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New Study Challenges Effectiveness of “Talk Therapy” Among Heroin Junkies Already on Medication

The American Journal of Medicine has published a new study which finds that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (or CBT) in not effective when treating opioid dependence.  The study, which was conducted by seven researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, says that when treating patients diagnosed with opioid addiction, CBT does not offer additional benefits when the patient is already on medication. The study assessed patients who were currently being treated with drugs such as buprenorphine, which is the most commonly prescribed drug that is used to treat substance abuse.  Earlier studies uncovered findings that CBT conducted in association with medications produced improved outcomes. This study challenges the results of those previous studies, finding that CBT did not improve the effectiveness of standard doctor-facilitated drug treatment among recovering opioid abusers.  This study indicated … Read entire article »

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Moderation vs. Abstinence: No Clear Consensus Among Drug Counselors

  According to a significant number of addiction counselors, it is acceptable for their substance abuse patients to have an occasional drink, whether it is part of an intermediate recovery goal or final treatment goal. In a new study published by the American Psychological Association, experts questioned over 900 individuals from the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Counselors.  The participants were located all over the United States.  Half of them thought that it was acceptable for some of their alcohol abuse patients to moderate their alcohol intake, known as controlled drinking, rather than give up drinking entirely. Similarly, they were asked if moderate drug use was acceptable for drug abuse clients.  Approximately 50 percent said they thought it was okay as an intermediate goal and one-third believed it was okay for … Read entire article »

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Facts About Ibogaine

  Ibogaine is a hallucinogenic that is known for its extreme and long-lasting hallucinogenic effects.  It is derived from a number of different plants stemming from West Africa.  The chemical name for the drug is 12-Methoxyibogamine (C20H26N2O).  It is a naturally-occurring dole alkaloid in the tryptamine family. Originally it was only used in West Africa for religious ceremonies and gatherings.  There has not been much interest shown in using Ibogaine as a recreational drug, but since the 1960’s it has been known to be used for anti-addiction therapy, mostly for the treatment of opiate addiction.  It is illegal to possess or sell Ibogaine in the United States and is rarely found on the black market.  It is often extracted from plant material but people have been known to synthesize it. When Ibogaine is … Read entire article »

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What is Kratom?

What is Kratom?

  Kratom (mitragyna speciosa) is a tree indigenous to Southeast Asia.  It is classified in the same family as the coffee tree and its leaves have been used in traditional folk medicine for millennia.  Kratom acts as a stimulant at low doses and as a sedative at higher doses.  Traditionally, kratom has been used to treat chronic pain, depression and opiate withdrawals, though it can also be used recreationally.  Currently, kratom has no designated medical … Read entire article »

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Methadone Treatment

  New studies done by researchers at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health have found that long-term methadone treatment is the source of changes made to the brain.  They concluded that methadone treatment may be affecting the nerve cells in certain regions.  The study was done on rats rather than humans because studying methadone patients is difficult and attempting such a study on healthy volunteers is unethical.  Past studies and research have shown that the drug can affect the cognitive functioning of both rats and humans. The study began with experimental rats being given a dose of methadone every day for three weeks.  Once the treatment concluded, certain areas of the brain were removed which are essential for learning and memory and examined for neurobiological shifts or damage.  In one study, after … Read entire article »

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Unmanageable Me – Recognizing my Addiction to Weed

Unmanageable Me – Recognizing my Addiction to Weed

  Addiction to drugs and/or alcohol does not immediately seem like a disease to its millions of victims. Like a cancer it is life-threatening, an undetectable scourge quickly progressing. After the first drug or drink that we take, addiction is not certain. Some will escape the clutches of drugs such as marijuana with only a superficial encounter. Others quickly fall into its grasp, abusing the powerful chemicals and quickly developing dependence. When I was 14 years-old and … Read entire article »

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The Demon worshipping AA cult

The Demon worshipping AA cult

  Once I hit rock bottom in my addiction and had a near-death experience, I thought I was ready for any kind of assistance with my recovery. At rehab, I was told to attend 12-step meetings. I had never heard of Alcoholics Anonymous, and I was very skeptical about the program. As I learned more about it, the concept of a Higher Power and surrendering my life to sobriety seemed out of the question. I was … Read entire article »

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Issues dating normies while in recovery

Issues dating normies while in recovery

  We all know those guys who treat the rooms of AA like a bar.  They schmooze with the new comers much like they used to get chummy with the really drunk girls.  In both cases the girls are just as vulnerable. One quote I found particularly funny was, “The odds are good, but the goods are odd”.  Sure it might be easier to pick up a girl at a meeting rather than out in every day life but … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Love and Relationships, Recovery

Gratitude

Gratitude

  I am grateful for many things in my life since being sober. Some of those things people would say “why the hell are you grateful for that”? The very first thing that I have gratitude for is to my parents, for holding an intervention so I could go to rehab and get help. Also for them for financially supporting me in my recovery, and yet I still have no idea how I am going to … Read entire article »

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How To Hide Cigarette Smoking From Your Parents

How To Hide Cigarette Smoking From Your Parents

  One prominent theme of being in recovery is that nearly everyone smokes cigarettes.  In my current sober living 9/11 girls smoke and most of the staff does, too.  I know my parents wouldn’t be pleased to hear that I smoke.  So how do you hide it?  There are several techniques, but the key is to not overdo anything with a scent.  If you do, it will look like you are hiding something, making parents all … Read entire article »

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