is the best for you and your particular situation. Regardless of which option you choose, statistics show that overcoming heroin addiction is easier when the condition is approached as a chronic disease and treated with both medication and counseling. Having a good support system in place during heroin addiction treatment is also important, including support from family and friends who understand what you re going through.

Thank you for your comments and your article it is very informative. My loved one has been addicted for four years out of our six year relationship. I love him dearly and try to support and be here for him, but I feel that he needs to go to a rehab. He has made several attempts to getting clean on his own and it works for a couple of days but in a week he is back on it. I just feel it is getting harder for him to get clean and I feel helpless not being able to help. I do agree that if you are trying to get clean you should also give up the alcohol we have missed several gatherings and feel that we are being isolated from everyone else because of his addiction. I just hope he realize the importance for him and his health to go to treatment before something worse happens.

I got clean from chronic intravenous heroin and crack addiction in the rooms of a 12 step fellowship called cocaine anonymous. If I can do it anyone can. Of myself I ve no chance but by walking out that spiritual program of action laid out to me through CA I have overcome, thanks be to God. My family love Cocaine Anonymous and they haven t even been there

I believe the ONLY WAY to stay clean is to RELOCATE. Get far far away from temptation. Far enough away that the time between trigger and action is going to be so long, you will have time to rethink. Far away from every place, every person, every opportunity. This may be a cross you carry for the rest of your life, so you d better give yourself time and space to work. I went from Austin TX, to the mountains in OR, 3 miles from a paved rd. Can t say it s easy yet, but I have tried to start as many projects as I can, like walks, movies, painting, sewing, rock work, planting a garden . energy comes, and goes, sometimes for days, weeks, hours, minutes. I can t control it anymore, so I am trying to create a way to flow. Not easy, but it isn t supposed to be. It is supposed to be WORTH IT! I drink a little, and dose with passion flower, smoke like a chimney, but WTF, I do continue. It s ok to be somewhat stationary for months, years. It s the cross to carry. Im 100 days sober. No heroin, no meth, no needles and I would be lying if I said I didn t think about it every day, or dream about it. Lord have mercy. When it gets really bad, i watch back to back movies, go for long walks, cook, blare music . anything. My back pain tortures me, but as each thought and trigger comes, I decide what to do with it, and now is my chance to rewire my brain. As we are just as simple/complicated as computers. So there, cheers to 100 days, RELOCATION IS THE KEY! and FILL THE WHOLE WITH something that is equally time consuming.

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Addiction helplines #addiction #help #lines


Addiction helplines

Freephone crisis support line: 0808 1 606 606

Drugsline is an independent drugs crisis, information and support charity. It provides free and confidential information and support for people with drug- and alcohol-related issues, their families and friends.

Freephone: 0300 123 6600

Offers free confidential drugs information and advice 24 hours a day

UK Helpline: 0300 999 1212

A non-profit Fellowship of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean, details of local groups on website.

Helpline: 0300 123 1110

9am to 11pm weekdays, 6pm to 11pm Sat SunAdvice and information for people with alcohol problems or anyone concerned about alcohol misuse. Provides advice on sensible drinking and information on services to help people cut down on their drinking.

Helpline for London: 020 7833 0022 (10am to 10pm daily)

National helpline: 0800 9177 650

Helpline for people with drink problems, staffed by recovering alcoholics. Open 365 days a year. Can give details of local AA groups and contact with local member.

Action on Addiction

Helpline: 0300 330 0659

Provides help and information to families and individuals who are worried about alcohol or drug misuse problems.

Working solely in the field of drug and alcohol treatment, includes specialist services for young people and access to local projects.

Helpline: 020 7324 2989

Provides a range of services dedicated to meeting the health, welfare and legal needs of drugs users and those who live and work with them. The drugs team provides help, advice, information, support and referral to people affected directly and indirectly by drug use.

National charity working with families affected by drugs and alcohol and is a leading agency in substance related family work including database of local support groups that helps families hear about and talk to people who understand their situation.

