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March 23, 2017
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Occupational Group Therapy for Substance Abuse

outpatient-drug-rehab-in-floridaWhat is occupational therapy utilized for? Occupational therapy help clients properly analyze and improve their daily routine, in accordance to how substance abuse affects their mental, physical and spiritual health; as a result, the client will be able to focus on what is really important to him or her, and overcome drug abuse. Whatever occupation the person is dealing with, he or she will learn how to adapt to certain situations and handle stress in healthier ways – without resorting to drugs to deal with occupational stress, such as parenting, working in a fast-paced job environment, or moving up in one’s career. The goal is to improve the skills needed to be successful in one’s career, and not use substances as a crutch.

Meanwhile, occupational therapy practitioners study their patients’ habits, behaviors and desires, guiding the individual everyday toward clarity. The goal of the practitioner is to help figure out what occupational roles are best suited for the client, which narrows down to activities that produce the most joy and sense of well being for the client.

Many people find that avoiding relapse is about focusing on drug-free activities that make you feel alive, happy, and important. A productive occupation can be a remedy of some sort, taking one’s mind off from drugs and reckless behavior. Find activities that are meaningful to you, and that will replace your need for mind-altering substances.

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March 21, 2017
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China Bans Fentanyl Finally, Could Help US Curb Addiction Crisis

alcohol-drug-detoxIn February 2017 China announced that it will ban carfentanil, uranyl fentanyl, acrylfentanyl and valeryl fentanyl from being manufactured. US officials stated that this ban will affect our country in significant ways, such as reducing the 700+ people fentanyl kills each year. It is a painkiller 50 times more potent than heroin, and 100 times stronger than morphine.

“The DEA views China’s actions to be four giant steps in the right direction, steps that will ultimately lead to the reduction of numerous overdoses that have occurred throughout the United States, especially the last couple of years,” DEA spokesman Melvin Patterson stated.

The good news is that China’s decision to make fentanyl harder to access will save lives here in the US. Their new regulation will make illicit production more difficult to come by – however, the problem of legal access to prescription painkillers is still the core of the problem (not illicit supply), and that has yet to be solved. That’s something China can’t help us with at the moment, but they’ve done their part for now.

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March 20, 2017
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Being Able to Relieve Stress Without Drugs

Drug-and-Alcohol-Rehab-in-FloridaWhen stress affects our mental state, it will eventually affect our physical state and behavior. We react to stress normally, almost every day – it’s just human nature. A career can cause high stress, perhaps a family dysfunction or living situation can cause it. Some people however, react in unhealthy ways. Drug use is one of those unhealthy ways, leading to addiction, depression, additional mental health problems, and a lower quality of life if the person is not able to learn how to cope with high volumes of stress.

As a result, drug use happens when an individual attempts to manage stress in a misguided way. Drug use only masks the problem, and sometimes, it doesn’t mask at all, it just worsens it. By masking the real problem, drug users find that they can temporarily get away from thinking about the problem if they are high and having a good time. However, other drugs might make the worry worse, such as alcohol, by enhancing the stressed state of the individual. That is why alcoholics are sometimes aggressive, get into altercations, and make risky decisions when under the influence.
There are healthy ways of handling stress that should be considered daily. The following ideas can serve as better alternatives for dealing with stress and avoiding drug use:

• Exercise – naturally relieves stress
• Get some air, walk in nature – enjoy a beautiful walk by the beach, countryside, or plain fields
• Play with your pet – this is fun way of getting your mind out of a funk
• Meditate or practice healthy visualizations to find peace with yourself and your surroundings
• Reward yourself and wind down– watch a film, cook, read a book, take a hot bath or get a massage. Don’t be afraid to pamper yourself, that’s ok too.

Drugs simply cannot give you the things that these activities can. Instead, they slowly (and sometimes quickly) destroy the mind and body, making you unable to make progress and improve your relationship with stress.

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March 17, 2017
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NIDA: Types of Treatment Programs

The following is an excerpt from the National Institute on Drug Abuse

Article: Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide

Types of Treatment Programs

Research studies on addiction treatment typically have classified programs into several general types or modalities. Treatment approaches and individual programs continue to evolve and diversify, and many programs today do not fit neatly into traditional drug addiction treatment classifications.

