The case for treatment.
Actually, once you get to the treatment phase it's already too late for
many. It's something like 10 to 20% success rates and that was before
inpatient programs were drastically reduced. One of the difficulties I
had with my son is that I knew this statistic so it's like my original
perception is "why throw money down a rat hole?". Well, the reality
comes in when it's too late. It's your son and you are praying to God that
he will be in that 10 to 20% group. You'll beg for that to happen and let
me tell you that it's one hell of a turnaround in your thinking! If it
doesn't happen the first time, then you pray it works the second time or
third etc.. I know one young fella who had been through 9 rehabs
in ten years with the last one time lasting 9 months! Yet he still went
back to drugs(coke). But something happened one day just a few years ago.
Perhaps it was just a final realization, his parents relentless push to
help him or God shook his cage. He quit..cold turkey. To the naysayers
and other neophytes the answer is "he just didn't have the strength to
quit on his own and if they just threw him in jail that would give him
the courage to do so." I disagree vehemently. Addiction is a disease and
most people won't be able to quit it on their own. Read thru some of these
articles with an open mind. Imagine a loved one is addicted. Try hard to
visualize what you would do. Many of these articles are quite compelling.
Lives are on the line. Throw them in jail to recoup or throw treatment
at them in hopes it will stick. The latter is far more likely to make a
difference than the former. 12/99
Wednesday, May 30, 2001, Instant Gratification, Addictive Behaviors May
Lie in Specific Brain Area.
© 2001 WebMD Corporation. All rights reserved
5/14/01 Doctors Play Key Role in Underage-Drinking
Prevention Brief interventions in doctors' offices and
emergency rooms, coupled with environmental strategies that address alcohol consumption
and marketing on a community-wide basis, can delay the onset of alcohol use and prevent
April 23, 2001. Book
review on Sober for Good. Research on how 255 addicts beat
their alcohol addiction.
Fri, 9 Mar 2001, US: Wire: Substance Abuse Number One Health
Problem in US Drug abuse remains the number one
health problem in the US, according to a report released Friday by The
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Washington, DC.
Wed, 07 Mar 2001, US: JAMA Interview: Talking With Alan I.
Leshner, PhD. Excellent overview by an immensely talented director of NIDA
Sun, 04 Feb 2001, Drug-Treatment Programs Like Phoenix House In Venice Beach Prepare
For Influx Of Users With Proposition 36 Going Into Effect This Summer
Feb 16, Good article in
WSJ about Brain pacemakers. New medical development
New Methadone rules could really help. Wednesday,
February 21, 2001 Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
Sun, 31 Dec 2000, US
NJ: Doctors' Rapid Detox Program Under Microscope
Oct 8, 2000This is interesting. Actually I see a lot of good coming from
e-mail lists. Lots of support to addicts who fight the battle every day.
So go here I have written an article
proposing a fairly radical and definitely unconventional mode of helping
addicts reclaim their good feelings while in early recovery (the feelings
hat have been replicated and robbed by the drugs)
Sept 16, 2000 The Road
to Recovery September is National
Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. It is the time to focus on the
challenge of addiction and the good news that recovery and treatment work.
Mon, 01 May 2000 Australia:
Stage Star's Drug Plea Byrne,
43, whose baby is due in 10 weeks, said she had been rescued from her heroin
nightmare more than 20 years ago by a 10-month stint
in the drug rehabilitation centre Odyssey House.
Mon, 20 Mar 2000 Mexico: Tough
Love In Tijuana He is looking
for drug addicts, and they aren't difficult to find here at dusk in the
carnival-like atmosphere that marks the Tijuana side of the border between
Mexico and the United States. Magallanes spots a ragged young man
and introduces himself as the founder of a new rehabilitation center.
Tue, 28 Mar 2000 US NH: Getting
Treatment For Drug Addiction Often Means Long Waits.
