Rehab performs the heroic task of saving lives on an immediate basis. But should it do more? If it is to be an effective part of solving a problem as deep and as wide as addiction it should; by reducing future risk of death.
It's NEVER a good time to be addicted. But the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic ups the stakes considerably. If ever there was a time to reach out to a loved one—or reach out yourself—for sobriety, it's right now.
Substance abuse among veterans is a growing problem. As military men and women return from deployment suffering from battlefield trauma, substance abuse becomes more prevalent. For those who struggle with physical injuries and horrific memories of war, drugs and alcohol can seem like a way out.
When I checked the news the other day I was shocked to find a story of a federal judge who ordered that a county jail in Massachusetts be made to give an inmate his methadone doses, so he could continue his medication-assisted therapy.
In 21st century America, drug and alcohol abuse is becoming more common, perhaps more common than it ever has been before. We are faced with a drug addiction epidemic, a crippling nightmare that has caused more than twenty-four million Americans to become hooked on drugs and alcohol.
Most of the time, when someone overdoses on drugs, they are taken to a hospital which treats the overdose. Of course, this is what happens when the addict is around someone who can call 911. But what happens when the patient recovers from the overdose?
Some say that it is the relationships that we foster with each other that are the very fabric that makes us human. Without a doubt, our relationships can be the difference between misery and happiness.
There is a very unfortunate belief held by some that a person must “hit rock bottom” before they can be helped. Yet with the type of drugs on the market today, a person can easily be dead before they hit rock bottom.
When someone you love needs help for a substance abuse habit that has spiraled out of control, you must find an effective rehab center. When talking to drug rehab centers, ask them about their approach to recovery and if long-term sobriety is an expected goal.
Can science cure addiction? This is one of those age-old questions. Highly debated. Constantly contested. Rarely agreed upon. We’re always hearing about the scientific research studies where scientists are able to supposedly “cure” addiction in lab rats.