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Can substance abuse treatment programs really work?

Can substance abuse treatment programs really work?

Yes: In my experirnce the right program which encompass not only the addiction problem but also the aftercare have tremendous results. One such program is the clarity program out of farmingtom, mi. Great, dedicated people with a caring, confidential, and patented approach to get your life back! ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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Whatis the best addiction treatment program?

Whatis the best addiction treatment program?

The one that works: The 12-step programs have been very successful. However, there are other methodologies that work. Like most mental health treatments, you must fit the patient to the treatment modality. ...Read more

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What are treatment options for nicotine addiction recovery?

What are treatment options for nicotine addiction recovery?

Prevent withdrawal: The nicotine patch provides a constant level of nicotine in the blood, preventing acute withdrawal from smoking. The dose may be gradually reduced, allowing for a gentle detoxification which is best facilitated by mutual support, available in nicotine anonymous. ...Read more

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How does Suboxone treatment for addiction work?

How does Suboxone treatment for addiction work?

Suboxone is ....: Not a pure opioid but it blocks the same opioid receptors as opioids do. It is different because it does not activate the receptors like a pure opioid and does not give you the same type of response. So no good feelings that require a gradual increase in dosage like pure opioid. Suboxone is used to allow you to get off an opioid fairly comfortably and the keep cravings at bay. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for gambling addiction?

What is the treatment for gambling addiction?

I'm glad you asked: There are a variety of cognitive and medication-based treatments. Of all the addictions, this is the one most likely to lead to suicide. Think of those who you love, and who love you. You are CERTAIN to lose this if the behavior continues. Let this give you the strength to go along with treatment. ...Read more

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How effective's motivational enhancement therapy treating addiction?

How effective's motivational enhancement therapy treating addiction?

Very: Without "met", many patients will remain in denial, sabotage their treatment, offer resistance or quit treatment. Keeping the patient in treatment is key in the early phase of treatment. ...Read more

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Any substance abuse treatment centers for people with ketamine addiction?

Any substance abuse treatment centers for people with ketamine addiction?

AAC: Ketamine is gaining popularity as a club drug between young adults. Separate perception from sensation. Call american addiction centers at 866- 572-1806. ...Read more

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Are there treatment options for cocaine addiction?

Are there treatment options for cocaine addiction?

New vaccine made: A vaccine against Cocaine is under development and has shown some good results in lab animals. An effective human vaccine may be 15-20 years away. ...Read more

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Is psychotherapy a realistic treatment for chronic alcoholism?

Is psychotherapy a realistic treatment for chronic alcoholism?

Treat Alcoholism: Definitely. I would recommend a cognitive-behavioral therapist (cbt) who specializes in substance abuse and is familiar with motivational interviewing. This treatment is the most research-supported. However, initial detoxification in a hospital may be necessary (to prevent life-threatening withdrawal symptoms) and the person should seek an evaluation for this as a first step. ...Read more

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Is counseling effective in treating internet addiction?

Is counseling effective in treating internet addiction?

Some could be: Internet addiction takes many faces and is becoming more common. It can be internet porn, cybersex, internet gaming & gambling, compulsive web surfing, etc. If you're using this to modulate mood and are doing it more than you intend, you may well have an addiction similar to use of a substance. Some types of counseling may be helpful. Here is a resource: http://www.Netaddiction.Com/. ...Read more

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How effective is psychotherapy for treating alcoholism?

How effective is psychotherapy for treating alcoholism?

Can be a great plus: Psychotherapy can be a powerful piece of the treatment for alcoholism. It's usually combined with a program of social support or a 12-step program (Alcoholics Anonymous) which helps the person progress toward abstinence and sobriety. When a person stops drinking, their problems in living become more visible -- usually along with discomfort or anxiety. _That's_ what the psychotherapy addresses. ...Read more

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How effective is rational emotive behavior therapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is rational emotive behavior therapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Rational emotive: therapy is an early form of Cognitive Therapy or CT. Research shows Exposure+Response Prevention and CT work best. E+RP is a structured program of confronting the feared situation or thought without using the compulsive behavior to escape from it. CT challenges faulty thinking associated with OCD. Effective treatment with either approach takes a very skilled therapist. ...Read more

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What's multidimensional family therapy for addiction?

What's multidimensional family therapy for addiction?

Multidimensional : Multidimensional family therapy (mdft) is a comprehensive, family-based outpatient or partial hospitalization (day treatment) program for substance-abusing adolescents. Both the teen and family develop more effective coping and problem-solving skills for better decision-making. It helps the family improve its functioning -- a protective factor against substance abuse & related problems. ...Read more

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Options to overcome phentermine addiction?

Options to overcome phentermine addiction?

Addictionologist: You should see a board certified addictionologist for help. I have treated many with amphetamine dependency. There are some medications which can help with the lethargy and depression until that goes away. I also recommend narcotics anonymous. Your success with treatment will be directly related to how much effort you put into it. It's hard, but you can do it. There's still hope if you're trying. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for procrastination addiction?

What is the treatment for procrastination addiction?

Not an Addiction: Although it can certainly have negative consequences, there is no evidence that procrastination falls into the category of behavioral addictions. I would address procrastination by breaking tasks up into smaller segments & working on them. I would also schedule in some short breaks so it's not all drudgery. ...Read more

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Best treatment for lifelong lsd flashbacks?

Best treatment for lifelong lsd flashbacks?

Unknown: Since the cause of flashbacks is mostly unknown, i.e., could be related to situational memory states, simply a memory cued like others with a sensory trigger (music, light, smell), (unlikely) sequestered drug being released, some other neurological cue (trauma-like reaction) or process, the treatment is not widely known if it exists. Regular primary care, healthy lifestyle &drug abstinence is key. ...Read more

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How effective is group psychotherapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is group psychotherapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

It's promising: Recent studies indicate Cognitive Therapy or CT in a group format is effective at reducing symptoms of OCD. Earlier studies found two psychological approaches, Exposure+Response Prevention and CT to be effective. Both are structured programs that challenge the behaviors and thoughts of OCD. Ask the therapist about the specific type of treatment they use and whether it has research support. ...Read more