Originally Posted @ http://www.newbridgerecovery.com/avoiding-negative-self-talk/
Do You Ever Say Things Like This to Yourself?
Addictionland - Addiction Recover Blog
The standard stay for patients at in-patient addiction treatment programs has historically been 28 to 30 days. Ever wondered how this came about? Unfortunately, the 28 day treatment template is not some magical number based on science or evidence. Rather it was implemented for a number of other reasons, largely based on financial regulations and arbitrary logic. Discover why addiction experts are urging treatment providers and clients to reconsider standards about length of stay.
The reasons behind the formulation of the month long treatment go back to the 1970's. During this period the United States Air Force established its first addiction treatment program. When choosing the duration of treatment for members of the Air Force they based their methods on the existing reassignment rules. These rules stated that if individuals were away from treatment for more than 30 days they had to be reassigned. So they selected 28 days as the standard to avoid the arduous reassignment process.
Dr. David Lewis, who in the 1970's helped establish the addiction treatment in the U.S. Air Force, says 30-day stays were scheduled for bureaucratic reasons rather than any scientific or medical evidence.
In the following years, as addiction treatment grew and expanded, other treatment centers adopted the Air Force's standard. Insurance companies drafted their policies and coverage plans to align with the newly founded standard length of stay. This standard has existed for decades, largely unchallenged until recently. Now professionals and researchers are coming forward with evidence and experience that shows we need to re-evaluate the ideal length of stay in inpatient facilities.
Originally Posted @ http://www.newbridgerecovery.com/spotlight-buprenorphine-patches/
Belonging to the family of medications used to assist opioid addiction, Buprenorphine is a increasingly popular drug in addiction treatment. It is an opioid itself and is used in "Opioid Substitution Therapy", replacing more dangerous drugs like heroin or OxyContin. Buprenorphine Patches are a relatively new form of the drug, allowing patients an extended slow release of medicine. Are these new patches more effective in assisting opioid maintenance? Are there any drawbacks to patches compared to the traditional tablets?
Medical information provided by the companies behind Buprenorphine claims:
Buprenorphine is used to help you keep off street drugs such as heroin. It can prevent or reduce the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when you stop using such drugs. It is a medicine that is similar to heroin and works as a replacement treatment. Many people choose to stay on Buprenorphine long-term, although some people gradually reduce their dose and come off it....
Originally Posted @ http://www.newbridgerecovery.com/addiction-disease-perception/
Sober addicts, alcoholics, and therapists have called addiction a "disease of perception". What the heck does that mean? This post will examine how addiction warps a person's perspective and the ugly effects it can have. Addiction alters our view on the outside world, blocking us off from reality.
Our eyes are the tools that scan and pick up what we see in our life. However, our eyes only record information, they do not analyze or interpret what we see. If you remember taking biology or anatomy in high school then you may remember that visual information travels from our eyes via the optic nerves to the occipital lobe of the brain, where visual processing occurs. It is at this stage of perception that addiction really gets involved, skewing what we see away from reality. What's an example of a perceptual distortion caused by addiction?
Drug and alcohol, in excess, cause visible problems. These could be hangovers, health issues, consequences, relationship troubles, and more. When these problems occur, ex. we get fired because of our drug use, our addiction changes our perception to defend itself. Rather than looking at the situation and saying "Wow, my drug use is out of control. Maybe I should quit...", the addicted brain instead goes "Gosh, my boss was a jerk! I didn't need that job anyway". Addiction will do anything to keep the blame away from itself. It changes how we perceive the world, blaming others for our troubles or rationalizing selfish behavior. The addicted brain constantly rationalizes its behavior, despite the contrary evidence. As long as our addicted brain views other people and circumstances as the real reason for our unhappiness, we will never suspect that our addiction is really the main problem.
When our perception is flawed, we make judgments based on inaccurate information. I used to gossip and talk crap about my co-workers, based on the assumption that they were talking behind my back. In turns out that they weren't, and I let an error in perception almost ruin a few relationships. Part of overcoming addiction and helping the addict/alcoholic to see the truth behind his predicament is to provide evidence that proves his perception as wrong. Chuck C, a well-known figure in 12 step programs, says that getting sober is like "putting on a new pair of glasses". What he means by this is that when we get sober we discover a new way to look at ourselves and the world around us. Our perspective (hopefully) is no longer clouded by ugly emotions like fear, anger, jealousy, dishonesty, etc. Our new outlook on life allows us to take a more tolerant view of others and ourselves....