Change Behaviors and Attitudes Strengthen Addiction Recovery

Change Behaviors and Attitudes Strengthen Addiction Recovery

There is no argument that obtaining and maintaining recovery from alcohol and drugs is challenging. The dismal outcome statistics from rehab centers demonstrate that reality. So, for the Providers who wish to improve outcomes, and for the dedicated therapists and clinicians who work with addicted clients what can be done to alter the current landscape in the addiction industry? Science is moving at a lightening fast pace exploring brain function and neuroplasticity — all of which is good news for those suffering from addiction. Treatment, we know, must be multifaceted, as research has already demonstrated. (Sadly, this approach is still not followed by a large percentage of those offering treatment. However, we will not go into that discussion in this blog) The route to recovery is as varied as the stories behind each addict. Some people respond well to one type of therapy, such as CBT, while others need more support from 12 Step Programs. Still others do not respond well to 12 Step Programs but do respond to reward/incentive approaches. Designing a program that is comprehensive takes commitment, integrity, financial backing, qualified staff, and vision. The key to creating a fluid, responsive, and appropriate treatment program means providers and therapists must be open to new data and new approaches. Recently, an NPR health report (1/05/15) revisited a study concerning Vietnam veterans who were heroin addicts during active duty. They received treatment overseas, then returned home and maintained low rates of relapse. Dr. Lee Robins, the lead psychiatrist, collected data at regular intervals. The data revealed that only 5% of those treated in Vietnam and who were back in...
Stress, Addiction and Mindfulness-Based Therapies

Stress, Addiction and Mindfulness-Based Therapies

Stress is powerful and destructive. It attacks one’s frame of reference. Stress can send a recovering addict straight into the arms of active addiction. It courses throughout the body like a tidal wave. It leaves devastation in its wake, at first, there are only small pockets of residue left behind, but eventually it corrupts the body’s ability to fight disease, to maintain a positive attitude, or to cope with the everyday stressors of living. Decades have passed since the introduction of biofeedback occurred where patients learned to focus attention on calming bodily function using electric cues. Relaxing muscles and focusing on relaxation were found to alter the person’s physical and mental state. In 1979, MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) program was introduced to patients with physical and mental health problems. And that began the movement acknowledging the mind/body connection. Today researchers are actively looking at the impact of practicing mindfulness in treating many diseases: including addiction! Mindfulness therapy teaches the patient to: Pay attention in the moment Awareness and acceptance of thoughts and feelings Re-preceive thoughts According to a Study published in Substance Abuse Oct/Dec. 2009, researchers found that Mindfulness-based interventions produced positive results in overcoming experiential avoidance. The ability to look at the thought or feeling in the moment without judgment enabled clients to respond differently to those thoughts and feelings. Clients were able to interrupt poor behavioral choices, and automatic responses were avoided. A series of papers called for by the National Institute of Health indicated that those who received Mindfulness-based therapies experienced fewer cravings, and experienced stress reduction. In a study published in JAMA Psychiatry, Sarah Bowen, of...

According to an article on PsychCentral (10/22/14) a new study from Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse found what researchers what have long known. There are no national standards for addiction care, and that the acute care model that directs treatment is failing patients. In a previous blog, the issue of acute care versus chronic care was raised. The underlying realities of the acute care model remain. Here are the known facts: Addiction is a chronic disease Continual care and status check-ups are needed Addressing real-time issues are crucial to maintaining sobriety (drugs and alcohol) Mental health issues must be addressed simultaneously and for the long term Known scientific therapies do work and need to be utilized Professional staffing with expertise in drug and alcohol addiction is needed Separate programs for men and women along with specialty treatments (religions, sexual preference) Comprehensive family programs need to be integrated into the treatment program Strong support systems need to be established Clinical groups for aftercare must be part of the treatment program Aftercare programs help maintain early sobriety and solidify the tools for recovery Use technology to help support those in recovery Columbia University launches new interactive website In keeping with the times, Columbia University has launched a new interactive website that allows providers and patients access to recovery information and tools. Does this sound familiar? Recovery Passport Solutions is dedicated to shifting the failure of drug and alcohol treatment programs by utilizing web based tools. Where Columbia University’s interactive website offers people tools to determine whether addiction is a problem, we offer treatment facilities the tools to “shore up”...
Addiction Treatment Failing: New Study Reveals the Sad Truth

Addiction Treatment Failing: New Study Reveals the Sad Truth

According to an article on PsychCentral (10/22/14) a new study from Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, the researchers found what has long been known. There are no national standards for addiction care, and that the acute care model still directs treatment. In a previous blog, the issue of acute care versus chronic care was raised. The underlying realities of the acute care model remain. Here are the known facts:  Addiction is a chronic disease Continual care and status check-ups are needed Addressing real-time issues are crucial to maintaining sobriety (drugs and alcohol) Mental health issues must be addressed simultaneously and for the long term Known scientific therapies do work and need to be utilized Professional staffing with expertise in drug and alcohol addiction is needed Separate programs for men and women along with specialty treatments (religions, sexual preference) Comprehensive family programs need to be integrated into the treatment program Strong support systems need to be established Clinical groups for aftercare must be part of the treatment program Aftercare programs help maintain early sobriety and solidify the tools for recovery Use technology to help support those in recovery Columbia University launches new interactive website In keeping with the times, Columbia University has launched a new interactive website that allows providers and patients access to recovery information and tools. Does this sound familiar? Recovery Passport Solutions is dedicated to shifting the failure of drug and alcohol treatment programs by utilizing web based tools. Where Columbia University’s interactive website offers people tools to determine whether addiction is a problem, we offer treatment facilities the tools to “shore up” client...
Technology: Give Your Clients an Edge on Addiction Recovery

Technology: Give Your Clients an Edge on Addiction Recovery

If handled carefully, ethically, and in an informed manner, technology can boost aftercare outcomes, stabilize patient recovery, and create a standard for addiction aftercare. Recovery Passport Solutions offers Providers tools to help extend retention in treatment or the Aftercare phase of treatment. It does not replace face-to-face substance abuse treatment. Providers should understand that technology is not a substitute for primary addiction care. Rather, its place should be as a solid tool that can reach clients anywhere, anytime after they leave the treatment facility. Aftercare and Technology: Increase and Track Outcomes in Real Time  There is a tendency in the health care industry to approach issues in a patch work manner. Serious mistakes are made when careful analysis of a problem does not occur nor a global view of the problem taken. For the furtherance of this discussion, it is accepted that Addiction Aftercare programs need standardization. Turning to social media as the sole answer to clients’ Aftercare needs is doomed to failure. Recovery Passport Solutions offers Providers and clients a comprehensive approach. A range of tools within the RPS model address issues attending to aftercare and long term sobriety (drugs and alcohol). Our comprehensive approach to Aftercare includes interconnected electronic tools that can help to maintain and boost client’s readiness to change (crucial for recovery) while supporting proactive interventions; and these tools can enhance motivation. Further, RPS tools offer Providers real data for frequent assessments on both clients’ progress and program successes or failures. Electronic-based Addiction Aftercare Tools Strengthen Self-Care Electronic-based aftercare treatment tools reinforce the role of self-care in recovery and recovery management. Such tools enable clients to...
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