Long-Term Residential Treatment

Long-term residential treatment provides care 24 hours a day, generally in non-hospital settings. The best-known residential treatment model is the therapeutic community (TC), with planned lengths of stay of between 6 and 12 months. TCs focus on the “resocialization” of the individual and use the program’s entire community—including other residents, staff, and the social context—as active components of treatment. Addiction is viewed in the context of an individual’s social and psychological deficits, and treatment focuses on developing personal accountability and responsibility as well as socially productive lives.

Short-Term Residential Treatmentheroin-rehab

Short-term residential programs provide intensive but relatively brief treatment based on a modified 12-step approach. Following stays in residential treatment programs, it is important for individuals to remain engaged in outpatient treatment programs and/or aftercare programs. These programs help to reduce the risk of relapse once a patient leaves the residential setting.

Outpatient Treatment Programs

Outpatient treatment varies in the types and intensity of services offered. Such treatment costs less than residential or inpatient treatment and often is more suitable for people with jobs or extensive social supports.  In many outpatient programs, group counseling can be a major component. Some outpatient programs are also designed to treat patients with medical or other mental health problems in addition to their drug disorders.

Individualized Drug Counseling

Individualized drug counseling not only focuses on reducing or stopping illicit drug or alcohol use; it also addresses related areas of impaired functioning—such as employment status, illegal activity, and family/social relations—as well as the content and structure of the patient’s recovery program. Through its emphasis on short-term behavioral goals, individualized counseling helps the patient develop coping strategies and tools to abstain from drug use and maintain abstinence.

Group Counseling

Many therapeutic settings use group therapy to capitalize on the social reinforcement offered by peer discussion and to help promote drug-free lifestyles. Research has shown that when group therapy either is offered in conjunction with individualized drug counseling or is formatted to reflect the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy or contingency management, positive outcomes are achieved. Currently, researchers are testing conditions in which group therapy can be standardized and made more community-friendly.

Treating Criminal Justice-Involved Drug Abusers and Addicted Individuals

Often, drug abusers come into contact with the criminal justice system earlier than other health or social systems, presenting opportunities for intervention and treatment prior to, during, after, or in lieu of incarceration. Research has shown that combining criminal justice sanctions with drug treatment can be effective in decreasing drug abuse and related crime.

Source: www.drugabuse.gov

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March 16, 2017
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Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

addiction-treatment-facility (1)Short term withdrawal symptoms can deter progress in recovery, that’s a common problem that many people encounter when attempting to quit using. In fact, relapse is often the result of Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome – which is defined as having withdrawal symptoms that persist for an extended amount of time during cessation of drug use.

Causes:

PAWS is usually experienced by those who quit opioids after a period of addiction or abuse.Unlike Acute withdrawal, PAWS occurs months after drug cessation. It also affects people discontinuing alcohol, benzodiazepines, antidepressants, and antipsychotics. The individual will endure long term functional impairment as a result of PAWS, which may last weeks, months, or even years depending on the individual and how they interacted with the drug during the time of addiction. Factors that affect PAWS include: time span of drug use, frequency of use, regular dosage amount, and quitting cold turkey as opposed to tapering off.

Symptoms:

Anhedonia, Anxiety, Cognitive impairment, Concentration problems, Cravings, Depression, Emotional instability, Fatigue, Hypochondria, Hypersensitivity, Insomnia, Memory impairment, Obsessive-compulsive behaviors, Panic attacks, Social withdrawal

Treatment:

Treatment for PAWS involve both behavioral changes for stress reduction for example, and physical supplementation, such as: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exercise, Planned Nutrition, pharmaceutical drugs, sleep, supplementation and tapering.

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March 15, 2017
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Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) vs. Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

meth-addiction-treatmentPartial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) are two common addiction rehab approaches with similar qualities and features.

PHP is firstly a comprehensive form of outpatient treatment, helping individuals heal through individual and group therapy, psychotherapy, and holistic approaches. With PHP, clients are allowed to return everyday to eat, sleep and receive therapy – generally the program requires up to 4 hours of therapy sessions each day. If necessary, detox and clinical care is provided to help individuals cope with withdrawal symptoms and relapse.

