Adolescent Treatment: Its History and Current Renaissance

Adolescent Treatment: Its History and Current Renaissance William L. White, MA, Michael Dennis, PhD, & Frank M. Tims, PhD The United States experienced a number of troubling drug trends during the past decade. Most prominent among these trends was a surge in youthful polydrug use (cannabis, stimulant, hallucinogen, sedative), a rise in juvenile opiate addiction, […]

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Acupuncture: A Valuable Adjunct Therapy

Acupuncture: A Valuable Adjunct Therapy: Michael O. Smith, MD, DAc “Acu detox,” a simple and low-cost technique derived from acupuncture, is now used by approximately 1,000 addiction treatment programs in the United States and abroad. Clinical evidence supports its use in ameliorating withdrawal and craving symptoms of alcohol, opioid, and cocaine dependence, as well as […]

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Depression: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Depression: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment by Joseph M. Carver, Ph.D., Psychologist Introduction: Depression is perhaps the most common of all mental health problems, currently felt to affect one in every four adults to some degree. Depression is a problem with mood/feeling in which the mood is described as sad, feeling down in the dumps, being […]

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REDUCING HARM: A VERY GOOD IDEA

Robert W. Westermeyer, Ph.D. “In essence, a policy of harm reduction requires an approach of pragmatism rather than purism–an acceptance that it may sometimes be better to go for a probable silver than a possible gold.”—John Strang The paradigm of Harm Reduction is a kindergarten-simple. This approach to addiction is viewed by some as compassionate […]

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What is dual diagnosis?

A dual diagnosis occurs when an individual is affected by both chemical dependency and psychiatric/emotional illness. Both illnesses may affect a person physically, socially, psychologically, and spiritually. Each illness has symptoms that interfere with a person’s ability to function effectively. The illnesses may affect each other, and each disorder predisposes to relapse in the other […]

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Women and Alcohol

Women and Alcohol: By Mary Ellen Hettinger A montage of America’s women alcoholics might include photos of the following nameless faces. * The 64-year-old grandmother who takes her 11-year-old granddaughter bar hopping at night; * College roommates who “get blottoed” regularly, binge-drinking on Friday afternoon, then waking on Sunday at dawn with no memory of […]

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New Advances in Alcoholism Treatment

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism No. 49 October 2000 ———————————————————————— New Advances in Alcoholism Treatment More than 700,000 Americans receive alcoholism treatment on any given day (1). However, the techniques of alcoholism therapy have traditionally been based on clinical experience and intuition, with little rigorous validation of their effectiveness (2). Over the past […]

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