States across the US are faced with a problem – there are not enough resources to incarcerate all those who have been sentenced to jail. When faced with overcrowding, officials must try to determine which criminals are the least dangerous to society so that they can be released to make room for others. At the same time, both the medical and judicial communities are discovering that crime arising from drug and alcohol addiction would be reduced or eliminated if the addiction were treated.
When a drug rehab treatment program begins assessing and treating a new client, the clinical staff often seeks information from third parties, such as relatives and friends, coworkers and employers, law enforcement personnel, school officials, and other medical professionals. However, how is it possible to gather the type and scope of background information necessary to properly treat a patient suffering from alcoholism or drug abuse while at the same time protecting his or her private and health-related information?
28 Nov 2011
Although many drug rehab facilities cater to both men and women, optimum treatment interventions are not necessarily the same for both populations. For instance, women may need medical, psychosocial, family, peer support and similar services that are different from what men require. However, because women are the minority in many rehab facilities, specialized services geared toward them are often missing or inferior. At a minimum, there is a need for development of gender-specific sub-programs in mixed gender facilities. Ideally, the addiction medical community will continue to recognize the vast differences in treatment needs between men and women and begin opening women-only programs.
A recent study shows that, in the past twelve months, 20% of junior and senior high school students in the United States have abused the drugs prescribed to them by doctors. This number closely matches the rate of abuse among adult populations, causing concern among health care providers that our more innocent members of society are being drawn in to the murky world of addiction earlier than ever before.
Parents of children who are labeled as gifted may, in some ways, feel that they have a bit of insurance against later problems. The children may not struggle with understanding concepts in ways that other children could, and with the addition of hard work, they may excel academically.
Much of mental health treatment focuses on the root causes underneath the fruit of poor behaviors. After all, actions don’t originate from thin air. What if part of the root problem is too much self-focus? What if people struggling with addictions were encouraged to focus more attention on the needs of others? What if helping my neighbor ended up being a way to help myself?
17 Nov 2011
Synthetic drugs are sweeping the nation, often with tragic results. “Fake pot” products such as K2 and Spice have grown in popularity, prompting state and federal bans that classify the drugs as Schedule 1 controlled substances similar to heroin and cocaine.