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“Big Alcohol” Deserves More Scrutiny

We hear a lot about “Big Tobacco” and “Big Pharma,” but we don’t hear much about “Big Alcohol.” Well, one leading publication says we should. The journal PLoS Medicine said alcohol causes just as many problems as smoking and prescription drugs, and the industry should face similar scrutiny. The editorial says statistics about drinking are ….

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12-Step Program For Over-Involved Parents

Are you entirely too involved in the lives of your children? Do you over-schedule, over-protect and over-indulge your kids? If you do, perhaps you are in need of “Parents Anonymous.” Created by parenting author Wendy Mogel, she writes on MSNBC.com: I’ve seen increasing numbers of devoted, loving, highly intelligent parents treating perfectly capable children like ….

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Obama Administration Favors Drug Treatment Over Prison

The Obama administration says it supports drug treatment instead of prison for some criminals, after new data showed a definite link between drug use and crime. The Office of National Drug Control Policy’s 2010 Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Annual Report showed more than 50% of men arrested tested positive for at least one drug. Ten ….

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Treatment On Rise For Alcohol, Pot, Opiates

A new report on drug and alcohol treatment over the past decade shows a rise in people seeking treatment for alcohol, marijuana and opiate abuse. The report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) looked at treatment admissions for people age 12 and older from 1999 to 2009. Opiate addiction rose dramatically ….

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Innovative Drug Treatment For Boys & Their Families

An innovative new residential drug and alcohol treatment program that is geared towards treating young boys and their families has opened in Connecticut. According to a news release from PRNewswire, Rushford at Stonegate is a 16-bed facility in the town of Durham. The news release said it is a: 90-day program that provides a distinct ….

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A Pill To Help Treat Alcoholism?

There could soon be a pill on the market in Europe that purports to be an effective treatment for alcoholism. The Copenhagen Press reports that the drug called Nalmefene passed phase III clinical trials “with flying colors.” The pill comes from the Danish pharmaceuticals company Lundbeck. “We are pleased that we now have reached a ….

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Novel New Research Into Heroin Addiction

Most research into heroin addiction deals with how to get people to stop using the drug. Well, a new research effort in Chicago is trying to determine if you can stop people from using the drug in the first place. According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, the research is funded by an Illinois ….

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“Choose Help”: New Website To Aid Addicts

A website that offers help to those suffering with drug and alcohol addiction picked Independence Day to launch its new addiction service. Called ChooseHelp.com, the site offers all sorts of help for people who really need it. “We give people a place where they can easily access local assistance, ask questions to qualified mental health ….

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Treatment For Benzodiazepine Addiction On The Rise

People seeking treatment for addiction to benzodiazepine is skyrocketing, nearly tripling over ten years in the United States. Benzodiazepines, better known by such brand names as Valium, Halcion, Xanax, Ativan and Librium, are used to treat anxiety, insomnia and seizure disorders. According to a new study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), ….

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“Hazelden Connection” Helps Addicts Following Treatment

Hazelden, one of the world’s largest and most respected drug addiction treatment centers, has announced a new program to help people after they leave treatment. Called Hazelden Connection, the 18-month program offers a wide range of support for recovering addicts. “For people who’ve been accustomed to planning their days around drinking or other drug use, ….

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