If any of the 40 people arrested in therecent breakup of a heroin ring
want to break their addictions, they might find help is hard to come
Sat, 04 Mar 2000 US
SC: Drug, Alcohol Treatment Options Dwindling "Now
a task force is looking at ways to save the county's ailing detoxification
center, which came within days of closing last month when officials said
they couldn't afford to keep the 16-bed facility running. "
Tue, 29 Feb 2000
US TX: Substance Abuse Centers Paring Services To Cut Costs At
15, Sydney is recovering. But other youths might not be so lucky
come spring. Several Central Texas treatment programs for youths
are scaling back -- or even closing -- because of budget cuts by the Texas
Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
Thu, 24 Feb 2000 Australia: Naltrexone
Scheme For Prisoners Begins
SOON AVAILABLE. JAN 2000. COULD BE SUPER!!
Thu, 3 Feb 2000 Australia:
Users Heroin-free After Controversial Detox Drug. Almost
half of the first 54 Victorian heroin addicts to receive a controversial
rapid detoxification were still drug free a year later, a clinic has claimed.
Sun, 30 Jan 2000 US CA:
Addicts Fight To Get And Stay Clean
Giving up the drug for good is a long and difficult process, say experts,
but treatment programs can help.
Fri, 28 Jan 2000 US MT Free
Outpatient Treatment For Methamphetamine Addiction. That's
the deal the Mental Health Center Chemical Dependency Program is offering
Billings area people age 18 and over. The federal Center for Substance
Abuse Treatment awarded the Mental Health Center Chemical Dependency Program
about $1 million for a three-year research project to evaluate the effectiveness
of outpatient treatment for methamphetamine addiction.
Sun, 23 Jan 2000 US AZ: Putting
Years Of Drug Use Behind, With Help So,
Tommy would walk down the street and find some other kids to sell to,
little kids who would give him $1 for a reefer. That was five years ago.
Tommy is 16 now, and he's clean for the first time in years
Mon, 17 Jan 2000 Fighting
meth addiction in Montana
Tue, 18 Jan 2000 US
WA: New Push To Get Heroin Addicts More Treatment. "Mom,
help me," pleaded 20-year-old Kelly Hubenthal. "I'm in a phone booth in
Seattle. I've just taken heroin, and I think I'm dying."
Thu, 06 Jan 2000 US: With
Jails Packed, More States Try Drug Treatment
Sun, 26 Dec 1999; US PA: A
Mother Overcomes Addiction Reunites with Family
Sat, 25 Dec 1999 US NY: Column: Down
And Out Rise Again Through Jobs. Nice article on how somew are being
Sat, 11 Dec 1999, US: Drug
Czar Proposes Treatment For Criminals. Strategy
of integrating drug testing and treatment into virtually every phase of
the criminal justice process, from arrests to incarceration and after release
Fri, 10 Dec 1999; US WA: More
Heroin Addicts May Be Offered Treatment-but legislation moving through
the Count Council would barely meet the current demand.
Wed, 08 Dec 1999; CN ON: Junkies
Talk Directly To Teens In Film By Vancouver
Tue, 07 Dec 199 US
NY: Ex-Addicts Succeed But this
week, the 17 men and women gathered in a courtroom in Kew Gardens Supreme
Court were each holding something entirely different - certificates bound
in blue binders that were tangible evidence that their drug-addicted days
were a thing of the past.
12/6/99 A new
study by Brown University in Providence, R.I., found that counseling
in the emergency room about alcohol helps lower teen drunk driving
incidents and other reckless behavior. counseling.
Wed, 01 Dec 1999 US AZ: More Money, Options Needed For Treatment. "The
majority of people with substance abuse problems have insurance that covers
treatment. But of those who sought treatment, one in four spent an
of 53 days on a waiting list.
My presentation to Rown county, NC personnel
which basically encourages them to embrace treatment and education efforts
to combat substance abuse.
Sat, 16 Oct 1999 US NJ: Wire:
Doctor Defends Detox Procedure A
doctor who agreed to stop treating heroin addicts with a controversial
rapid detox procedure linked by state investigators to the deaths of six
of his patients defended the practice Thursday,
saying "I was trying to help."
Fri, 1 Oct 1999 US
FL Drug court would help induce treatment
First, Inc. This is a NC outfit that
is working well for hard core addicts. Its a two year program. It has a
very high success rate. Cost is minimal. Addicts work to earn there keep.
I visited 11/00 and was very impressed. About 200 patients in 3 facilities.