Intensive Outpatient is similar to PHP in that it also features the same kinds of therapies, such as individual therapy and yoga – but IOP is simply not as time intensive, and allows individuals to make up their schedule as they see fit. It’s all about creating a specialized treatment program that surrounds the client’s schedule, and not the other way around. A normal schedule would be for example, 5 days a week with 10 hours of therapy, or nighttime only 3 days a week. IOP ultimately helps individuals attend to personal responsibilities outside of rehab, such as work, school or being with family.

IOP is generally less costly than PHP, and while PHP offers more therapy in a comprehensive program, IOP does not offer as much therapy, though it gives the client more freedom and independence in their daily schedule.

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March 14, 2017
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Survey Links “Stress And Drug Use” For Young Adults In New Hampshire

Mental health experts often claim that stress and anxiety is often what leads people to drug abuse and addiction. In New Hampshire, a study that focuses on exactly that – the link stress between and drug abuse in young adults – attempts to shed light on the matter. The state released an online survey that contacted over 4,330 people, most of whom were young adults living in New Hampshire.

Tdrug-alcohol-detoxhe young adults in the survey were aged 18 to 25. From the data collected in the survey, the researchers found that indeed stress had a significant role in drug abuse behavior because young adults have trouble developing healthy mechanisms to deal with the hardships of life.

Some problems identified were financial hardship, concerns about future job opportunities, and not being able to attain the same quality of life that their parents had. These kinds of pressure, especially when occurring constantly and at the same time, can lead young adults to seek an escape from reality, and be free from worry temporarily.

Young adults are also aware of the dangers, but somehow take the risk anyway because they believe they can control their intake. However, addiction does not occur overnight, but rather, in a time span of a few weeks, months or even years. Sometimes an individual is simply addicted before realizing it, and that’s when the vicious cycle of relapse begins.

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March 13, 2017
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NIDA: Treatments Effective for People Who Abuse Methamphetamine?

Information is courtesy of the National Institute on Drug Abuse

What treatments are effective for people who abuse methamphetamine?

The most effective treatments for methamphetamine addiction at this point are behavioral therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral and contingency-management interventions. For example, the Matrix Model, a 16-week comprehensive behavioral treatment approach that combines behavioral therapy, family education, individual counseling, 12-Step support, drug testing, and encouragement for non-drug-related activities, has been shown to be effective in reducing methamphetamine abuse. Contingency management interventions, which provide tangible incentives in exchange for engaging in treatment and maintaining abstinence, have also been shown to be effective. Motivational Incentives for Enhancing Drug Abuse Recovery (MIEDAR), an incentivebased method for promoting cocaine and methamphetamine abstinence, has demonstrated efficacy in methamphetamine abusers through NIDA’s National Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network.

Although medications have proven effective in treating some substance use disorders, there are currently no medications that counteract the specific Drug-Addiction-Treatment-Facility-in-Floridaeffects of methamphetamine or that prolong abstinence from and reduce the abuse of methamphetamine by an individual addicted to the drug. NIDA has made research in the development of medications to treat addiction to stimulants and other drugs a priority, however. One approach being tried is to target the activity of glial cells. A drug called AV411 (ibudilast) that suppresses the neuroinflammatory actions of glial cells has been shown to inhibit methamphetamine selfadministration in rats and is now being fast-tracked in clinical trials to establish its safety and effectiveness in humans with methamphetamine addiction. Also under study are approaches that use the body’s immune system to neutralize the drug in the bloodstream before it reaches the brain. These approaches include injecting a user with antimethamphetamine antibodies or with vaccines that would stimulate the body to produce its own such antibodies. Researchers have begun a clinical study to establish the safety of an antimethamphetamine monoclonal antibody known as mAb7F9 in human methamphetamine users.

Source: www.drugabuse.gov

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Florida Center for Recovery prepares each person for a successful recovery with an aftercare program that includes a support system, AA or NA meetings and personal accountability. Intensive Outpatient or Outpatient Treatment may be recommended upon successful completion of the program.

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