Tag: outpatient substance abuse treatment

  • The cost of quitting alcohol and drug addiction – treatment tips for addicts

    Many users are discouraged by the cost of drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs. The treatment programs that advertise, which are normally the only ones most people hear about (you know them: Passages, Promises, Betty Ford and more) may offer services that are worthwhile, but they may not and consumers have no way to evaluate […]

  • The business of addiction treatment and health care

    Whether it’s you suffering with addiction or a loved one, it’s easy to forget that at least in this country, treating the sick is a cash-money-business. This is true for health-care as well as for addiction treatment, and as the polls right before the passage of the recent health-care reform suggest, enough Americans like it […]

  • Lindsay Lohan sentenced to 90 days in jail

    Well, I was hoping she’d avoid this, but maybe for Lindsay Lohan, like for me, it’s going to take a little jail-time to realize that screwing up royally isn’t as much fun as you thought it was. Lohan violated her probation terms multiple times and apparently couldn’t get herself out of this one. She’s going […]

  • Helping Addicts with medications for cravings

    If we could make it so drug addicts could stop craving the substances that have brought them to their knees, would relapse rates drop and addiction-treatment success rates soar? I sure hope so! Medications that stop cravings? I’ve already written about a study by the renowned addiction researcher Barry Everitt showing that medications could be […]

  • A million ways to treat an addict

    When I was still attending my addiction counseling classes at UCLA, we often discussed the many different tools now available when treating drug abuse (CBT, 12 step, medications, rapid detox, etc.). Still, most of the class members focused on how many of these don’t work with everyone and how some have actually resulted in problems […]