It’s tempting to send someone to a detox program that lasts a few days or a short-term residential drug rehab program. It’s usually less expensive, and is more convenient in other ways than a long-term residential rehab. However, the chances of the person staying off drugs without a long-term program are pretty slim. Experts know this, but new research from the University of Southern California has verified it once again. Look at the numbers, and decide whether you want to waste your time and money with a short-term program.
You’d think that someone who’s on a drug rehab program of any sort wouldn’t be taking drugs. But according to a recent study, more people who are on methadone treatment are using marijuana much more than the general population. Using marijuana may make people feel better, but there’s virtually no chance of them achieving the goals of drug treatment – off drugs, and a revitalized life.
How many reasons to we need to make sure that people taking drugs get into rehab? How about this? Poison control centers in the U.S. get 32 calls a day from panicked adults about infants who’ve ingested prescription painkillers. Or about teenagers who’ve gotten the drugs from friends or a family member’s medicine cabinet (and that could well be where their friends got them too) and are now in need of medical help – often ending in not just an ER visit, but actually admitted to the hospital in an effort to save their lives or fix with the damage done. What can you do about it?
One of the biggest reasons people who go to rehab then go back to drugs when they’ve completed their program is because they are going back to the same environment. A really good drug rehab program always helps the person work out how to change their environment before they’re considered finished on the program, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. Here’s a summary of what you have to take into account.
You may have heard that long-term residential drug rehab has the best treatment success rates – in other words, if an addict does that kind of program, their chances of staying off drugs are much greater than other programs. A recent study clarifies this once again. And the difference between this type of program and others is huge.
Although Useful During Detox, Buprenorphine During Long-Term Drug Rehab Does Not Lead to Adherence to Treatment Program
Some medical detox facilities give a person Buprenorphine (aka Suboxone or Subutex) when they are withdrawing from drugs like heroin, morphine, or prescription painkillers. It’s used to make withdrawal more comfortable and less painful. But according to a new study, staying on Buprenorphine after the initial withdrawal period may not have any positive effect at all.
Some drug rehab programs have a higher success rate than others, but most don’t get great results in terms of people who stay off drugs for good afterwards. This is largely due to the fact that so many drug rehab programs are short-term and don’t get enough accomplished towards actually addressing the addict’s addiction before they leave the program. Addiction doesn’t happen overnight, and neither does rehabilitation of the addict. In fact, the successful programs usually take months.
In a recent opinion piece in the Palm Beach Times, Julio Fuentes, the president and CEO of the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, offered some hard facts about opioid use in Broward County. A lot has been done to help arrest and reverse the county’s drug addiction problem, but it just hasn’t been enough. But he’s calling for more help, and for the business community to pull together to deliver it.
Twelve-step programs sometimes get a bad rap. Although they’ve probably saved millions of lives over the years – their programs have been operating since 1935 – some experts say AA has a low success rate. However, many alcohol rehab programs use the twelve-step program, while adding what’s needed to improve success. Here’s what needed to make it work for you.
Dana Larsen, known as a ‘pot activist’, has a pot shop in Vancouver, B.C. He thinks pot should be legal, regardless of the circumstances – medical problems, recreation, whatever. Even though it’s not legal in Vancouver and even though he and 25 or 30 other shops have been ordered to close their doors, he, and they, remain open. He finds plenty of way to promote using marijuana, one of which is books. Adults read them too – and he says they’re for adults – but they read like children’s books, and children are now reading them and having them read to them by their parents.