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New Mexico Governor Graces the Opening of New Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program for Teens

State Governor Susana Martinez led the ribbon cutting ceremony during the opening of a new treatment program which targets adolescents with drug and alcohol problems.

substance abuse treatmentGov. Martinez was joined by Maggie Hart Stebbins, Department of Health staff and Bernalillo County Commissioner, in unveiling the Adolescent Addiction Treatment Program which will combine drug and alcohol dependency treatment with mental health services.

The 20-bed inpatient unit is housed in Turquoise Lodge Hospital in Albuquerque at the MATS campus and will serve 14 to 18 year olds who have serious substance abuse addictions that has not been successfully treated.

“With this new program, we won’t wait until the severity of the problem progresses to criminal activity, incarceration, or overdose,” Gov. Martinez said in a news release. “We are addressing an immediate need in our state. New Mexico teens will get the help they need now. This program has the potential to be a model for teen drug treatment across the country.”

The $2 million addiction treatment program was funded through the state’s general fund as approved by the New Mexico Legislature and Gov. Martinez. According to Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward, MPH, the new unit will give teen patients access to inpatient services that were not previously available to them. Initially, patients will be accepted from referrals by Core Service Agencies located in Bernalillo County and expand to patients around the state throughout the year.

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How to Choose the Right Addiction Treatment

Looking for an effective addiction treatment program is like finding quality education for your kids. You go through a long list of options you can find on the Internet, review recommendations from friends, check whether the system will work for you, assess if the program specifically addresses your problem…the list goes on. To put it more bluntly, it entails a lengthy research unless you just want to waste money paying for a program that wouldn’t keep you sober long enough.

substance abuse treatmentIn the recent years, we have seen a lot of substance abuse treatment centers opening here and there. All of them promise to help addicts get their lives back using this and that programs. The question is: are any of those programs the right one for you?

If you will take an addiction treatment facility’s claim at face value it won’t be any easier for you to pick the right substance abuse treatment program.

A New York Times feature cited a 2012 study conducted by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University which concluded that “the vast majority of people in need of addiction treatment do not receive anything that approximates evidence-based care.”

The CASA Columbia report has exposed the sad truth that most of those providing addiction treatment are not medical professionals and are not equipped with the knowledge, skills or credentials necessary to provide the full range of evidence-based services.

So how do you make sure then that you’re not wasting time and money for an addiction treatment?

Anne M. Fletcher, a science writer and author of “Inside Rehab” and “Sober for Good,” offers the following guidelines:

1. Get an independent assessment of the need for treatment and kind of treatment needed from an expert who is not connected with the rehab center you are considering.

2. Check the credentials of the treatment program’s personnel.

3. Don’t choose a program just because it’s popular.

4. Meet with the therapist who will treat you and ask about your treatment plan.

5. Find out if you will receive therapy for any underlying condition, like depression or a social problem that could get in the way of your recovery.

6. Look for programs that use research-based approaches.

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Ohio State University to Offer Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Program

The Ohio State University has expanded its commitment to help addiction recovering students through its newly established program, the Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC).

Drug Addiction RecoveryOSU CRC is made possible in collaboration with Counseling and Consultation Services (CCS) and University Residences and Dining Services. Its goal is to provide encouragement and engagement to students who are in the addiction recovery process.

“We want this to be, as much as possible, a very healthy community of mutual support,” Curtis Haywood, a licensed professional clinical counselor for CCS, told The Lantern. “We don’t want to exclude any student that’s serious about recovery. If they’re serious about recovery, we want to be there with open arms welcoming them into this program.”

Although the program is still in its early stages, OSU plans to launch CRC at the start of the Fall 2013 semester and the recovery house in the Fall 2014 semester.

The program is modeled after a Texas Tech University recovery program. In addition to a recovery house, OSU’s recovery program components include academic advising, individual counseling, life skills workshops, community service opportunities, and family weekend — among others.

While OSU had offered services for those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, the CRC is its first comprehensive recovery program to date.

Other universities that have adopted a program like CRC include the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Michigan.

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Teen Mom Jenelle Evans Goes Back to Rehab for Heroin Addiction

Teen Mom star Jenelle Evans is once again admitted to a rehab facility. This time it’s at her own will.

Jenelle-EvansA source told Radaronline that the 21-year-old MTV star volunteered to seek treatment for her heroine addiction, as well as “related stresses stemming from her tumultuous last few months.”

“Everyone has been worried about Jenelle doing heroin, even though she was denying that for a long time,” the source said.

