Rehab Instead of Jail: Police Plan to Strike a Blow For Addiction Recovery

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Millions of people in the United States are arrested on alcohol and drug-related crimes each year. More than 24.5 million Americans have a substance use disorder, and some of the risky behavior associated with substance misuse can lead to criminal charges. Unfortunately, spending time in jail does not cure addiction. Even though about half of all prison inmates meet the criteria … Read More

6 Aftercare Options for Long-Term Recovery Support

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While the rehab experience can be transformative for someone with a substance use disorder, recovery must continue after discharge or the risk is high for a return to use. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that 40 to 60 percent of people with a substance use disorder experience a recurrence of use after treatment. These figures are similar … Read More

How Telehealth Solutions Bridge Addiction Treatment Gaps

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While telehealth solutions are becoming more widely used as a way to deliver healthcare services, some providers are reluctant to embrace them for the delivery of certain addiction treatment services such as medication-assisted treatment (MAT). The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued some materials reminding providers that telemedicine can support traditional treatment approaches in several ways. Medication-Assisted … Read More

How to Answer “Why Aren’t You Drinking?”

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Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are all close at hand. Since these holidays usually involve parties where drinking is a factor, you may find yourself in awkward situations where you formerly used alcohol as a social lubricant. To lessen the potential threat to your sobriety, it helps to be prepared. Here are some tips for those new to addiction recovery to … Read More

How Does Court-Ordered Treatment Work?

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Addiction often leads to some unpleasant consequences. If you have been misusing drugs or alcohol, you run a higher risk of health issues, relationship problems, and getting into trouble with the law. If you get a DUI or are arrested for some other violation, you may be lucky enough to get court-ordered treatment. While this might not sound like a … Read More

How Does Rehab Affect People Emotionally?

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There is a conception about recovery that it is merely the act of getting rid of dangerous substances, but the process involves so much more. Some people use alcohol or drugs as a means of masking unpleasant feelings. Whether users are aware of this or not, substance misuse deadens normal emotional responses. These emotional responses can re-awaken in addiction recovery. … Read More

Exploring Homelessness and Addiction in Florida

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Thousands of people continue to live in the Sunshine State without a home. Homelessness is a pervasive issue in Florida, and it is now also one that is closely tied to our nation’s growing addiction epidemic. One of the dilemmas is that being homeless can be both a cause and an effect of substance abuse. Fortunately, there are addiction recovery … Read More

Exploring the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Programs in Florida

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HIDTA stands for High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area and is a program that was created by Congress back in 1988 when the Anti-Drug Abuse Act was created. HIDTA provides resources and assistance to federal, state, tribal, and local law enforcement that work in areas that are designated as critical drug trafficking regions. Operating under the Office of National Drug Control … Read More

Common Barriers to Addiction Treatment in Florida

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Professional, comprehensive addiction treatment works. One of the biggest reasons for high rates of drug addiction, in Florida and elsewhere, is that accessing addiction treatment can be daunting—particularly for someone acting on their own behalf from a place of debilitating pain and discouragement. Excellent Florida drug rehab options exist, but there are often barriers between people with addiction and the … Read More