What Is the Matrix Model for Stimulants Misuse?

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The Matrix Model of addiction treatment is evidenced-based care for people struggling with substance use tied to stimulants such as cocaine or methamphetamine (meth). This article discusses the Matrix Model of addiction treatment for those who are addicted to stimulants. How does it work? What is its history? How is it used in Washington State … Read More

How Is Motivational Interviewing Used in Addiction Treatment?

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Most people want to be listened to. But that’s only part of what makes the motivational interviewing technique so effective as part of addiction treatment. As a science, motivational interviewing is part of behavioral therapy that has been empirically proven to be an effective part of the standard clinical practice of addiction treatment. Motivational Interviewing … Read More

Pain Management Without Opioids: Three Possibilities

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For many, the words “opioid” and “pain management” go hand in hand. While prescription opioids do reduce pain, they can also be highly addictive and lead someone unknowingly to experience a substance use disorder. With over one and a half billion people suffering from pain, this can lead to an epidemic of substance misuse with … Read More

How to Celebrate National Recovery Month

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In September we celebrate Labor Day to honor the efforts of American men and women in the workforce. But there is another special day in September that celebrates the hard work and effort of women and men in recovery from mental and substance use disorders. This article will show some of the ways to enjoy … Read More

Why Accreditation is Important for a Drug Rehab Facility

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Choosing the right rehabilitation facility can move you two steps forward in your battle against substance use disorder – or slow down your progress. There are all kinds of facilities out there and they have different ways of helping you recover. It can be tough to figure out which rehab facility to choose. However, there … Read More

Who Should Choose Long-Term Addiction Rehab?

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Addiction does not happen overnight. It is an individual path that also requires individualized treatment to make it into recovery. For some people, long-term addiction rehab provides the right setting to help them withdraw, find health, and stay on track without relapse. This article explores long-term rehab. Why might this be the best choice for … Read More

Could Stem Cell Therapy Be Used to Treat Alcohol Addiction?

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You have probably heard about stem cells and their healing properties. The stem cell lives in human tissue and can regenerate itself. There is a growing body of evidence that stem cells can heal. Scientists are still researching, but they have found the healing properties of stem cells in bone marrow particularly effective for transplants; … Read More

Meth: The Biggest Killer in Oregon’s Battle with Illicit Drugs

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Willamette Week calls meth Oregon’s drug of choice; the low-cost and high availability make it attractive, especially to the state’s homeless population. U.S. News & World Report says deaths from meth addiction in Oregon are on the rise. This article will take a look at Oregon’s increasing number of meth-related deaths over the past few years. Where are … Read More

The Short Guide to EAP Programs for Addiction Treatment

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As the opioid addiction crisis stretches into every aspect of daily life, employee assistance programs (EAPs) can help people caught in the terrible cycle of living with substance use disorder. An EAP can be a lifeline for both employees and employers; data suggests that, of the 14.8 million Americans that currently use illegal substances, 70 … Read More

Does Equine Therapy for Addiction Really Work?

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Animals help humans. Studies have shown that having one or more pets in a household can relieve anxiety, decrease stress, lessen the risk of heart attack, and help people cope. In addition to helping humans relax a little, companion animals work as service animals around the world. Equine therapy is often an effective part of … Read More