Tag: intervention

  • Teens and drugs: Drug use statistics and treatment that works

    Here are some drug use statistics: Over 80% of teens engage in some form of deviant behavior (1). Over 50% of high-school seniors admit to having used drugs (2). Only 10%-15% of the population develop drug addiction problems related to their drug use (1). The question is: If the majority of teens experiment with drug […]

  • Biology, environment, or psychology? Which is most important in addiction?

    I get asked this question a lot, both by people who are fully committed to the biological (or brain) model of addiction and ones who thinks it’s crap and that it’s all about psychology, experience, and motivation. The thing is that it is absolutely impossible to separate the influence of the brain, environment, and psychology […]

  • About Addiction: Prescription drugs, Alcohol prices, and prevention among teens

    You know you care about addiction, and you know you love reading addiction news and research – A3 does it all for you and gathers things up in a nice little package we call our weekly “about addiction” post. It’s the fastest way to get the information you want, even if you didn’t know it […]

  • Oxycontin and Gambling Addiction on A&E’s Intervention

    On last week’s episode of A&E’s Intervention, we were able to see how a prescription drug abuse problem can devastate the lives of addicts and their families. As we’ve already mentioned on A3, prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the U.S. at the moment having gone up more than 400% in […]

  • A&E’s Intervention – Joey, the middle class, heroin addiction, and hepatitis C

    A&E’s Intervention built quite an initial popular following for itself by choosing subjects with disarmingly unique stories and addictions. However, as the show has progressed, it has found strength in an ability to show America the true face of addiction: the so-called normal, everyday people battling their demons in private. Heroin addiction doesn’t understand “class” […]

  • A&E’s Intervention: The Johnson Model, Motivational Interviewing, and more

    A&E’s “Intervention” is a reality series that follows one individual struggling with addiction per episode.  Family and friends gather with an interventionist toward the end of the episode and an intervention is planned.  The addict is then given a choice between leaving immediately for rehab or risk losing contact, financial support or some other privileges […]

  • Women, Trauma and HIV Transmission

    Co-authored by Jamie Felzer Just how much can the events of a traumatic childhood affect the likelihood of contracting HIV or other serious diseases in later life? Unfortunately, recent research shows that the effect can be profound, especially for women.The silver lining may be in our ability to reduce later HIV transmission by providing better […]

  • Maybe its not all about friends: Parents, race, alcohol, and drug abuse

    contributing author: Gacia Tachejian Have you ever asked yourself where it is that kids learn about drug use? Parents have long been known to protect their young ones from “bad” influences from outside, but a recent study at Yale shows that a major source influence still exists within the home. Interestingly, the researchers, headed by […]

  • Enforcement Vs. Prevention and Treatment – Solving our addiction problem requires all three

    The U.S. policy regarding the drug problem is still centered mainly on the enforcement of its drug laws and intervention in the drug supply both within the U.S. and in neighboring countries. There is no question that this “crusade” has had an impact. Importing a kilogram of cocaine into the US costs approx $15000 (an […]

  • And the winner is… Cocaine: The US-Mexico drug war.

    This post is based on an amazing broadcast I heard on KPCC, a local NPR radio-station; the story was part of Zocalo radio. In the story, Dr. Josh Kun spoke about the struggles of the war on drugs and the recent massive casualties on the southern side of the border. I had talked about this […]