Al-Anon Family Groups UK and Eire

Helpline: 020 7403 0888, 10am to 10pm daily

Helpline for family and friends of problem drinkers, whether the person is still drinking or not. Contact for details throughout the UK and Eire.

Helpline: 020 7403 0888

Telephone support to young people aged 12 to 20 affected by someone else s drinking, usually that of a parent. Part of Al-Anon Family Group.

National Association for Children of Alcoholics

Helpline: 0800 358 3456

Provides information, advice and support for children of alcohol dependent parents and people concerned for their welfare.

Helpline: 0300 888 3853 (9am-5pm Mon – Fri)

Supporting families, carers and friends affected by substance abuse.

Helpline: 0800 138 8889

Aims are to aid the relief and rehabilitation of those people suffering from Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, other related Anxiety Disorders, including Tranquilliser Drug Withdrawal, and to provide support to sufferers and their families and or carers.

The aim of the group is to help the family and friends of people with a current, suspected or former drug problem by providing mutual support and to offer a forum where experiences and anxieties can be shared. In the group members learn to come to terms with the problem that is disrupting their lives.


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Treating Anger Management #dui, #dwi, #counseling, #suboxone #treatment, #dui #counseling, #anger


Treating Anger Management/Domestic Violence, Mental Health, Alcohol
and other Substance Abuse

Mental Health Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Camp Springs, Maryland

Regain control of your life and put an end to your addiction with professional help from our mental health and substance abuse treatment center in Camp Springs, Maryland. Insight Treatment Centers provides out-patient treatment programs for individuals and groups, as well as government agencies and attorneys requesting service for their clients.

  • We have additional locations in Charles County and College Park. All centers are well in well lighted locations, in safe areas, and near mass transportation.
  • We provide DOT CDL and drug testing.
  • Free parking is available.
  • We are now accepting Medicaid.
  • Suboxone Programs.
  • Spanish DUI Programs.
  • Weekend DWI Programs.

Genuine Concern
Backed by more than 30 years’ combined experience, Insight Treatment Centers is approved by the State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and earned an award as one of theTreatment Centers of the Year. We have a psychiatrist, psychologist, and trained therapists on staff for comprehensive evaluation, testing, and group facilitation.

Regardless of who you are and where you come from, our company cares deeply about guiding you to a better path in life and keeping your privacy protected. We do not share your information with anyone you do not specify.

Contact us
We’re ready to help with your DUI, Substance Abuse, and Anger Management/Domestic Violence issues.

Treating Anger Management/Domestic Violence, Mental Health, Alcohol
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Post-Treatment Options – Recovery Without Walls #brockton #addiction #treatment #center


Post-Treatment Options


CAB Post Detox Step Down 800-323-2224; 111 Middleton Rd. Danvers, MA 01923.

Center for Motivational Change Berkshire 100 Stone Manor Drive New, Great Barrington, MA 01230.

Gosnold Post Detox 800-444-1554; 200 Ter Heun Dr. Falmouth, MA 02540.

Gosnold at Cataumet 800-444-1554; 1140 Route 28A Cataumet, MA 02534.

Passages 508-860-1142; 12 Queen St. Worcester, MA 01610.

Phoenix House 617-934-1136; 43 Old Colony Ave. Quincy, MA 02171.

Serenity at Summit 609-651-4001; 61 Brown St. Haverhill, MA 01830.

Spectrum Residential Program 508-898-1570; 154 Oak St. Westborough, MA 01581.

Spectrum Weymouth 781-331-3709; 861 Main St. Weymouth, MA 02190.

SSTAR Step Down Services 508-676-5671; 386 Stanley St. Fall River, MA 02720.

The Hope Center 413-301-9500; 35 Heywood St. Springfield, MA 01104.

Women s Renewal 617-442-8800; 55 Dimock St. Roxbury, MA 02119.


High Point Treatment Center 508-984-1697; 10 Kilburn St. New Bedford, MA 02740.

Phoenix Arbor House TSS 413-538-8188; 130 Pine St. Holyoke, MA 02190.

