Alcohol and Other Drugs
- Addictions Resources (Homer and Dillon)
Provides a listing of factsheets, resources, and groups.
- Alcoholics Anonymous Resources
Provides sources of resources. 3-05
- Alcoholism (About.com - Buddy T.)
Provides news, facts, statistics, treatments, community resources, dealing with family members with alcoholism, and more. 2-01
- Dual Diagnosis (Sciacca)
Provides a series of articles related to dual diagnosis - mental health problems combined with addictions.
- Substance Abuse Treatment Hotline (AddictionCareOptions.com)
Provides a hotline number (1-800-547-4615) for gaining local information for detox, crisis, or other treatment for alcoholism, cocaine, heroin, crystal methamphetamine, crack, prescriptions addiction, marijuana, and other addicitions. 12-03
- -Study: Five Types of Alcoholics (CBS News)
"New alcoholism research identifies five types of alcoholics and shows that young adults account for more than half of U.S. alcoholics." 07-07
- -Study: Medications Now Helpful with Treating Addictions (CNN News)
"These findings highlight what's become increasingly clear: Addiction is a brain disease, not just a failure of willpower. Naltrexone and topiramate have slightly different mechanisms, but both seem to block the release of brain chemicals that are linked to pleasure and excitement. Unlike earlier drugs used to treat alcoholics, neither is addictive or carries significant side effects. It does appear that each might work better in certain subgroups -- topiramate for repeat relapsers, and naltrexone in people with a strong family history of alcoholism." 04-09
- Addictions Fact Sheets
- Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Steps (AA.org)
Provides meeting locations and an online book on the 12 steps involved with recovery from alcoholism.
- Alcoholism (Healthopedia.com)
Provides detailed information, listed by condition.
- Best Practices in Addiction Treatment (NATTC.org)
"This step-by-step guide will assist you in developing and implementing a "Best Practices in Addiction Treatment Workshop." This workshop model provides treatment practitioners with information about the value of using evidence-based practices in their treatment design." 10-10
- Device on Ankle Monitors Alcohol Use (ABC News)
"After an offender consumes a few drinks, the device relays the information to a computer where the results can be checked. The system can also tell whether the device has been tampered with and, in some states, the offender is also monitored by the global positioning system so authorities know his or her location. There are 2,200 people in the United States being monitored by SCRAM." 12-05
- Drug Addiction Treatment - Research-Based Guide (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
Provides the first-ever guide to drug-addiction treatment, based on the latest research. NIDA emphasizes that "there is no one-size-fits-all drug-addiction treatment program." Also explains, "The best programs provide a combination of therapies and other services, such as referral to other medical, psychological, and social services." Treatment of less than 90 days usually doesn't help. 10-10
- Drug Treatment Improving (Time.com)
"They know now, for example, that the 20% success rate can shoot up to 40% if treatment is ongoing (very much the AA model, which is most effective when members continue to attend meetings long after their last drink). Armed with an array of increasingly sophisticated technology, including fMRIs and PET scans, investigators have begun to figure out exactly what goes wrong in the brain of an addict--which neurotransmitting chemicals are out of balance and what regions of the brain are affected. They are developing a more detailed understanding of how deeply and completely addiction can affect the brain, by hijacking memory-making processes and by exploiting emotions. Using that knowledge, they've begun to design new drugs that are showing promise in cutting off the craving that drives an addict irresistibly toward relapse--the greatest risk facing even the most dedicated abstainer." 06-11
- Internet Addiction Self-Assessment (NetAddiction.com)
Provides a self-assessment that can be taken online. 10-10
- Naltrexone - Injectable Naltrexone Reduces Cravings for Men Only (Wilx.com)
"An old treatment is making a comeback in the battle against alcoholism. Scientists have made a simple change in a drug used to curb cravings, and it's making a big difference in its success. But there's a catch. With this new version, early research suggests it only works in men."
"A study of more than 600 men and women found the injection curbed heavy drinking in men by nearly 50-percent compared to a placebo." 10-10
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Provides treatment and prevention information based on the results of research. 10-15-99.
- Surprising Results From 'Wet Houses' (Time.com)
"It sounds like an alcoholic's vision of heaven: a free place to live, paid expenses (mostly), and an ample supply of booze. But the reality of 'wet houses' for homeless alcoholics looks more like hell, even as these programs — which take their residents off the streets — reduce costs to taxpayers and health-care providers."
"Research conducted on a similar program in Seattle and published in 2009 in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed remarkable savings in public spending. The year prior to the opening of the wet house, its 95 participants had cost the government nearly $8.2 million in policing, jail, detox and other medical spending, an average of $4,066 per person per month. But after moving into the wet house, costs were reduced to $1,492 per person monthly after six months, and to $958 after 12 months." 04-11
- U.S. Supreme Court OKs Medical Marijuana Prosecution (Fox News)
"Federal authorities may prosecute sick people whose doctors prescribe marijuana to ease pain, the Supreme Court (search) ruled Monday, concluding that state laws don't protect users from a federal ban on the drug." 10-10
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