New Studies Show Medication Assisted Treatment Effective for Alcohol, Opiate Addiction

Healthday reported that taking a regimen of prescribed medications is the most effective way to reduce withdrawal symptoms and urges to drink alcohol in those being treated for alcohol dependence. The conclusion came from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s Combine study, a large-scale, multi-site, combined medication and behavioral treatment study. Data was…

Long-term Benefits Found for Women-only Substance Abuse Treatment

The Betty Ford Center‘s recent newsletter, Findings (Winter 2008), included an article on a study about women-focused substance abuse treatment. The study found that women-focused and women-only treatment groups have long-term, positive outcomes. Researchers took patients with substance use disorders and randomly assigned them to either a women-focused treatment group, called the Women’s Recovery Group,…

National Call-in Day: Tell VH-1 What you Think About “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew”

Faces and Voices of Recovery, an organization dedicated to changing the public’s perception of recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, is asking for the public’s help in speaking out against VH-1‘s show “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.” In a press release sent out earlier in the week, the organization is asking people to call VH-1…

VH-1’s Celebrity Rehab Show Draws Critcism from Recovery Community

An organization dedicated to changing the public’s perception of recovery from alcohol and drug addiction is asking people to speak out against the way addiction treatment and recovery is being portrayed on VH-1‘s new reality show, “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.” Faces and Voices of Recovery has written a letter to VH-1 president, Tom Calderone,…

Young Workers Have Higher Rates of Drug Use and Least Access to EAPs

A recent report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that young adult worker are more likely than older workers to use illicit drugs. The younger workers are also less likely to have access to an employee assistance program (EAP), which can provide alcohol and drug education, prevention and treatment resources,…

Breaking Barriers and Increasing Access to Substance Abuse Treatment for Women

Crossroads for Women is one of 9 Maine agencies participating in the Strengthening Treatment Access and Retention-State Implementation (STAR-SI) program. Under STAR-SI, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded grants to 7 states, including Maine, in a national effort to increase individual access to and retention in community-based outpatient substance abuse treatment…