Hope Valley, Dobson, NC Website
www.hopevalleyinc.org Its a 28 day program that Tommy wished he could
have stayed longer at. God knows I'd been happy if he lived there the rest
of his life. But it was not to be sadly. Treatment will work it just might
take a number of times to do it. But if you are a parent there really isn't
much of choice with the exception of methadone for heroin addicts.
Bethel Colony is a great faith based program. Its a 60 day program that
costs a whooping $25. They are in Lenoir, NC.
Methadone is the gold standard for heroin addiction. I don't have enough
on it but here's a start.
on this site. Also firstname.lastname@example.org is a good list for methadone users.
go to www.listbot.com and subscribe.
One list directory-A good place to go and learn more whether you are a
user or someone affected by a loved one's use. Directory
Oxford House- treatment centers 700
of them around the country
Recovery Community Support Program.
A main goal of this effort is to give those in recovery a stronger voice
in advocating for what is effective.
OMA (Outreach Ministries of ALA)......director is Jim Summers. (email@example.com)......
It is a 13 month program. No cost to the
candidate. This is from Dar in N Georgia who's son is in the program.
e-mail is BtWoman52@aol.com Sept
The monroe institute. HOLOSYNC TYPE
TECHNOLOGY. There seems to be tremendous
research in this area. There must be
more authors who used this technology for drug
substance abuse problems.
Stepone.org. located in winston-salem,
NC. Pretty sharp group of people in the treatment field. Also Publisher
of the Next Step
newsletter which is a great mag that i read religiously
Substance abuse services
"Assets" or "Strengths" approaches
to prevention. Darn good site
Mothers of Addicts website
posted here 1/02/01
the issue of
denial and confrontation is central to the treatment of
substance abusers. One is I would like to agree that
"resistance" can be fostered through inappropraite
counseling. If we
acknowledge that the person is in pain, and may not
be able to see the larger
picture of him/her self then it is our job to gently
assist that person to
recognize the consequences of their behavior. Additionally,
it is crucial to
recognize what will intrinsically motivate that person
to change, and
capitalize on that leverage. I learned through 15
years of working with
substance abusers that 1) I don't want to sound like
everyone else in their
life, eg. you bum,drunk, loser, 2) that my job is
to increase their level of
motivation, not accept my agenda, 3) that confrontation
is the ability to
present objective reality while maintaining the person's
dignity, and 4) not
only are people unique but it is important to take
into consideration gender,
age, culture, and family dynamics.
Pam Mattel- PMattel@aol.com
As you know there is a definite stigma involved
with addiction. They
just did a survey in which (I don't
recall who was surveyed but there have been a few done as of late and
with physicians) those surveyed
believed addiction to be a disease but still connected it to will power.
Another was done and employers were
surveyed also acknowledging the disease aspect but when questioned
whom they would hire a recovering
person or someone who wasn't the majority picked those that never dealt
with the problem.
In our field it is also very evident. I am happy to say that CSAT
funded I believe 19 grassroots groups
across the Country to start a drug and alcohol advocacy group like
on the mental health side. Luckily
Pennsylvania was award two, one in Harrisburg and the other in the
Southeast. Harrisburg will be the
umbrella. It is called Pro-A State-wide and Pro-Act in the Southeast.
are starting one right now in our
County. This group's mission is to dispel the myths, educate
the field and the general
population.. Hopefully eventually we will have a voice, impact
best of treatments for our field etc.
It is made up of recovering people, family members and just interested
professionals who want to bring the
disease of addictions in to the millennium instead of the dark ages.
certainly is an exciting endeavor,
one long overdue for this population. This has always been a
link for drug and alcohol.
Lace Call wrote:
> >From the SUBABUSE Email List:
> Mr. Payette,
> As a recovering addict, I feel I have to strongly
> disagree with you on your statement. I do not belive
> myself to be a loser, nor do I see any of my clients
> to be losers. I really hate this prejudice and cannot
> belive that someone in the field feels that way.
> --- Bruce Payette <BPayette@sfasu.edu> wrote:
> > From the SUBABUSE Email List:
> > Becky,
> > Why not find someone who was exposed to heroin and
> > turned it down. That's a
> > real hero, the user was a loser. Children need
> > strong clean models not
> > damaged ones.
> > Bruce Payette