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What Is a Recovery Coach and Do I Need One?

What Is a Recovery Coach and Do I Need One?

Posted on March 29th, 2015

A recovery coach is a professional sober life coach. This is someone who guides and supports a person in recovery from addiction and helps prevent relapses. Did you know that up to 65 percent of people in the first year of recovery will relapse at least once? Those are daunting odds. The goal of a recovery coach is to be actively involved in the life of a recovering addict in order to prevent a relapse from happening. He or she acts as a combination counselor, sponsor, friend and coach. Should you think about hiring a recovery coach?

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How to Drastically Increase Success of Addiction Treatment

How to Drastically Increase Success of Addiction Treatment

Posted on March 27th, 2015

Despite all of society’s efforts, drug abuse and addiction are still serious problems in the modern world. The answers to the problem aren’t easy to come by, but there are many intelligent people working on providing them. Professor M. Douglas Anglin is one of the most respected addiction and treatment researchers in the country, having conducted research in the field since 1972 — providing him with over four decades of experience. He was the founding director of the UCLA Drug Abuse Research Center and currently serves as senior advisor at the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the university. Professor Michael Prendergast, director of the Criminal Justice Research Group at UCLA, investigates drug treatment strategies in the criminal justice system and helps to evaluate treatment programs throughout California. The Fix caught up with these two experts to see what they thought about the state of addiction treatment and how society’s drug issues can best be rectified.

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Half of Fatally Injured Young Drivers Are Under the Influence

Half of Fatally Injured Young Drivers Are Under the Influence

Posted on March 23rd, 2015

According to a new study, half of all fatally-injured drivers aged 16 to 25 are driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or both.

Driving under the influence is a very risky practice, and in addition to estimating its prevalence and underlining its risks, researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health were interested in the effects that policy—particularly the suggestion that the legal drinking age should be reduced to 18—could have upon usage rates of alcohol and marijuana and thereby DUI risk. The study suggests that reaching the legal drinking age makes using both marijuana and alcohol more common rather than replacing marijuana use with alcohol.

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Study: Young Opioid Addicts Benefit From Residential Treatment

Study: Young Opioid Addicts Benefit From Residential Treatment

Posted on March 20th, 2015

In America, young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 have unusually high chances of consuming an illegal opioid drug or abusing a prescription opioid medication. For this reason, young adults have heightened risks for opioid use disorder (the collective term for diagnosable opioid abuse and opioid addiction). In a study published in November 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a team of U.S. researchers investigated the effectiveness of abstinence-oriented residential treatment programs in helping young adults with opioid use disorder. These researchers concluded that such programs may be especially useful for young adults affected by opioid addiction.

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How Often Do Older People Have Alcohol Problems?

How Often Do Older People Have Alcohol Problems?

Posted on March 18th, 2015

In a study review published in January 2015 in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism, researchers from the United Kingdom’s University of Sheffield used data gathered from a range of the world’s industrialized nations to determine how often people in various countries age 51 and older experience diagnosable alcohol problems and subsequently modify their problematic drinking behaviors. In the U.S. and much of the rest of the world, alcohol consumption and problematic drinking behaviors tend to reach their highest levels in young people in the early stages of adulthood. However, while researchers and public health officials often focus their attention on these younger individuals, older adults also drink fairly frequently and experience exposure to alcohol-related harm.

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Can You Be an Alcoholic and Make Six Figures?

Can You Be an Alcoholic and Make Six Figures?

Posted on March 15th, 2015

It’s easy to tell that you’re an alcoholic when drinking causes you to become unable to hold a job or keep a job, or when it causes you to have major health problems or legal problems. It’s not quite as easy to acknowledge that you have a problem when you are very successful in your career, particularly when you make six figures.

An alcoholic who is able to be successful in his or her career or family life in spite of drinking too much is known as a functional alcoholic or a high-functioning alcoholic. This type of person appears so productive and responsible that the people in his or her life probably overlook the drinking problem.

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How to Help Your Adult Child Refusing Addiction Treatment

How to Help Your Adult Child Refusing Addiction Treatment

Posted on March 13th, 2015

Watching your child, whatever his age, struggle with addiction is terrible, especially when he refuses to get help. When you have reached the end of your rope, there are some last-ditch efforts you can make to get him into treatment. According to government statistics, over 23 million Americans have an addiction and need treatment, yet only about 3 million get that help. If you have an adult child in the same situation, you may think you have no options, but you do. Learn how to help your child and learn when you have done all you can.

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Is Your Teen at Risk for Prescription Drug Abuse?

Is Your Teen at Risk for Prescription Drug Abuse?

Posted on March 11th, 2015

Prescription drug abuse is a serious problem for America’s youngsters, and it’s important to understand what puts an individual at risk for misusing medications. Parents of teens need to know about not only these risk factors, but also the protective factors. When you are aware of the problem, you can take steps to protect your child. Drug abuse is always a serious issue, but prescriptions are especially problematic. Teens often mistakenly believe that they are safer to abuse than illegal drugs, and most parents are unaware of the extent to which teens misuse prescriptions. Educate yourself so you can protect your teen. 

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Cannabis as a Creative Muse? Don’t Count on It

Cannabis as a Creative Muse? Don’t Count on It

Posted on March 7th, 2015

Critics of marijuana legalization have often resorted to exaggeration and hyperbole to justify their position. But this is a sword that cuts both ways — marijuana advocates are often guilty of the very same behavior, making questionable claims about the benefits users of the drug can obtain.

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Most Teen Drinkers Experience Blackouts, Study Finds

Most Teen Drinkers Experience Blackouts, Study Finds

Posted on March 7th, 2015

A new study led by a professor at UC San Diego has found that almost all teenage alcohol drinkers between the ages of 15 and 19 experience at least one alcohol-related blackout (ARB).

Using data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children in Bristol, England, distinguished professor of psychiatry Marc A. Schuckit evaluated the presence of ARBs among 1,402 drinking adolescents aged 15, 16, 18 and 19. The results of the study revealed that only 5.1 percent of teen drinkers did not experience a blackout between the ages of 15 and 19.

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The Dangers of Spring Break Binge Drinking

The Dangers of Spring Break Binge Drinking

Posted on March 5th, 2015

Teens and college students heading out for spring break this year need to understand this rite of passage’s greatest danger: binge drinking. Too many young people have a lax attitude about drinking to excess and fail to realize that this kind of behavior isn’t a joke, that it has serious and even fatal consequences. If you have a teen or college-aged son or daughter making plans for spring break, sit down for a talk. With education about the facts, young people will be more empowered to make good choices while still enjoying a break from school.

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Getting Reoriented to the World After Rehab

Getting Reoriented to the World After Rehab

Posted on February 28th, 2015

Making it through detox and rehab are major accomplishments, but transitioning back into the real world isn’t always easy. There is no graduation date for recovery, and getting out of rehab is just a step on our journey. In a lot of ways, time spent in a treatment center is safe and sheltered. We are often told what to do and when. In rehab, meetings and counseling are easily accessible and we aren’t usually tempted by alcohol or drugs in this safe environment.

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