This month, we asked our readers whether it is true or false that Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a medically recognized treatment for alcoholism. By a narrow majority, most respondents knew the right answer. Do you?
For over 30 years, programs like Scared Straight and juvenile boot camps for teens have been used as a way to try and help troubled youth. These programs utilize different methods that revolve around the same basic principle: that instilling a sense of consequence, discipline, fear, and pro-social behaviors in teens struggling with behavioral issues and substance problems will provide them with healthier, more structured lives, and deter them from committing crimes.
“Kids are Dying,” a documentary-style film, provides an up close look at the growing heroin epidemic in New Jersey. The film tackles this timely and relevant issue in the wake of many states, including New Jersey, declaring a state of emergency in response to the widespread increase in opioid addiction and overdose.
Medications prescribed by a doctor are an effective, potentially lifesaving, treatment for opioid addiction. These medications reduce drug use and help keep people in treatment longer. In fact, studies show that combining medication with therapy yields the best results for opioid addiction.
Addiction is a complex, often chronic brain disease for which there is currently no cure. There is always a risk of relapse, similar to other chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Some may view this as discouraging and think, “If there is no cure, what is the point of getting treatment?” Though the thought of dealing with a life-long disease can be daunting, it is possible to live a healthy life with proper care.
When talking about addiction treatment, it is common to hear that a patient must strongly want to get better in order for treatment to work. This myth is far from reality. People with addiction often believe they don’t want or need treatment. In fact, low motivation or acceptance of their need for help often goes hand-in-hand with being addicted.
Hitting Rock Bottom refers to the notion that a person must hit their lowest point before having the motivation to change. It implies the person needs to experience firsthand the worst consequences of his actions before he will be motivated to get help and alter these behaviors.
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