This isn’t the first time the reality TV star has been treated for drug abuse problem. In November 2012, Jenelle involuntarily committed to a rehab center for 72 hours. According to the source, she now wants to get clean not only for herself but also for her son.

“Jenelle has been through the wringer lately,” the source said. “She got married to a guy that she now thinks is a disaster, got pregnant, had a miscarriage and is basically falling apart.”

Meanwhile, Jenelle’s on-again boyfriend Gary Head defended her on Twitter regard her substance abuse issues. “Jenelle is NOT ON DRUGS. She got sent for emotional support because this season was so intense.” he tweeted on Feb. 25. “MTV Does not want her to see this season and then relapse BC of all the stress but I will say that Jenelle does not do drugs. I won’t allow that and he knows that if she ever goes back to drugs then she can have them. But she won’t have me.”

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Mindy McCready Found Dead at Her Heber Springs Home

Being in the limelight can be stressful enough for many Hollywood celebrities and musicians; leading a troubled life makes it even worst. For country singer Mindy McCready, life has just too many heartaches to bear, and it could be because of these heartaches that made her took her own life. She was only 37.

Mindy McCreadyMcCready was found dead at her Heber Springs, Ark. house in the afternoon of Feb. 17. According to police who responded on the scene, the troubled country singer suffered of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

According to the statement obtained by TMZ from the Sheriff’s Office, “Officers arrived on the scene at 3:58 PM and discovered the body of 37 year old Melinda Gayle McCready on the front porch of the residence at 1132 Fox Chase. Ms. McCready was pronounced dead at the scene from what appears to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

McCready had for years struggled with drug abuse and mental health problems. Her first suicide attempt happened in July 2005 in which she was hospitalized due to drug overdose after consuming a large amount of undisclosed drugs and alcohol. In Sept. 2005, she reportedly attempted suicide again by overdosing on antidepressants. On Dec. 2008, paramedics were called to her Nashville home after an apparent suicide attempt.

Friends and some family members said McCready’s life hit bottom after her partner and father of her youngest child, David Wilson, died in January this year. The unfortunate event was shortly followed by a judge order to remove McCready’s children under her care and to commit herself to a rehab facility to cope with her alcohol problems and mental health issues. On Feb. 7, she was released from the facility and was allowed to complete a 21-day outpatient program.

CNN quoted McCready’s NBC interview two weeks after Wilson’s death, in which she expressed the extreme pain she was harboring.

“I was hurting so bad, and then they just did whatever they could to make it hurt even more,” McCready said.

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What to Expect During an Inpatient Drug Detoxification Program

In our old posts, we have briefly discussed what drug and alcohol detoxification is about and why the process is necessary in treating addiction problems. Detox centers offer a wide range of services, one of them is inpatient drug detox which takes place under the supervision of medical professionals.

treatment supportWhile there are numerous information available for people who want to know how drug detox works, little is shared about what patients can expect during an inpatient drug detoxification program. As result, people who want to seek treatment for their substance abuse problems are often overwhelmed by fear and skepticism.

If you are considering to enrol a loved one in an inpatient drug detox program, here are a few things you should know:

Administered Drug Testing: When a drug addict enters a detox program, s/he will be subjected to a drug test to determine the specific substances present in the patient’s system. Drug testing is used to ensure safe detoxification and address withdrawal symptoms, as well as medical concerns, adequately.

Managed Withdrawal Symptoms: Heroin, morphine, or narcotic prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin may not produce life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, but they can become so agonizing. A detox center will use pain management techniques or non-addictive medications to treat any aches or muscle problems. Fluids will often be administered to prevent dehydration, and in some cases, nutritional supplements are recommended to help alleviate other withdrawal symptoms.

Counseling Services: Anxiety or depression can occur during a drug withdrawal process and this is where counseling really helps. Addiction counseling gives patients an opportunity to talk about their feelings. It wouldn’t be easy at first and most patients would barely talk during the first session. But a seasoned addiction counselor will be able to encourage patients to voice out their thoughts in the succeeding sessions. Counseling helps patients achieve peace of mind.

Increased Mental Clarity and Body Strength: As the detox program progresses, the patient will find his/her symptoms reducing and begin to experience mental clarity as cravings for drugs dissipate. Their short-term memory problems improve and their body begins to repair itself. Bone pains subside, blood pressure stabilizes, sleep becomes more restful, and skin regains its natural healthy glow.

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