Spectrum Residential Program 800-366-7732; 154 Oak St. Westborough, MA 01902.


Beacon House for Women 413-773-4610; 53 Beacon St. Greenfield, MA 01301.

Edwina Martin House 508-583-0493; 678 North Main St. Brockton, MA 02301.

Emerson House 800-444-1554; 200 Ter Heun Dr. Falmouth, MA 02540.

Faith House 508-438-5625; 142 Burncoat St. Worcester, MA 01606.

Gandara Residential Service 413-540-9881; 507 Appleton St. Holyoke, MA 01040.

Granada House 617-254-2923; 70-72 Adamson St. Allston, MA 02134.

Hello House Women s Program 617-471-6616; Long Island Health Campus, Quincy, MA 02171.

Keenan House Recovery Home 413-499-2756; 202 Bradford St. Pittsfield, MA 01201.

Latinas Y Ninos Center 617-445-1104; 263 Eustis St. Roxbury, MA 02119.

Lowell Recovery House 978-459-3371; 102 Appleton St. Lowell, MA 01852.

My Sisters House 413-733-7891; 89 Belmont Ave. Springfield, MA 01108-1698.

Project Cope 781-581-9273; 117 North Common St. Lynn, MA 01902.

Ryan House 781-593-9434; 100-100 Green St. Lynn, MA 01902.

Serenity House 508-435-9040; P.O. Box 344 Hopkinton, MA 02301.

Shepherd House 617-288-3906; 22-26; Windermere Rd. Dorchester, MA 02125.

Woman s Place 617-661-6020; 11 Russell St. Cambridge, MA 02119.

Women s View 978-687-1658; 584 Haverhill St. Lawrence, MA 01841.


Angel House 866-705-2807; 309 South St. Hyannis, MA 02601.

Entre Familia Program 978-537-3109; 249 River St 1 West Mattapan, MA 02126.

Genesis II Family Center 866-705-2807; 295 Adams St. (rear) Newton, MA 02458.

Grace House 866-705-2807; 143 West St. North Hampton, MA 01060.

H.A.R.T House 866-705-2807; 365 East St. Bldg IV Tewksbury, MA 01876-0477.

Orchard Street 978-537-3109; 17 Orchard St. Leominster, MA 02139.

Sage House 866-705-2807; 61 Clinton St. Framingham, MA 01701.


Beacon House 413-773-4610; 53 Beacon St. Greenfield, MA 01301.

Linda Fay Griffin House 508-755-8990; 15 Northhampton St. Worcester, MA 01605.

Monarch House 508-992-0800; 252 County St. New Bedford, MA 02740.

Rhodes Street House 508-581-7821; 5 Rhodes St. Millbury, MA 01527.

Sheehan Women s Program 978-640-0840; PO Box 838 Tewksbury, MA 01876.


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Alcohol Rehab And Drug Addiction Treatment Center – Passages Ventura #treatment


Passages Ventura a World-Class Drug & Alcohol Addiction Treatment Center

Located in the charming community of coastal Ventura County, our safe and secure facility enjoys a refreshing sea breeze from the nearby Pacific Ocean, offering you the perfect setting to heal your body, mind, and spirit. Passages Ventura stands out as a shining example of non-12-Step and non-disease model, of holistic addiction treatment.

At Passages Ventura, we offer more unique treatment methods than any other rehab center in the world. Unlike the cookie-cutter group approach offered by the majority of rehab centers, our program is personalized specifically for each client. We consider each specific individual and scenario before a personal addiction treatment plan is introduced and implemented.

We encourage you to compare Passages to any other treatment center in the country. After comparing their fact sheets to ours we are 100% confident you will not find a better facility anywhere in the world.

