Monday, 23 November 2015

Google Maps

Good day to you all and thanks for checking this little informational Blog about our 12 Step Treatment Guide and what's new about it. It has now been completely transformed at the back end making it much quicker and simpler to get around plus a lot of the deadwood that Google needed to see 10 years ago is now totally irrelevant and obsolete so deleted leaving the site quicker smoother and we think a little bit smarter to look at. One of the main new features is the home page premier display (plus all the featured countries displayed) has now been changed and updated to include Google Maps for simpler quicker searching. For example, if you are on the home page and wish to view treatment centres in say Central America then you simply enlarge the map so you can see what centers are listed by the balloons showing within the area you are looking ( Panama, Belize, Nicaragua etc) you get the point. Plus if you have a certain center that you appreciate or simply like then you can now click on the Facebook like button to let others know or simply click the Facebook share to display it on your Facebook page. Please do have a look around and like as many pages as you wish plus do check out the articles submitted and if you think you have an informative bit of work worthy of being shown then get in touch and let us know all about it. Take care and thanks for reading.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Drug Addiction Treatment in the United States

Treatment for drug abuse and addiction is delivered in many different settings, using a variety of behavioral and pharmacological approaches.

Drug addiction is a complex disorder that can involve virtually every aspect of an individual's functioning—in the family, at work and school, and in the community.

Because of addiction's complexity and pervasive consequences, drug addiction treatment typically must involve many components. Some of those components focus directly on the individual's drug use; others, like employment training, focus on restoring the addicted individual to productive membership in the family and society (See diagram "Components of Comprehensive Drug Abuse Treatment"), enabling him or her to experience the rewards associated with abstinence.

Treatment for drug abuse and addiction is delivered in many different settings using a variety of behavioral and pharmacological approaches. In the United States, more than 14,500 specialized drug treatment facilities provide counseling, behavioral therapy, medication, case management, and other types of services to persons with substance use disorders.

Along with specialized drug treatment facilities, drug abuse and addiction are treated in physicians' offices and mental health clinics by a variety of providers, including counselors, physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, and social workers. Treatment is delivered in outpatient, inpatient, and residential settings. Although specific treatment approaches often are associated with particular treatment settings, a variety of therapeutic interventions or services can be included in any given setting.

Because drug abuse and addiction are major public health problems, a large portion of drug treatment is funded by local, State, and Federal governments. Private and employer-subsidized health plans also may provide coverage for treatment of addiction and its medical consequences. Unfortunately, managed care has resulted in shorter average stays, while a historical lack of or insufficient coverage for substance abuse treatment has curtailed the number of operational programs. The recent passage of parity for insurance coverage of mental health and substance abuse problems will hopefully improve this state of affairs. Health Care Reform (i.e., the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, "ACA") also stands to increase the demand for drug abuse treatment services and presents an opportunity to study how innovations in service delivery, organization, and financing can improve access to and use of them.

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Saturday, 2 August 2014

Children Treated For Drug And Alcohol Abuse

Children as young as four are being referred to specialist drug and alcohol treatment services in the UK, an investigation has revealed.

Hundreds of youngsters have been flagged as being at risk of becoming addicts or have even started abusing alcohol and substances themselves, leading charities to call for improved education in schools.
Freedom of Information requests sent to all councils in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland reveal children as young as four have been referred to specialists in South Ayrshire.
Eight year olds have been flagged up to services in Waltham Forest and East Ayrshire, while Herefordshire, Liverpool, Oxfordshire, Rutland, the Scottish Borders and West Berkshire have all seen nine year olds referred.
Bury, Calderdale, Halton, Hull, Monmouthshire and Rochdale councils have referred 10 year olds.
The figures were uncovered by the Press Association.
A referral can either mean the child is vulnerable to drug and alcohol misuse through exposure from a parent or relative, or could have started abusing them on their own.
The most common reason for children to come into contact with drugs and alcohol is through their parents, according to experts.
Preventative work is key to heading off the problem among youngsters, they say.
According to the most recent statistics from Public Health England, 366 children aged 12 or under were referred for treatment in 2012/13, compared with 433 in 2011/12.
More than half of under-13s - 59% - received treatment for cannabis misuse.
A third were treated for alcohol misuse, with a small number abusing solvents.
Andrew Brown, director of programmes at the charity Mentor UK, which seeks to protect children from drug and alcohol misuse, said it was "vital" education surrounding alcohol and drugs is improved.
Evidence suggests the "norm" of having one or two lessons on the subject a year is not sufficient, he added.
One of the Government's official drug advisers, Professor Simon Gibbons, recently said more needed to be done on drugs education in primary and middle schools.
By law, schools must cover the harmful effects of drugs on behaviour and health as part of the national science curriculum.
A new curriculum being introduced in September states that pupils in year six - those aged 10 and 11 - must learn to "recognise the impact of diet, exercise and drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function".
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons remain non-compulsory, although the Department for Education recommends schools schedule time for them and use the lessons to expand the knowledge pupils get in science lessons.
A Government spokeswoman said: "Both the old and the new curriculum are clear that all pupils should be taught about how drugs and other substances can be harmful to the human body.
"The science curriculum also covers how drugs can affect people's health and lifestyle.
"Teachers are also free to use their professional judgement to address any specific issues that meet the needs of their pupils through PSHE."

