Could LSD be Offered as a New Treatment for Alcoholism? Is That Even a Good Idea?

*+-Those trying to overcome alcoholism may struggle with this problem for years before they find the right treatment to help end the battle. But along the way, they could encounter treatment that does more damage than the disease. In a new report, LSD has been tested in Norway as a treatment for alcoholism and is being touted as a solution to the chronic, relapsing nature of the problem. In this study, more than 500 alcoholics were studied to determine their response to treatment with the hallucinogenic drug LSD. Two-thirds received LSD while the others received different treatments, and then their…

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New Study Reveals Alcohol is Never Safe During Pregnancy

*+-Opinions have varied widely on when it’s acceptable for a pregnant woman to drink. It wasn’t until 1973 that researchers identified Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), that collection of symptoms that show up in newborns when mothers drink, usually heavily, during pregnancy. FAS symptoms can include physical deformities to the head and face plus behavioral and learning problems. And it wasn’t until 1981 that there were definite warnings about drinking during pregnancy issued by the Surgeon General. One of the problems with collecting study data on the problem was that it was difficult to carry out a study that involved pregnant…

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Alternative Rehab for Addiction

*+-When families help an addicted loved one through rehab after rehab with no success, very often they begin to look for a different solution. The traditional rehabs of 28 or 30 days do not give most people time to rebuild lives that have been shattered by addiction. There are life skills that have been lost during the addiction, especially when it starts young or lasts a long time. It simply takes longer to recover physical health, mental stability, and the ability to make drug-free decisions. Therefore many people search for alternative rehabs after one or more tries at conventional rehabs…

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Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

*+-The options for alcohol addiction treatment vary hugely, from the prescription of drugs that are intended to make a person sick if they drink, to a continuous course of hundreds of meetings at support groups. In this area, there has been no standardization of treatment that has proven to be successful. Across the nation, the success rate for recovery at most treatment programs ranges from 16% to 20%. Some programs run at an even lower success rate than this. This singular lack of success can be very difficult for the family of an alcoholic who desperately wishes for his or…

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How to Recover from Heroin

*+-Finding out that a loved one has been using and is addicted to heroin is a terrible moment for any parent, sibling or other family member. Just as tragic is the fact that many heroin addicts go through rehab after rehab without finding stable recovery. That is the reason for the rise of the many other alternatives to real recovery from heroin addiction. These programs go a certain way down the road of helping a heroin addict achieve a better life but many stop there. There are programs in Europe, the US and Canada that provide heroin addicts with medical…

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What to do When Someone You Love Needs Drug Rehab

*+-There’s no way of telling who is going to need addiction treatment. When a child is growing up or in his or her teens, there’s no definite sign of who will be an addict or who will not. Addiction claims victims from all levels of society, all income levels, all education levels, all intelligence levels. Kind or not, handsome or not, none of that matters. One person may use some drugs, drink beer, whiskey, vodka, even experience alcohol poisoning and then leave it all behind. Another person will abuse the same substances and be lost to addiction. What really matters…

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What Do You Do When Someone Says They Don’t Need Drug Rehab?

*+-It is one of the worst ironies of addiction that drug abuse itself lowers the awareness of the problem a person is having with drugs. In so many cases, a person may refuse help recovering from drug addiction, may reject the idea of drug rehab, because he or she can’t see the damage. The family may be frantic, trying to revolve the obvious problems and get no cooperation from the addict. There are several responses addicts may make to an appeal to get help for the drug abuse problem. One is that they feel hurt not to be believed when…

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How to Tell When Drug Rehab is the Right Choice for a Loved One

*+-Everyone knows that there are drug rehabs all over the US and in other countries. But until they themselves have a real need, they may never think really think about how people get there, how that need comes about and how the decision gets made. But when a loved one is unmistakably addicted, that’s when it hits home. When everything else has been tried, when the pleading has had no effect, when every promise to stop drinking or using drugs has been broken, when there is just no other choice, then families know that the time has come for them…

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