  • JCAHO Accredited – only 6% of the nation’s rehab centers earn this honor
  • Forbes magazine’s “Most Luxurious Places to Dry Out” List
  • Health Care Global magazine rated “#1 Rehab Center in the World”
  • Non-disease model, Non-12 Step, holistic approach to addiction recovery
  • 20-36 hours of one-on-one treatment per client, per month
  • 12+ hours of semi-private treatment per client, per month (3 on 1)
  • 24 Hours a day/7 days a week of LVN (licensed vocational nurses) on site
  • 12 different treatment therapy methods
  • 10+ therapists assigned to each client
  • Gourmet meals prepared fresh daily
  • 76 group sessions per client, per month
  • Sand volley ball courts
  • Full gym with personal trainers
  • No chores or humiliating techniques meant to break you down
  • Most insurances are accepted (No Medicare or Medicaid)

If you would like to stay and recover from your addiction at our world-renowned holistic rehab center, experience our unparalleled rehab treatment methods, or learn about our revolutionary addiction treatment philosophy firsthand, call us now. Your future of sobriety and happiness is waiting.

At Passages – Addiction Ends Here™

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Stanford Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program #center #for #addiction #medicine


Assistant Professor
Program Director
Stanford University Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Dr. Lembke received her undergraduate degree in Humanities from Yale University and her medical degree from Stanford University. She continued on at Stanford to complete a residency in psychiatry. She is currently Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, where she also serves as Program Director of the Stanford University Addiction Medicine Fellowship; Chief of the Stanford Dual Diagnosis Clinic; and Chief of the Stanford Addiction Psychiatry Initiative. As a member of the Stanford faculty, Dr. Lembke sees patients, teaches, and does research. Her current work focuses on understanding the socioeconomic and cultural factors driving addiction. In April 2016, Dr. Lembke was elected as the inaugural President of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Directors Association (AMFDA).

Clinical Assistant Professor, Associate Division Chief of Education and Associate Program Director, Pain Medicine

Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Pain Medicine

Addiction Medicine Program, Department of Psychiatry Behavioral Sciences (by courtesy)

Jordan Newmark, MD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Associate Division Chief of Education within the Division of Pain Medicine of the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Pain Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Additionally, he is the Associate Program Director of the Pain Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Newmark has long standing interested in the opioid related public health crisis facing the United States, specifically related to health provider and public education. His academic work involves the use of simulation and immersive learning to teach and study opioid prescribing pattern, as well as developing novel and innovative educational tools and techniques surrounding opioid safety and education. Dr. Newmark’s work in this space has led to a by courtesy appointment within the Addiction Medicine Program, Department of Psychiatry Behavioral Sciences.

Nicholas Ney, Ph.D.

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor

Nicholas Ney, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Redwood City, CA. He received his undergraduate degree from Hampshire College in creative writing/cultural anthropology. He continued his education at the California School of Professional Psychology, Berkeley, where he received both his masters and doctorate degrees. Dr. Ney completed his post-doctoral work at the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science in the Alcohol Clinic, where he trained with Stephanie Brown, Ph.D. He was appointed the founding Coordinator of the Stanford Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center’s Structured Outpatient Program (S.O.P.), which he led for 4 ½ years, leading/co-leading over 1000 groups. He has taught in the field at local graduate programs, and helped develop a statewide California Psychological Association clearing house program for impaired psychologists. Dr. Ney has served as adjunct clinical faculty in the Stanford Psychiatry department for twenty-five years.

Tracy Chesler, MSW

LCSW, Psychiatric Social Worker, Complex Care Manager

Tracy Chesler received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and went on to receive her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of California at Berkeley, graduating in 2003, and received her Licensed Clinical Social Work degree in 2006. Following graduate school, she worked in community mental-health agencies specializing in women’s health and addiction. She joined Stanford in 2004, at first working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and then moving to in-patient psychiatry in 2007. For the past 8 years, Tracy has specialized in psychiatric social work, joining the Dual Diagnosis Clinic in Stanford’s out-patient psychiatric department in 2014. In addition to her work in the Dual Diagnosis clinic, Tracy works in Stanford’s Early Psychosis clinic, sits on the hospital’s Shared Governance Committee, and provides clinical supervision for Stanford’s MSW staff.


