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Investing in addiction treatment is good policy
Advocates for expanding addiction treatment have asked the president and Congress to increase funding for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Program. After years of budget cuts, this essential program has received additional …
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Shumlin promotes treatment at DC drug forum
He highlighted some of the steps he's taking in Vermont, including investments in addiction treatment programs and third-party assessors who determine if treatment would be more effective than incarceration in individual cases. "That's what we've got …

Western Massachusetts' opioid addiction crisis addressed in state Senate
Roose called for a number of ways to address the crisis, including the expansion of methadone and other proven treatment programs, approaches to ease the stigma of addiction and its treatments, “innovative collaboration” with social services and …

Rob Kardashian rehab: Reality star checks into center for substance abuse
Rob Kardashian is finally getting the help that he needs. On Wednesday, reports came out from Radar Online that he is now in a rehab treatment center. He went into rehab for a problem with substance abuse and also depression. Rob has been putting on a …

Bloomington IN Alcohol Drug Rehab Launches New Christian-Based Program
This is followed by a structured, Christ-centered treatment program. The staff of counselors, therapists and medical professionals knows how much physical damage drugs do to the mind and body. The center offers classes on understanding addiction, daily …
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Brockton Mayor Seeks Harsher Penalties For Drug Dealers
BOSTON — Calling Brockton the “epicenter of the heroin crisis in southeastern Massachusetts,” the city's mayor, Bill Carpenter, is proposing tougher penalties for dealers caught trying to sell drugs within 300 feet of an addiction treatment center …
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Galloway, NJ Welcomes New Drug Treatment Center: Addiction Treatment
ATSI is founded on several beliefs: that addiction is a complex and destructive disease; spirituality, fitness and family involvement are vital keys to success in treatment; and professional drug treatment help is required in order to achieve long-term …
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medical center to cater to elderly, drug addicts
While the medical complex will also include a 20-bed hospital, world-class geriatric care and substance abuse treatment will “define” MMC, according to Ali al-Hajj a health care consultant working on the project. The 114-bed center for elderly care …
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Question by : can i take benzodiazipines for anxiety if I have had substance abuse issues in the past?
seriously. I’ve been abusing alcohol heavily to self medicate my chronic anxiety on and off for the past ten years or so.. I’ve been to detox a few times, rehab, and hospitals. Of course I’ve dealt with legal trouble as well, because drinking gets me into a lot of trouble as well. I’ve tried counseling, medication, group therapy, holistic treatment, diet change, church, and more than often: trying to force myself to “stop being weak.” Nothing works. According to the state I’m bipolar which qualifies me for disability (I receive SSI and SSDI) here are some of the medications I’ve tried: adderall celexa lexapro effexor wellbutrin buspar lamictal seroquel abilify dalmane ambien trazodone diazepam straterra buspar vistaril. All of those drugs had severe side effects I could not deal with. The cons outweighed the pros. The adderall turned into severe abuse and I became psychotic for months… It took about 6 months after an overdose to calm down. I’ve never experienced mania in my life without drugs so I know for a fact I’m not bipolar. I’m often depressed but mostly anxious. I have VERY lightly abused a few prescription painkillers but honestly not enough to ever call it a serious problem…might have been heading that way for a bit but I sobered up for 18 months, where I put all my strength and energy into “recovery.” I committed myself to AA (the worst program alive) and went to therapy every week. I spoke with my case manager and continued searching for spirituality. I got a job, moderate exercise, and ate will. I was still dying inside. I went to a hospital that put me on heavy mood stabilizers that triggered compulsive over eating which is horrible since I have underlying health issues so I had to quit. The other unbearable side effects I’ve experienced from medication is insomnia, tardive dyskinesia, heart palpitations, swollen throat, cystic acne, and worsened suicidal thoughts. Not worth it, at all. My anxiety is chronic and involves obsessions, social distress, and panic attacks…I used to have them really bad when I was younger and they are coming back. I contacted a load of psychiatrists and none are accepting new clients. The agency I’m assigned to does not prescribe addictive medication especially to people with substance abuse issues. my neighbors use xanax and I have connections if needed be. I’d rather try a lighter one though such klonopin. I’ve heard that it is the less addicting? I’m not drug seeking…just want to treat my symptoms. i’ve used ativan and valium before and they were life savers but I never went after them hard because I was so scared of withdrawal or adding more problems. Thing is, I think about killing myself every single day…maybe I’m a person that just needs a real anxiety medicine, for life?? Any thoughts on this subject would be appreciated. I feel doomed at the moment. thankyou
oh wait dalmane worked beautifully but it was only a temporary prescription and i was too scared to ask the doctor for a refill because i’m insanely terrified of that kind of pill addiction

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Answer by SookieFan
I would highly recommend you dont. Its pretty close but the consequences of addiction are worse than chronic anxiety in my opinion. Make sure they’re a last resort and highly monitored. You might benefit from supported living where they administer your meds for you.

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Question by : What is this “pre-release program” for inmates?
So I’ve heard of a “pre-release program” for inmates in prisons, but I have no idea what it is. I know prisons offer classes for GED and alcohol / substance abuse and anger management and vocational job things, but what is the pre-release program? Is it mandatory? What is it? And do inmates in maximum security prisons and / or SHU get to participate?

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Answer by K-9 OSIFFER
It is not mandatory but it is highly recommend, the primary purpose of the Pre-Release Program is to prepare offenders for a successful re-entry into society upon their release from prison. The program’s services and activities are designed to focus on improving the offender’s employability, social and human relations skills in order to facilitate a successful reintegration from the state’s tax roll to an employer’s payroll. The major duties and responsibilities of the Pre-Release Program are categorized into eight primary services: employability skills training; counseling; job development; residence development; remedial education; adult literacy in the workplace; transportation and follow-up/aftercare.

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Stasiewicz Alcohol Treatment Strategies
Therapy will take place at RIA's Clinical Research Center, the only alcoholism and substance abuse treatment facility licensed by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services to conduct clinical research. “The study will offer …
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