Why Recovery Programs are Customized for Different People

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If someone visits the doctor for a physical health problem, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, then there is often a standard set of treatments that can be used to help that person. Most doctors will follow specific guidelines regarding the medications and dosages that have been proven to work for that health problem.

But, when it comes to addiction recovery, there isn’t a cookie-cutter approach for every person. Instead of assuming that the same treatment will work for every patient, rehabilitation centers see the need to customize the treatment programs to match the needs of individuals. [Read more…]

Does Insurance Cover Drug Rehabilitation?

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Cost is often a big concern for people who are looking to support a family member suffering from drug addiction. There is no doubt that the person needs help, but how can you pay for the treatments that are required? Luckily, there are a few options that might be available to help cover the cost.

In fact, most health care plans offer drug treatment services with minimal out-of-pocket costs. People don’t often realize that this coverage is available, so they automatically assume that they need to pay for the services without help from the insurance company. We are working to break down this myth, helping people see that insurance might be helpful to pay for the services. [Read more…]

Being at Peace with Being “Healthy”

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Being at Peace with Being HealthyDefining healthy in terms of scientific measurement can involve anything from blood pressure to emotional well being, from cholesterol to lung capacity. Looking at the word “healthy” just encourages generalizations like “promoting good health”, “indicative of health”, or “in good health”. Often when we regard addiction as a disease, a sickness, or an insanity. These are certainly far from indicating or promoting good health.

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Trump Talks about the Emergency Opioid Epidemic and Questions are Raised about Funding

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Recently, President Trump talked about the need to fight against the opioid epidemic. But, his promises still need to link up with the funding and resources that are available to fight the addiction. In 2016, opioid use killed more than 64,000 Americans. This growing emergency needs to be addressed before the problem gets worse.

Public Health Emergency

In President Trump’s comments, he instructed that a limited 90-day public health emergency be declared through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. But, Congress hasn’t been asked to provide funds for insurance coverage or an expansion of treatment for people affected by this addiction. [Read more…]

Encouraging your Adolescent to Stay Substance-Free

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Encouraging your Adolescent to Stay Substance-FreeAdolescent ages are vulnerable to peer pressure as young people become keenly aware of cultural and societal norms driving expectations in their lives. Learning about drugs and alcohol from older siblings, friends’ older siblings, even drug awareness classes at school, can spark a lot of curiosity. Innocent experimentation can quickly lead to destructive habits and addiction. Though the technological age is booming and adolescents seem more engaged than ever, they face a lot of stress from which they seek to disconnect. Academic demands, cyber bullying, and a bleak economic future set a heavy burden on young people. With busy parents, it can be hard for some teenagers to find fun ways to enjoy their youth, without using substances to get drunk and high.
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Abuse vs Dependence

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substance dependenceSubstance abuse and substance dependence are often mistaken for one another. The DSM-IV, the diagnostic statistical manual of mental disorders, differentiates the two in great detail but with some similarities, while common language often uses the terms interchangeably. Therein lies the confusion of so many people around the world trying to decide where they stand in their relationship with substances. Both substance abuse and substance dependence demand critical attention from family members, loved ones, and health practitioners. Each provides insight to the suffering happening in someone’s life.
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How Naloxone Helps Someone Suffering from Heroin Overdose

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When someone is suffering from a heroin overdose, Naloxone is a solution that could potentially save the person’s life. This antidote drug can reverse the effects of the drug within a few minutes. If you know someone suffering from a heroin addiction, then it could be helpful to have Naloxone on hand. [Read more…]