Intervention

What is the success rate of alcohol intervention?

The problem with statistics is that, by Federal Statute, alcohol treatment is seriously confidential. Furthermore, outcomes over time are pretty much a guess, since it is pretty hard to track people whose treatment was confidential to begin with, many of whom have no desire to remain in contact with the treatment facility. Thus, these are educated guesses …

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Alcohol, Nicotine and Other Drugs During Pregnancy

Drinking and smoking during pregnancy are two of the major causes of developmental problems in children, both in the womb and postpartum. Smoking causes problems because of reduced oxygen to the fetus. The carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke can cut down the ability of the mother’s blood to transport oxygen by as much as 40%. …

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If you keep on doing what you used to do, you’ll get what you used to get. On the other hand…

This evening I was thinking back to the few weeks immediately prior to when my wife and I got sober.  Things were not going well for us at that point.  We had been evicted from two homes within the past year, and had two homes foreclosed — one of them the house where my mother …

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So, No One Understands Your Pain Pill Addiction?

How about the Deputy Commander of  United States Special Forces? In going public about his drug dependency during interviews with USA TODAY, [Lt. Gen.] Fridovich, 59, echoes the findings of an Army surgeon general task force last year that said doctors too often rely on handing out addictive narcotics to quell pain. An internal Army investigation report …

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What Is A High-Functioning Alcoholic?

Here at Sunrise Detox we run across a lot of misinformation about alcoholism, addiction, and abuse of alcohol and drugs. One of the more misunderstood issues is that of the high-functioning alcoholic. The stereotypical alcoholics who can’t keep a job, fail in their careers, destroy families and relationships and eventually end up jailed, homeless or …

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Just Two Non-Blaming Talks With Teens Can Reduce Marijuana Use

According to researchers at the University of Washington and Virginia Tech, just one brief voluntary discussion with an adult reduced teenagers’ use of marijuana by up to 20 percent.  The research was carried out among frequent users who, after hearing the program explained, volunteered to be interviewed. The researchers report that many of the teens …

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How Can I Help My Alcoholic Or Other Addict?

The short answer is, “You can’t.” Addicts of all kinds, including alcoholics, have to help themselves. They do not seek relief until they are so miserable that they see no alternative.  Therefore “helping” one is usually the worst possible thing that a friend or loved one can do. Making sure they have enough to eat, …

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Inhalant Abuse — The Invisible Addiction

Parents tend to be concerned, with good reason, about illicit drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin and alcohol (the most abused drug in the US).   However most of them, when asked, indicate that they have never considered the broad variety of perfectly legal substances containing volatile solvents or aerosols — many of them found in …

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