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Addressing Underlying Causes Vital Component of Addiction Recovery

While detox is a crucial first step in finding recovery from drug addiction, getting through it is far from crossing the goal line. To be considered successful, addiction treatment needs to help the person understand what led them to substance abuse in the first place and then develop new skills for handling those stresses as well as the myriad temptations that will come along once the rehab program ends. The...

Study Examines Effectiveness of Hospital Stays in Treating Alcohol-Related Illnesses

Hospitalization for those with a drinking problem is often assumed to be a proper course of action to help decrease alcoholism. While this is viewed as an opportunity to take advantage of a teachable moment, studies examining the practice have not always found decreases in drinking as a result of these stays. According to a recent Science Daily release, study findings exploring the relationship between hospital...

Topiramate and Alcohol Addiction Treatment

The National Insitute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) continues its active funding of research into new and more effective treatments for various kinds drug and alcohol dependence. Alcohol dependence afflicts about 4 percent of the adult U.S. population, and is the third leading cause of preventable death in this country – but only about 10 to 15 percent actually seek treatment for the disease. A great deal of positive...

TEDS Examines Substance Abuse Characteristics for Treatment Admissions (Part I)

The Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) is a summary report of information on the demographic and substance abuse characteristics of 1.8 million annual admissions to treatment for abuse of alcohol and drugs in facilities that report to State data systems. This report covers admissions for 1997-2007. There are a number of reasons an individual will report to a treatment facility, but five substances accounted for 96...

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