Ask your friends if they think you have a drinking problem, and they’ll most likely say no – even if you did have a few too many at the last party. Look inside your fridge, and you’ll find a few half-full bottles of wine or a 12-pack of beer – no more or less than what you’d find in most people’s kitchens, right? Think how often you crave a nightcap after a stressful day at work. “I’m just unwinding at the end of a long day,” you think to yourself while pouring a second or third glass. But deep down, you suspect you might be drinking too much – even if your relationship with alcohol seems, on the surface, “normal.” And you know what? You might be right.
Life isn’t black and white – and neither is your relationship with alcohol. Although experts once treated “alcoholic” and “non-alcoholic” as two separate entities, physicians are now starting to view individuals’ relationship with alcohol on a spectrum. Just because you haven’t reached the spectrum’s end doesn’t mean alcohol isn’t interfering with your day-to-day well-being. Nor does it mean you don’t need to curb your consumption. Read more
A substance Abuse Treatment involves several stages:
1. Intervention. The individuals who need drug or alcohol rehab treatment are usually the last to realize the problem, and the last to search for appropriate help. Alcohol and drug interventions involves a close circle of family and friends, intervention specialist, and the loved one who suffers from substance abuse problem. The goal of intervention is to educate and confront addict about his or her addiction problem, achieve willingness of the loved ones to receive help. Read more
Substance abuse is a big part of an american life. Alcohol and drugs have become accessible to our young generations, more then ever compare to decades ago. Substance abuse had become a common problem in military life, and among the elderly. Many people become addicted to drugs and alcohol due to their unsafe environment, and poor living conditions. Often these children observe their parents using various types of drugs, and therefore they become addicted to these substances. Unfortunately today, many young teens start experimenting with drugs for other reasons. Many start using commonly known street drugs, or prescription medication for the recreational purposes, stress of schools, colleges, and peer pressure. Many teens turn to drugs as a “void” from their dysfunctional families, broken relationships, and bulling.
Substance abuse had penetrated to our homes, schools and places of work. Substance abuse is a major health risk in our country. Read more
awards up to $6 million in grants for Teen Court Program
Ten Teen Court Program grants totaling up to $6 million over the next three years will provide substance abuse treatment services and related recovery support services to youth with substance abuse and/or co-occurring treatment needs involved in a teen court program. The funding is from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The services are designed to support partnerships between teen court programs and community-based treatment and recovery services. It is part of SAMHSA’s efforts to divert youth with substance abuse treatment needs from further criminal behavior. Read more
A Different Model for Drug Rehab offenders
Juvenile treatment drug courts grew out of the adult treatment drug courts model, which has proven successful in reducing rates of re-offending (see “Incarceration vs. Treatment: Drug Courts Help Substance Abusing Offenders ,” SAMHSA News, March/April 2006). But juvenile treatment drug courts have some important differences from their adult-oriented counterparts. While specialized juvenile treatment mental health courts exist throughout the country, juvenile treatment drug courts often find themselves confronting mental disorders as well. Drug Treatment Courts Offer Hope for Youth