  • Moving allowance (new hires only) $3,000
  • Annual educational allowance $2,000
  • Cell phone allowance $1,000 *
  • Food allowance $10 per day (shifts of 12 hours or longer)
  • Housing stipend $6,000 per year (paid as $500 monthly)
  • Cost of initial CA MD license and renewals*
  • Cost of initial DEA and renewals*
  • Cost of USMLE III* s
  • Medical, dental, vision, and long term disability insurance provided.
  • 1% annual bonus based on completion of a Quality Improvent Project

* Please see House Staff Policies and Procedures for full details.
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Related Links

Stanford Library

Stanford GME

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American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)

American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM)

California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM)

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Alcohol Treatment and Rehab #alcohol #addiction #treatment


Alcohol Treatment and Rehab

To get in touch with these or other treatment centers, call us right now and we ll help you get connected.

The First Step of Recovery from Alcohol

Getting alcohol out of the addicted person s system is the first part of recovery. People with a severe alcohol addiction can experience intense withdrawal symptoms. A supervised alcohol detox is usually necessary for people addicted to alcohol to prevent potentially fatal complications. Shaking, sweating, seizures, and hallucinations are possible alcohol withdrawal symptoms .

A medical detox can prevent discomfort and complications during alcohol withdrawal.

Questions about treatment?

Call now to be connected with a compassionate treatment specialist.

Alcohol Addiction Medications

One of the benefits of inpatient treatment is medical management of the physical aspects of addiction. Using prescription drugs in combination with treatment boosts the recovery success rate to 50 percent.

Medications can be used to help ease the symptoms of withdrawal in order to avoid relapse, or to create a negative physical reaction to alcohol that helps eliminate the desire to drink. Common drugs used in alcohol detox and recovery include:

  • Acamprosate Used to reduce alcohol cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
  • Naltrexone Used to reduce cravings for alcohol as well as its pleasurable effects.
  • Disulfiram Causes severe negative effects when alcohol is consumed.

Find a Treatment Center That’s Right for You

No matter where you live or what your budget is, our treatment specialists can help you find the perfect treatment center for your needs.

Find a Treatment Center That’s Right for You

No matter where you live or what your budget is, our treatment specialists can help you find the perfect treatment center for your needs.

Inpatient Rehabilitation for Alcoholism

Inpatient rehab allows for round-the-clock care and personalized support from medical staff.

Inpatient treatment is a good choice for anyone who wants to focus completely on recovery without the stress or distractions of work, school, or social obligations. It allows for a thorough immersion in the recovery process and may be a good choice for people who have tried other treatments unsuccessfully.

Inpatient treatment for alcohol rehabilitation may last anywhere from 30 days to six months or longer — recovery times depend on the needs of the individual.

Treatments at inpatient centers may include behavioral therapies, the most popular of which is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). These therapies encourage participants to change the way they react to stressful external stimuli (like failing a test or losing a job) by promoting healthy ways of coping. Many centers also offer group and individual counseling, experiential therapies and training on proper nutrition and health.

Ongoing Recovery from Alcohol Addiction

After rehab, the best thing you can do to overcome your alcohol addiction is to find support for ongoing recovery. Whether you seek out the company of other recovering addicts or find support in your personal networks, it is imperative that you share your struggles with other people.

Ask for friends and family to support you in the recovery process; chances are, they’ll be proud of you for taking control of your life again. External support groups include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), which originated the 12-step program and now has approximately 2 million members. The 12 steps emphasize the participant’s ability to submit to a “higher power” to ask for help. The higher power doesn’t have to be rooted in religion, though that is the case for many. Others look for a “higher power” within.

Take Control of Your life

Of the millions of people struggling with addiction to this powerful substance, hundreds of thousands are daily seeking treatment to overcome it. There are many options for recovery, and many people who have found success.


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Maryland Inpatient Drug Rehab and Addiction #drug #addiction #rehabs

Maryland Inpatient Drug Rehab and Addiction

The Free State has one of the highest arrest rates for drug abuse in the nation. In 2012, a total of 49,535 arrests for drug violations were reported, compared to 48,246 in 2011 – a three percent increase. While law enforcement cracks down on drug abuse through tough penalties, state officials are working on treatment approaches that help offenders with substance addictions.

