Tag: Treatment

  • More addiction cures: Early promise for Risperidone in crystal meth addiction

    A recent open label study found some support for the effectiveness of a Risperidone injection, given once every 2 weeks, in reducing crystal meth (speed) use. The 22 patients who participated reduced their weekly crystal meth use from an average of 4 times per week to only 1 time per week. The difference between those […]

  • The best addiction treatment option

    I get asked which addiction treatment option is the best all the time. The short answer? Whichever one ends up working for the client. I don’t like being stuck in the corner, having to pick a “best of” option just because I’m asked. For some clients Moderation Management will work, others need intense day-treatment or […]

  • Evolution of Addiction Treatment – California learning

    Addiction conferences are getting more and more common, and quite a few nowadays showcase the talents of some very knowledgeable, and renowned, addiction experts. Coming from the academic side of things, I’ve been to conferences held by the American Psychological Association, the American Public Health Association, the Society for Neuroscience, and the College on Problems […]

  • Shame on me – Stigma and addiction in treatment

    I keep hearing that back in the old days of addiction treatment, shame was the main motivating factor used by rehab counselors. Everyone admits that it proved to be a horrible motivator. It simply didn’t work! With all the advances in research into addiction, that must have changed, right? I don’t think so. I see […]

  • Antisocial personality disorder – Drug policy and court mandated addiction treatment

    A recent study conducted by a group at the University of Maryland found that court-mandated addiction treatment is especially helpful for those with Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). Using 236 men, it was found the overall success for participants without ASPD was high (85%) whether the treatment was court mandated or not. However, for those with […]

  • Two forms of alcoholism: One which warrants a chronic disease model, and college

    I respect Stanton Peele, if for no other reason than simply because he is well informed and doesn’t mind telling us all about the way he sees things. However, even the mighty sometime misstep, and this article is about what I see as one of Dr. Peele’s errors. Why Stanton Peele thinks addiction isn’t a […]

  • Addiction services conference – Addiction research to addiction treatment success

    I’m currently attending UCSF‘s Addiction Health Services Research Conference. The 3 day event aims to improve addiction treatment by bringing together researchers, treatment providers, and state and federal policy players. I’m going to write from here after every day filling you all in on the latest and greatest. Today’s addiction research summary Today’s main topics […]