19 Feb 2012
Help in another form may be on the way for heroin addicts. In five years, researchers say a vaccine will be available as another treatment option for patients addicted to heroin. According to a report from the Mexican Health Secretary, upon further testing, the vaccine could also be used for cocaine and methamphetamine users.
The Department of Defense is adding more procedures to their drug screening program as they follow the patterns of drug misuse and see how they are evolving. Department Director, Joe Angello, recently spoke with the Pentagon Channel and reporters from the American Forces Press Service and told them they are adding two more drugs to their screening program.
17 Feb 2012
When a person first enters a drug rehab program it is often with a certain amount of fear and uncertainty. The same may be true for the loved one(s) who while anxious to see the person get free of their addiction, are not sure what it will take to get there and what role they may or may not play in the process.
16 Feb 2012
Eliminating addictive behavior and not just the addiction is the key to holistic drug abuse therapy. More addicts are turning to holistic rehabilitation centers to treat their substance abuse problems, according to a recent news article.
Many drug companies are currently completing trials through the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to produce a stronger version of Oxycodone that will be more potent and provide 10 times the pain relief as the current prescription. There are currently over 400 opiate painkillers that already blend the narcotic with various other medications but this new drug will be composed solely of Oxycodone alone.
13 Feb 2012
It is clear that intensive outpatient drug rehab is an attractive option for clinicians and patients alike. For example, intensive outpatient drug rehab costs roughly half of traditional inpatient treatment and allows patients with financial limitations to obtain a longer course of treatment. Studies routinely show that drug addiction treatment is most effective when spread out over a longer period of time. At the beginning of any program patients must invest a disproportionate number of treatment hours into learning new behaviors, participating in group therapy and working on their relapse prevention strategies; patients attending traditional treatment programs many not have enough time to master these new skills before they need to return to the outside world. In intensive outpatient drug rehab, however, patients can continue to meet familial and work obligations while they are going through the recovery process.
Alcohol is a depressant for the central nervous system. For this reason some people use it at the end of a long and trying day to “relax”. But alcohol is actually a drug that is suppressing normal body function.
When a person has become addicted to alcohol, the removal of the “drug” can cause quite the opposite reactions in the body. Rather than feeling relaxed, the alcoholic deprived of alcohol may experience agitation and hyperactivity which manifests in disquieting ways. Nonetheless, it is crucial that the person addicted to alcohol remove all vestiges of it from their system in order for recovery to begin.
Synthetic drugs, manufactured to emulate marijuana, cocaine and other designer drugs, are growing in popularity despite the fact that they are illegal in most states and pose many of the same dangers as their non-synthetic counterparts. At the same time, constant changes in their chemical formulation, make them challenging for forensic toxicologists to identify when police are called upon to find a cause of death.