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How To Change Your Environment After Drug Rehab

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.

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Recent Study Shows Huge Difference in Success Rate for Long-Term Drug Rehab

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.

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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. Read more

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Drug Addict? And How Long Does it Take for Drug Rehab?

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.

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Broward County, FL, Plagued with Drug Addiction, May Soon Get More Help

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.

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How Effective Are Twelve-Step Programs?

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.

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Do You Want Your Kids Reading Books That Make Marijuana Appealing?

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.

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How Do I Convince Someone to Get Help for Drugs or Alcohol?

Just about everyone who abuses alcohol or drugs has heard about it from their family or friends, They’ve tried to get them to drink less or not at all, or to quit taking drugs, or somehow get the help they need. Often, however, the advice, suggestions, pleas and demands fall on deaf ears. This is very frustrating for concerned parents and spouses who know the abuser is seriously in need of help. What causes this breakdown in communication? And is there anything you can do about it? Read more

Trump Promises to Lower Drug Prices – How Will that Affect Addicts?

Anyone keeping themselves informed about the drug addiction situation in the U.S. knows that prescription drug addiction is a big problem. Worse, it often leads to people getting their prescription drugs on the street from a drug dealer, and from there often leads to taking heroin because it’s cheaper. Will lowering the prices have a big impact on addiction and maybe help the addiction epidemic? Will it help you and your family and friends?

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No Man Is An Island – Especially When It Comes to Getting Off Drugs

Imagine this: You’ve been feeling sick for months. There’s usually no one to help you to even get food let alone tea, chicken soup, or vitamins. You lost your job three years ago, looked for another for a year and a half but wasn’t able to find one. There aren’t many jobs available in your area. Your finances are non-existent – you live day to day. Your spouse took off a long time ago, and your kids live with relatives because you can’t take care of them. The worse things got, the less you saw of your friends. You now live under a park bench and are on drugs. The drugs are the only things that help relieve the pain and sorrow. It’s the middle of the winter. Read more