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Study Finds that Most Addicts are Not Receiving the Best Treatment
Anyone who has dealt closely with addiction knows that it is a terrible disease. Those who live with addiction struggle with temptation, shame and guilt as a result of their addiction to a point in which is totally disrupts any chance at a normal lifestyle.
Treatment for addiction is based on medical approaches, scientific advancements and of course trial & error. That’s right, addiction treatment is often still very much a process of trial and error—it’s no wonder a recent study has found that most addicts are not receiving the best treatment for their addiction!
For nearly 100 years or possibly longer, people perceived addiction as a lack of will-power, insecurity and a weakness on the addict’s part. It was not until rather recently that professionals have concluded that addiction is not a mere weakness but rather a disease. Unfortunately, a lack of research findings has left many addicts in a situation in which they simply do not receive adequate addiction treatment and care.
No one should be left with out treatment for their addiction.
According to the National Survey on Drug Use & Health, millions of Americans are addicted to substances such as drugs, alcohol or prescription medications. In fact, as many as 23 million people currently suffer from addiction and need help. The alarming fact is that only about 10% of those who need help ever actually receive treatment and of those ten percent, nearly half will relapse at least once and some many times before getting the right help for their individual needs.
What Can we Do to Help?
While addiction continues to be a very prevalent issue, there are some steps that can be taken to help those who suffer from this terrible disease. Treatment for addiction doesn’t have to be a trial and error scenario in which many people suffer multiple instances of relapse before finally getting the treatment that they need. Steps should be taken by medical teams, treatment professionals and members of the community to determine which methods of treatment for addiction can be proven effective and then further steps should be asserted to utilize such effective approaches in treatment throughout society.
If you know someone who is addicted to drugs, the best thing you can do for them is to encourage them to get help. While they may attempt more than one treatment program before finding one that actually works well, there’s a good chance that time will lead to better advances in addiction treatment and overall care. Encouraging a loved one or friend to continue to seek new options for addiction treatment ensures that they will have the best chance at finding a protocol of care that will work out effectively for their individual treatment.
Scientists have identified new genes and pathways that influence an individual’s typical pattern of brain electrical activity, a trait that may serve as a useful surrogate marker for more genetically complex traits and diseases. One of the genes, for example, was found to be associated with alcoholism. Washington, D.C. – infoZine – A report of….
For 35 years she’s been sober and helping the homeless and mentally handicapped She hit bottom just before Christmas, 1974. That was a long time ago, but that’s also part of the point: For more than 35 years, Adele McGrath-Davis has been sober. But at 93 years old, that means there were a lot of….
Drinking College students who describe themselves as regular binge drinkers performed considerably worse on a test measuring attention and memory skills compared with students who didn’t binge. The test, by the way, was conducted while all the students were sober. The results suggest that binge drinking may affect the brain in ways that are normally….
Bi-polar disorder is mainly a type of mood disorder and highly related to the psychological health of a person. People affected with bi-polar disorder experience great emotional fluctuations, which can induce fatal suicidal tendency in the affected. Therefore, bi-polar disorder needs to be timely treated. To help the patient, knowing the causes of the disorder….
The state of Florida has long been a major gateway for moving illegal drugs into and throughout the United States. Add to this Florida’s proximity to drug-producing countries and ongoing shipment hauls and it’s no wonder substance abuse rates continue to climb within the state. Fortunately, anyone who finds him or herself battling a drug….
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