Children Treated For Drug And Alcohol Abuse

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Heroin Has Expanded Its User Base

Compared with 50 years ago, today's heroin user is whiter, more suburban and had prescription opioids for a gateway. Dina Fine Maron reports

In the last half century, heroin contributed to thousands of deaths, from Janis Joplin to Philip Seymour Hoffman to legions of people now remembered only by their friends and families. But compared with 50 years ago, the drug’s consumers look strikingly different now. Back then, a typical user was often an inner-city minority male whose first drug experience was with heroin, at about the age of 17. Today’s users are mostly non-urban white men and women in their late twenties whose gateway drug was a prescription opioid. The findings come from surveys of some 2,800 heroin users who self-reported demographic information and other data when they entered treatment centers. The results are in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. [Theodore J. Cicero et al, The Changing Face of Heroin Use in the United States: A Retrospective Analysis of the Past 50 Years] Up until 1980, whites and non-white sought treatment in equal numbers. But in the last decade, nearly 90 percent of treatment center patients were white. Recent users said that heroin became their drug of choice because it was both cheaper and easier to get than prescription drugs. Half of today’s users said that if they could they’d prefer prescription drugs because those opioids are “cleaner.” The researchers note that their study is limited because it includes only users who sought treatment. But the data seem to confirm the growing suspicion that heroin has left the city and is now comfortably ensconced in the suburbs.
—Dina Fine Maron
Heroin Has Expanded Its User Base

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Robert Downey Jr

Former addict Robert Downey Jr. 'producing Showtime drama centered on a Venice Beach drug rehab center'

Showtime has 'put in development' a drama produced by Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan, and penned by Gary Lennon (Orange Is the New Black). According to Deadline, the cable network landed the untitled project in a 'competitive situation.' The drama would be set in 1983 at a colourful Venice Beach rehab/therapeutic community. Addiction and recovery is all too familiar territory for the two-time Oscar nominee, whose taste for cocaine and heroin landed him in court-ordered rehab twice. In 1999, the troubled 49-year-old spent nearly a year at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran. Two years later, he landed at Promises - also known as the 'Malibu Motel' - which has treated celebs like Charlie Sheen, Britney Spears, and Lindsay Lohan. 'When someone says, "I really wonder if maybe I should go to rehab?" Well, uh, you're a wreck, you just lost your job, and your wife left you. Uh, you might want to give it a shot,' Robert told Oprah Winfrey in 2004. Back in 1987, Downey earned some of the best reviews of his career as Hollywood junkie Julian in Less Than Zero also featuring Brat Pack actors Andrew McCarthy and James Spader. The Iron Man star credits his sobriety to his wife, therapy, meditation, 12-step recovery programs, yoga, and the practice of Wing Chun Kung Fu. Venice beach drug rehab

Monday, 2 June 2014

Fire kills eight at Russia drug rehab centre

Eight people have been killed after fire swept through a rehabilitation centre for drug addicts in Russia's eastern Altai region, officials say. Six people were injured in the Chisty List centre near the Krasilovo lake. The officials say the blaze caused the collapse of the roof of the building. A criminal investigation into suspected safety rules violations in now under way. Similar tragedies in the past have raised questions over safety standards in Russia's medical centres. Last September, 37 people died in a fire that engulfed a psychiatric hospital in the north-western Novgorod region. Several months earlier, a blaze at another psychiatric hospital near Moscow killed 38 people. In 2009, 23 people died at an old people's home in the north-west Komi region, while in 2007, 63 were killed at a home in Krasnodar, southern Russia. In 2006, a fire at a Moscow drug rehabilitation clinic killed 45 women. Drug rehab fire

Monday, 14 April 2014

Sky Sports report, number of drugs impossible to detect.

Leading figures in the global fight against doping gather in London today for a major conference to discuss how to clean up sport. However, Sky Sports has found that a number of drugs which are widely available are still impossible to detect, leaving the anti-doping authorities sometimes years behind the cheats. Sky Sports News' Orla Chennaoui discovered that the next generation of performance enhancing drugs are widely available online and being offered to athletes. "At the Winter Olympics one Russian scientist was caught trying to sell a new muscle-building drug on the black market," said Chennauoi. "The World Anti-Doping Agency expressed surprise, but a version of the drug named MGF has been around for years." Number of drugs impossible to detect