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How to Become a Substance Abuse Counselor Becoming a substance abuse counselor can be rewarding, though the hours are long and the pay is often low. However, substance abuse counselors are in high demand and therefore a career in this field c... February 9, 2014
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Evaluate Treatments for Drug Addiction Did you know that about 23.2 million people over the age of 12 needed treatment for illegal drug or alcohol addiction in 2007? And, that only 2.4 million of these people actually received treatment at... August 4, 2013
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Hypnosis for Treating Addiction Hypnosis is one of the more well known and popular alternative therapies for treating addiction, and hypnosis therapy offers a powerful natural tool to assist individuals wanting to overcome their add... September 2, 2012
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Hypnosis for Drug Addiction Many drug addicts spend the better part of their lives looking for treatment that will help them kick their habit. They may also spend tens of thousands of dollars on therapy, medications and other re... July 12, 2011

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American Society of Addiction Medicine launches major research into opioid... Many FDA-approved medications used to treat opioid dependence are being limited by state governments. The argument is that some of these drugs are continuing to cause dependence - not treat the underl... February 27, 2013
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Lower socioeconomic groups less likely to complete rehab A new study published in Health Affairs found that factors linked to low socioeconomic status influenced addiction treatment outcomes negatively. Specifically, lack of education, unemployment and bein... January 30, 2013
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Latest controversial addiction treatment? Destroying the brain's pleas... If heroin or alcohol gives you that feel-good buzz, doesn't it make sense that an addict need only shut off the part of his brain responsible for that pleasure? That would be true, except that the par... December 13, 2012
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Teens benefit from 12-step programs too The go-to addiction therapy for adults is often a 12-step program. But until now, not much research has been done on how well teens benefit from these type of support groups. Findings recently publish... November 9, 2012
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Stepping Away from 12-Step Programs Several doctors and researchers view addiction as a disease and urge addicts to take a more medical approach to detox and recovery than 12-step programs, which are not very effective treatment plans f... September 28, 2012
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More Substance Abuse Professionals Needed for Military Personnel Members of the United States' armed forces are in need of more substance abuse professionals, according to a report released Monday by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The U.S. Department of Defense r... September 19, 2012

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Alcoholics Anonymous doesn't work for everyone -- and that's OK Failing to achieve sobriety using AA and other programs that insist alcoholics are powerless over their 'disease' doesn't mean an addict is without hope.By Amy Lee CoyAs I read Dr. Drew Pinsky's comme...
Is AA Wrong For You? By porkchoptzeThe Alcohol Harm Reduction BlogAlthough many people find that 12 step groups such as AA or NA are helpful for their drug or alcohol problems, a growing body of evidence suggests that jus...
AA Isn't the Best Solution: Alternatives for Alcoholics Building on an essay in Wired magazine by Brendan Koerner, New York Times conservative columnist David Brooks lauds to the sky AA and its founder, Bill Wilson. Both Brooks and Koerner point out the wo...
What Then, If Not A.A.? By Stinkin' Thinkin' - Muckraking the 12-Step IndustryIf you found your way to this blog, you probably have a reason. And if the reason is that you're having a problem with alcohol, I want to make sur...
AA is Faith-Based, Not Evidence-Based By Harriet Hall, Science-Based MedicineAlcoholics Anonymous is the most widely used treatment for alcoholism. It is mandated by the courts, accepted by mainstream medicine, and required by insurance c...
Secret of AA: After 75 Years, We Don't Know How It Works AA addresses this risk with the eighth and ninth steps, which require alcoholics to make amends to people they've wronged. This can alleviate feelings of guilt and in turn limit the stress that may un...