Maryland Addiction Treatment

Maryland residents have entered rehab with an addiction to one or more of the following substances:

Each of these pose a threat to Maryland’s communities, but heroin is cited as the most problematic.

Rehab admissions for heroin addiction spiked almost 20 percent from 2012 to 2013, more than any other admission in the state.

Baltimore’s historic seaport serves as an international gateway for drug trafficking, which heavily contributes to the state’s drug issues.

New England Recovery & Wellness

Healing the mind, body, and spirit

Concord, NH
30-90 Days
Length of Program

Another growing concern for Maryland residents is the prevalence of synthetic cathinone and cannabimimetics – otherwise known as bath salts and spice. respectively. These synthetic “designer drugs” have become extremely popular with Maryland’s youth population.

Many teens and young adults experiment with bath salts and spice, but then move on to becoming addicted to more dangerous substances.

Despite Maryland’s complicated drug situation, people every day are taking the first step toward getting treatment. Join the thousands of individuals who have successfully recovered from their addiction by calling our treatment specialists now.

Maryland Drug Laws

Maryland courts witness a staggering number of drug-related crimes every year. But the prevalence of these violations doesn’t make the penalties any less serious. In addition to the legal consequences, drug abuse can take away educational or job opportunities.

Marijuana Possession

Marijuana possession for personal use is a crime in Maryland. However, the state has decriminalized marijuana possession to a certain degree. Those caught in possession of fewer than 10 grams won’t face any jail time, but they will be charged with a civil offense and face a $100 maximum fine. If the person is caught with any amount between 10 grams or 50 pounds, the penalties are more severe. Sentencing can include jail time of up to five years and a maximum $100,000 fine.

Possession of marijuana with the intention to distribute is handled separately in Maryland. Violators are immediately charged as felons, with a maximum sentence of 40 years and a hefty fine of up to $1 million.

Medical Marijuana Laws in Maryland

As of August 2016, the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission began announcing license pre-approvals for medical marijuana growers and dispensaries. Approximately 16 of Maryland’s counties, as well as the city of Baltimore, will allow legal access to medical marijuana in 2017.

Qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in Maryland include:

  • Cachexia
  • Chronic pain
  • Nausea
  • Seizures
  • Severe or persistent muscle spasms

Access to medical marijuana will have some limitations. Patients can only get a 30-day supply, and no edible forms of marijuana will be permitted. At-home plant cultivation will also be illegal under state law.

Illicit Drug Possession

Like most states in the U.S. Maryland has cracked down on illicit drug abuse crimes through tough and unforgiving penalties. The severity of Maryland’s penalties depends on the type of substance, as well as the amount involved.

Maryland classifies controlled dangerous substances (CDS) in five different categories, or schedules. Schedule I and schedule II drugs are considered the most dangerous, while schedules III through V are perceived as less dangerous.

Cough suppressants, including Lyrica and Codeine

Although Maryland officials have worked toward treatment approaches for first-time, nonviolent drug offenders, the law still requires sentencing for some drug-related crimes. Typically, the maximum penalty for CDS possession is four years in prison and a $25,000 fine. However, if you’re found in possession of a CDS with the intent to distribute, you can face up to 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. Certain factors can also affect an offender’s punishment, including the location of the crime or the number of previous offenses.

Maryland Harm Reduction Laws

Many states understand that no matter how many laws there are against drug abuse, people will still find ways to get their fix. This is why Maryland has adopted a number of harm reduction laws, which aim to reduce the health and economic risks associated with drug addiction.

2016 Syringe Access Expansion Laws

Maryland has witnessed a sharp increase in HIV infections within the last few years. In 2010, the state ranked number two in the nation for new HIV cases. Many of these diagnoses were a result of drug use through syringe injection.

