SMART Recovery: The Basic Facts
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There are many pathways to recovery. If the 12 steps don’t feel right, consider SMART Recovery meetings. SMART Recovery is a free, science-based community self-help group.

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Considering Adolescent Residential Treatment ? A 16 Point Checklist to Ensure Safety and Effectiveness © DenaliNPS

In serious situations, you may need to consider adolescent residential treatment, but don’t send your teen anywhere before you go through this warning-sign checklist to spot and avoid dangerous or ineffective programs.

Antidepressants in Drug Treatment – A Guide to SSRIs in Addiction Treatment © PublicDomainPictures

Should you take an antidepressant during early recovery - or while still drinking/using? Does your substance abuse cause your depression or is it the other way around? Read on for an overview of your options and for more information on when SSRIs will help, and when they won’t.

Saunas in Drug Treatment? © Thomaswanhoff

Programs that offer long saunas as a core component of treatment are likely Scientology-related. This treatment is not backed by any legitimate medical organization.

Should You Quit Marijuana and Alcohol? How to Evaluate Your Situation © Chris Zerbes

If you drink or smoke marijuana make sure it's a conscious and examined choice - one you've made after looking carefully at the pros and cons of your decisions. You’ve only got one life to live so make it a conscious one and make it count – and if alcohol and marijuana pull you down, have the resolve to make some changes.

Improved Substance Abuse Coverage under the Affordable Care Act © Misterjt

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will start on January 1st, 2014 - and from that day forward, most people will have coverage for essential mental health and substance abuse treatment services. Learn more about how the ACA might affect you.

ADHD Addiction Treatment - How Learning to Focus Helps You Succeed © Auzigog

If you can’t focus to complete essential tasks you’ll create unnecessary stress - and stress definitely ups your risk of relapse. Safeguard your recovery by learning focus skills that make it easier to stay on task.

Biofeedback in Addiction Treatment © xdxd_vs_xdxd

Biofeedback Therapy is a relatively new form of alternative therapy that uses specialized instruments and technology to measure quantifiable reactions and responses of the body.

Group Therapy in Drug Treatment © phoenixdiaz

One of the most effective interventions for substance abuse is peer group therapy in drug treatment. A hallmark of most rehabs, peer group therapy is both logistically sensible and very beneficial to the recovering addict.

The United Nations' Human Rights Guidelines for Addiction Treatment © Astragony

According to the United Nations and the World Health Organization, no matter what you’ve done or who you are, you are entitled to drug addiction treatment that is respectful of your dignity and rights as a human being. Read on to learn the specifics.

Sweat Lodges in Drug Rehab © Smoobs

The intensity of a sweat lodge experience, rooted in Native American traditions, offers hopes of a spiritual rebirth, greater self-knowledge and peace.

Equine Assisted Therapy for Addiction Treatment © Eduardo Amorin

We can sometimes learn more about ourselves through a few hours of working with horses than we can through months of psychotherapy - and we don't even need to ride horses to do it! Learn the benefits of equine assisted therapy for addiction treatment.

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy - what is it, and how can it help in addiction recovery?

Some people can do it on their own, most of us can't. Find out how checking into drug or alcohol rehab can help you get better. You can beat your addiction, but you may need a little help to do it.

A newer and far preferable alternative to methadone, Suboxone might be what you need to help you finally break free from pain pill addiction.

The Benefits of Meditation in Drug Treatment © HckySo

As addictions professionals recognize and promote the benefits of more holistic programs of recovery, the value of meditation in drug treatment is increasingly recognized and offered as adjunct therapeutic programming in comprehensive drug rehabs.

There are a number of pharmacological interventions that can be used to aid in recovery during drug treatment. Some medications used in drug treatment are used to minimize the symptoms and danger of withdrawal, some are used to offset the negative psychiatric effects of drug cessation, and some are used for long term sobriety encouragement as anti craving medications.

The Dangers of Romantic Relationships in Drug Treatment © Cambiodefractal

While the strengthening of appropriate and encouraging relationships is beneficial in any drug treatment program, participation in a romantic or sexual relationship can impair the ability to recover, and as such the vast majority of drug treatment facilities have no tolerance rules against romantic relationships between recovering drug and alcohol addicts.

There are currently more than 180 Narconon drug treatment facilities operating throughout the world, and the Narconon program of drug treatment has been providing recovery services to addicts since 1966. The method of recovery is based entirely on the works of L. Ron Hubbard, the writer and philosopher, and also the father of the very controversial Church of Scientology.

Employee drug treatment programs better the productivity of any company, and as well provide a vital link to needed treatment programs for many underinsured Americans.

Drug Treatment During Pregnancy © John Carleton

The issues surrounding drug treatment for pregnant women are both complicated and conversely clear. While the enactment of a comprehensive and inclusive policy towards treatment options for pregnant women continues to elude us, the motivation and ideation of the essential nature of this treatment is shared by all.

Holistic Drug Treatment © Leo.Prie.to

Holistic drug treatment can mean one of two things. The term holistic drug treatment is sometimes used to describe alternative therapies and the use of all natural methods within a drug treatment program; but holistic drug treatment is more commonly used to describe an integrated method of drug rehab that incorporates specific programming to heal the body, the mind and the soul.

One of the best ways to improve the odds of long term participation in aftercare and long term sobriety is to transition slowly out of rehab through a halfway house, before returning fully to the community.

Acupuncture as Drug Treatment © Megan Mallen

Acupuncture is an alternative but increasingly mainstream treatment for addiction. It minimizes withdrawal symptoms and reduces experienced drug cravings.

Prayers In 12 Steps Drug Treatment Programs © Dtcchc

Although no one can deny the effectiveness of secular techniques in rehab, we exist as spiritual beings, and an addiction is an ailment of the spirit as much as a disease of the body. We need tools such as those offered through private therapy and cognitive peer groups to combat temptation when it arises, but for those lucky enough to posses a strong belief in God, through prayer and faith; temptation is avoided, resolve strengthen, and sobriety enhanced.

A DUI or even a second or third DUI conviction can be the catalyst sometimes needed to get alcohol or drug abusers into rehab.

The use of Narcotics Anonymous in drug treatment takes its roots from the long and successful history of using AA as a part of comprehensive addiction treatment programs, but responds to the unique needs of drug addicts by offering addiction focused 12 steps programming.

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Overview
  • Drug Addiction Treatment: Without treatment, addiction caused changes in the brain make relapse likely
  • Holistic Drug Treatment: There is no one 'right' way to beat drug addiction, and holistic treatment elements like meditation and yoga can be useful in the fight
  • Medications: Certain medications can increase the odds of a lengthy recovery by reducing withdrawal symptoms or decreasing drug cravings
  • Psychosocial Counseling: Group therapy is an important part of most drug treatment programs
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