Parents who find themselves facing the nightmare of a young adult child who is addicted to drugs will likely do anything to help them. But when the reality of the potential costs involved with treatment becomes known, many loving parents simply don’t have access to that kind of money. Due to the perceived financial burden … Continue reading Using Insurance Coverage for Drug Addiction
In a succession of revelations through which the heroin addict eventually becomes disenchanted with the using lifestyle, he or she decides it is finally time to quit. Self-disgust for the destruction that heroin addiction has wrought in their life and the lives of loved ones is one key motivator for getting clean, as well as … Continue reading Steps to Getting Help with Heroin Withdrawal
Addiction = Disease Even though addiction was officially classified as a disease by the American Medical Association in 1987 there is still a debate today about whether this classification is correct. Opponents of the disease model of addiction claim that addiction cannot be a disease because it is brought about because of choices that the addict … Continue reading Why Addiction Is A Disease
Look no further. You most likely are not aware that treatment for addiction and alcoholism are essential health benefits under the Affordable Care Act. All plans must cover: Behavioral health treatment ( like counseling and therapy) Mental and behavioral health inpatient services Substance use disorder treatment (commonly referred to as alcoholism, addiction or substance abuse) Your specific behavioral health benefits will … Continue reading Are you a drug addict or alcoholic with no insurance?
There are so many debates about the kind of language we use when we talk about Substance Abuse and Mental Health. It can be a sensitive topic. For a long time, I was very secretive about referring to myself as an alcoholic. I was embarrassed by that label. To me the word alcoholic equalled "very … Continue reading Definition of Recovery
Fast Facts about Naltrexone. Naltrexone helps you avoid relapse. It is legal and is administered under a doctor’s care. It is NOT just another drug to abuse. Naltrexone is produced under safe conditions and sold legally. There is no risk of getting tainted doses, which can happen with street drugs. You can stop taking Naltrexone at … Continue reading Medication for Addiction – Naltrexone (Part 1)
If you want to help the drug addict in your life, here is what you should not say: 1. If you loved me you would stop. 2. Just cut back a little. 3. Why don't you try smoking weed instead of shooting heroin (insert drug of choice). 4. You are just trying to self-medicate, once you … Continue reading Helping a Drug Addict
Insurance terms are confusing. Don't be frustrated, because I can help. First of all, health insurers are required to provide you with an easy-to-understand summary about your benefits. This will make it simple to see what kind of coverage you have (including addiction and mental health services). Next, it's important you understand the terms that affect how … Continue reading Confused about Health Insurance?
Yes, it is real. Unfortunately, some people pretend to have the disorder so they can score some drugs. Don't let this prevent you from getting treatment. Fight the stigma; because like children, adults who suspect they have ADHD should be evaluated by a licensed mental health professional. Just beware, that the professional may need to consider … Continue reading Is Adult ADHD Real?
Yesterday I spoke with a man who has been drinking heavily for a long time. As a result he is very sick. His liver is distended, he can't keep down food and he is urinating blood. When he tries to reduce the amount of drinks, his body reacts violently. He said he wants to stop … Continue reading Are drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms dangerous?