In May 2016, the governor of Maryland signed the Opioid-Associated Disease Prevention and Outreach act to provide thousands of Maryland’s residents with greater access to sterile syringe exchange programs.

Quote/Highlight: “Syringe service programs are not only vital to reducing the harm of injection drug use, but they provide a humane and compassionate approach to addressing substance-use disorders,” said Mark Sine, Director of the Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coalition.

With this new law, Maryland joins the growing number of states with recently reformed syringe access laws. By providing residents with syringe exchange programs, communities can work to raise awareness, lower the risk of transmitted diseases through drug use, and in turn, save more lives.

Maryland’s Overdose Response Program (ORP)

The state’s Overdose Response Program was launched in 2014 to train people on administering Naloxone. a life-saving medication that reverses opioid-related overdoses. Successfully trained individuals receive a certificate that allows them to obtain a prescription for Naloxone, and keep it on hand in case an overdose occurs. Family members and friends of opioid users, rehab center staff and law enforcement officers are qualified to participate in the program.

Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene oversees the educational program, which teaches participants how to recognize and respond to opioid overdoses.

The ORP’s curriculum teaches participants how to:

  • Perform rescue breathing techniques
  • Properly administer naloxone to someone having an overdose
  • Care for the overdosing individual until emergency medical help arrives

The training stresses the importance of calling 911 in the event of an overdose, as well as reporting the incident to the Maryland Poison Center.

Addiction Treatment in Maryland

The Substance Abuse Certification Unit is the licensing agent in Maryland that monitors the state’s addiction treatment centers. Maryland’s treatment programs provide a number of personalized services to help people overcome many forms of addiction.

Some of the addiction services offered in Maryland include:

  • Opioid maintenance therapy
  • Outpatient treatment programs
  • Residential programs
  • Early intervention services
  • Detoxification treatment
  • Community outreach and education

For those concerned with paying out of pocket for treatment, Maryland has plenty of centers that accept health insurance. including Medicare and Medicaid. Under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, insurance providers are required to cover addiction treatment. Be sure to contact your insurance provider to find out which types of treatment are covered under your benefits.

Another option to consider is Maryland’s numerous state-funded addiction treatment centers. These programs are located throughout the entire state. However, some of these programs may lack certain services, like medically supervised detox. If a center doesn’t have detox, medications won’t be prescribed to alleviate uncomfortable symptoms during a drug withdrawal.

Find a Treatment Center

Once you or your loved one is ready to get sober, the next step is picking the right treatment center.

Although Maryland’s rehabs are prepared to handle all types of substance addiction, it’s possible that the best treatment for you or your loved one is located out of state. But the distance from home shouldn’t deter you from making such a decision. Many people have found tremendous success with recovery by opting to travel for rehab. Because they’re further away from the environment that once caused their addiction, they’re able to focus solely on achieving sobriety and maintaining a healthy new lifestyle.

No matter where you decide to go for rehab, our treatment specialists can answer any questions you may have. Call us today to begin your journey.

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Alcohol and Drug Services (ADS) #greensboro #addiction #treatment, #greensboro #substance #abuse


Did you know that you can support ADS simply by shopping on Amazon.com . You can! ADS is part of the Amazon Smile charitable organization program. When you make a purchase using the Amazon Smile button on our website, 0.5% of your purchase is donated to ADS to support our non-profit programs and services. So thank you, and please try to remember to use our Amazon Smile button when you make your next online Amazon.com purchase.

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ADS – What We Do!

Alcohol and Drug Services (ADS) is a local non-profit organization that helps to reduce the impact of substance abuse in our community. We provide prevention and treatment services to individuals and families impacted by addictive disease.

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Prevention & Early Intervention

The goal of ADS Prevention and Early Intervention Services is to prevent & delay the onset of substance use among young people.

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Outpatient Treatment

ADS provides a range of outpatient treatment programs for adults meeting diagnostic criteria for either substance abuse or substance dependency.

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Opioid Treatment

The ADS Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) is a highly specialized program that incorporates medication-assisted therapy with ongoing outpatient counseling.

Client Testimonials

What have ADS client experiences
been like?

  • “ADS saved my life. I truly believe that I would not have made it through life without all the wonderful people that work and take care of me. Thank you ADS!!”
  • “You do a wonderful job of helping those that truly want to change. I will encourage those still battling addiction to get involved with your program.”
  • “Excellent therapist and teacher.”

    from a Former ADS client

  • “It helps to be able to talk with someone.”

    from a Former ADS client

  • “I really enjoyed coming to class. It helped me a lot. Thank you.”

    from a Former ADS client

  • “I learned a lot about addiction and disease and how to not feel guilty about my past. I was able to stay clean and get the help I needed by coming to class and talking and listening.”

    from a Former ADS client

  • “IOP and Aftercare have really helped me in my addiction and to know what to do in the future. Thanks for giving me my life back.”

    from a Former ADS client

  • “Everyone at both clinics (East & West) are extremely wonderful and helpful. I feel like they’re family.”

    from a Former ADS client

  • “ADS saved my life and are some of the greatest people I’ve ever known.”

    from a Former ADS client

  • “I came here wanting help and ADS has provided more than expected. I thank them very much.”

    from a Former ADS client

  • “This program is a good place. Without it I don’t know where I would be right now. Thank you guys!”

    from a Former ADS client

    Request a Callback from an ADS Counselor

    Complete this confidential online screening to have a counselor call you back about ADS services. The online screening provides us with important information about your main concerns and will help us better serve you. The information that you provide is strictly confidential.

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    Take Our Online Alcohol / Drug, Depression, or Anxiety Assessment

    ADS provides free & anonymous online substance abuse and mental health assessments. The assessments are for general guideline purposes only, but can give you a better idea of the extent that your substance use or other symptoms have become a problem. Your name is not needed. You may take the assessment and remain completely anonymous.
    Alcohol / Drug Assessment | Anxiety Assessment | Depression Assessment

    Request An ADS Staff Presentation at Your Location

    ADS can provide presentations on alcohol and drugs for school audiences, employers, churches, and other local organizations. Substance abuse problems and their associated costs are unfortunately found in a wide variety of settings.

    We can come to your location and present the latest information on alcohol and drug issues facing the community as well as what can be done to prevent substance abuse from occurring. We can also address treating alcohol and drug disorders once they are identified.

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  • Know! April is Alcohol Awareness Month The media has done a good job bringing to light the prev.

    A Newsweek article addresses a finding by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control Prevention.

    Last month, the President and CEO of Partnership for Drug-Free Kids sent President Trump a lett.

  • As we examine the opioid crisis in America, it is important to take note of trends in both the.

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    There is an enlightening article and video segment by Ryan Haraar (Colorado 9NEWS) on the risin.

  • A local Fox 8 news article just revealed that Catawba County law enforcement authorities have u.

  • Authorities have identified a new drug hitting the streets that is a combination of heroin, fen.

  • Joe McDonald is President and CEO of Catholic Health Services in Buffalo, NY. They are an outpa.

  • A Fox News report highlighted a recent story detailing New Hampshire s targeting of drug.

    Information on Drugs of Abuse
    Use this section to research various drugs of abuse and their effects on memory, thought, mood, and behavior. Learn about the risks and potential long-term consequences associated with alcohol & drug abuse.

    Information on Mental Health Medications
    This area provides an overview of medications used to successfully treat various mental health issues like depression. Review approved medications which have been identified to help manage psychiatric symptoms.

    SAMHSA National Treatment Facility Locator

    ADS is a non-profit organization.

    Make a Donation to ADS

    Alcohol and Drug Services has been providing compassionate care and quality services to the Triad community for over 42 years. Our programs are partially supported by State and Federal funding. However, this funding has been severely cut in recent years. Your donation can help ADS keep the tradition alive of helping people recover from addiction. Thank you in advance for your generosity and for partnering with ADS to help us serve the local community.

    Alcohol and Drug Services
    119 Chestnut Drive
    High Point, NC 27262

    Phone. 1-855-801-9817
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