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Monday, December 7, 2009

Teens drug rehab

Usually posting about free drug rehabs, but this time i wanted to focuse on teen drug rehab, no matter are they free or paid, because when it came to youngest it is most scaring and dangerous. Today, there is a lot of teenagers with drug abusing problem, and many parents in first time even didn't recognize a problem, and when recognize that their kid had drug problems, they usualy are with mixed feeling and don't know what to do. Usual questions when parent suspect that teenager child have drug problems are:

- is my teenager kid realy have drug abusing problem?
- if it has, what program to choose?
-I heart something about 12 steps programs, are they good?
- I heart about non-12 step programs are they maybe better?
- i heart about religious drug rehabilitations for teenager?
- what to do att all now?! How to find good teenager drug rehab?
- should I try with free rehab or paid one?
- and many other questions

It is very natural in first moment to be confused and don't know what to do. 

  1. First, absolutley most important is to identify the problem, is it related to teen drug abusing or not. To be sure is Your teenager really had contact with drugs and really have drug abusing problems. i am saying this because teenagers are sensitive and offten you can see some signs but they don't strictly to be connected with substancies abusing, sometime they don't talk to much or don't eat to much, but that also can mean that they fealt in love, for example. So don't panic, that is first step.Every parent's worst nightmare is finding out one of their children has a drug problem. Even worse would be losing a child to a drug related death and wondering if there was anything you could have done to save them. Just as children need to be educated about drugs, parents need to be educated as to what signs they should be looking for that might indicate a problem.There are many physical and behavioral signs that your child may have a drug abuse problem. Knowing what some of these signs are may be the difference between getting your child the help they need and finding out too late that they were in trouble. First, we'll take a look at the behavioral side of it. The most important thing you can do as a parent is be actively involved your child's life. This means be more than just someone who provides them with food and shelter. Be involved in their school life and their social life. Ask them questions about where they're going and who's going to be there. Insist on meeting their friends and their parents to find out what kind of people they are hanging out with. If you stay involved in all aspects of your child's life, you'll be more likely to notice a change in their behavior.There are many different behavioral changes that could indicate a drug problem in your teenage child. You may begin to notice that your child is locking their bedroom door all the time or just being more secretive in general. The friends that they've had for years don't seem to be coming around anymore. Instead, they might have a new group of friends that they really don't want you to get to know. You may find that you're catching them lying to you when they never have before. One sign that will show up with almost all drug use is mood swings. Your child may seem very lethargic and overly tired one moment and then hyper-active and aggressive the next. A sudden lack of interest in the things that were once important to them such as athletics or hobbies could occur as well. Changes in appetite and sleep patterns could also be brought on by drug use.

After this if you realy find that your teenager soon or daughter have drug abusing problem, then defintly it is time to ask for help from experts. Choosing right teens drug rehab, can be crucial. I will try to help you to give you attention what aspects of rehabs for your teen you are considering. Choose a quality teen drug rehab
Everything about a child's addiction to drugs or alcohol is difficult for parents, and even after the decision is made to get help, even choosing an appropriate treatment facility can challenge at a time in life when you could only wish there were some easy answers.

Drug and alcohol rehab is expensive, it's a big commitment, and more importantly; the stakes are high, and you want to do everything in your power to choose a drug and alcohol rehab facility for your troubled teen that has the very best chance of offering them a happy and productive future of sobriety.

The options are many, and unfortunately, the level of care you get may be partially determined by the degree of insurance coverage you posses and your ability to finance private care. But there will likely be a number of options available to you, and you will need to make a choice between many. There are some intangibles that cannot be quantified and yet remain important, and if something about a facility strikes you as "off" it's a good idea to listen to your heart, but having some objective measures from which to evaluate a facility can assist you in narrowing down the options.

Here are 5 criteria that you may want to use when selecting a drug and alcohol rehab for your teen:

Is the rehab for teens only?

Teens do not do well in adult specific treatment, and although there are many facilities that will accept adolescents into a general rehab, these are rarely a good choice and offer a slim chance of success. Teens have different needs, and require different programs.

Teens do not suffer from the same types of problems as do adults, will not likely relate well to other addicts in recovery, get little value out of group sessions, and fail to get teen specific programming.

Emerging through adolescence and into adulthood is hard enough even without the complication and challenges of addiction or substance abuse. Teens suffering a problem with drugs or alcohol deserve to get help at a facility that can assist them with their unique, school, peer group and psycho social needs; and whatever an adult facility might maintain, they will not be able to do an effective job with this.

What about school?

Although the number one priority for teens in a drug or alcohol rehab program is the bettering of abuse and addiction, school should not and cannot be overlooked in its importance.

Teens with substance abuse problems too often enter into rehab already suffering academically from their period of drug abuse, and ideally they may use the period of rehab to boost academic performance as they better addiction.

Quality teen rehabs will employ professional educators, well equipped and trained to handle discipline and behavioral issues in the classroom, and the teacher to student ratio in the classroom should be low enough that teens can get the individual and remedial attention they need to catch up on what they missed, and maybe even excel past their peers.

Drug or alcohol rehab should never be a vacation from school responsibilities, and a quality academic component is necessary at any drug or alcohol rehab for teens.

How much family involvement is encouraged?

The single greatest factor influencing success rates at drug and alcohol rehab for teens is the level of family support and participation in the therapies of rehab. Teens are not yet adults, are having a very hard time, and as much as they may maintain a brave face about their ordeals; they do still need their mom and dad for help during such a tough period.

Family involvement doesn’t just mean occasional or even daily phone calls--although the more contact the better--it also means an active and involved participation in the therapies of rehab. Parents should ideally be invited to participate in group and family specific therapy sessions, in educational seminars and other for programming. By including the family throughout recovery, parents and siblings can heal together with the teen addict, and can also learn how best to support and encourage a teen recovering addict once out of treatment and back in the home.

Family participation is invaluable, and you should be very wary of any teen facility that does not encourage a high level of family involvement.

What types of aftercare are offered, and for how long?

Ideally, drug and alcohol rehab consists of two separate but equal phases of treatment, and although the first residential phase gets all the attention, the second "aftercare" phase is arguably just as important.

Aftercare simply means continuing therapeutic involvement once finished with residential rehab and back in the community. Aftercare may mean continuing group meetings, may be 12 steps based, may be individual therapy; and at best should probably be a combination of all of the above.

Continuing participation in therapies during the months and even years after rehab is extremely important for long term sobriety, and all quality rehabs will offer aftercare programming, and usually inclusive in the price of admission.

If a rehab facility does not offer aftercare, they may not be the best choice for your son or daughter.

What type of assessment is given prior to treatment?

While a comprehensive teen rehab facility should be well equipped to treat the majority of teens abusing drugs and or alcohol, there will be some kids with problems either so severe, or requiring of a treatment so different, that they are not well equipped to handle their needs.

Teens who may be suffering from a concurrent psychiatric illness may benefit more from a different type of treatment, and teens with antisocial histories of problems with violence may also not get the help they need at all types of rehabs. It's important for a rehab facility to administer a pre assessment questionnaire to get an initial idea of the problems they are facing, and to determine if they are equipped to offer legitimate and beneficial treatment.

If a rehab facility claims they are able to treat all teens, regardless of their personal histories, this should raise some alarm flags as to the true quality of the rehab facility.

Is any type of treatment 100% guaranteed ?

Unfortinatly there is no such drug rehab program that will give you 100% guarantee, it depends on many factors, but that what you can influence in, is to identify problem early. In that case chances are almost 100% that teenager will become drug free after detox program, so advice to parents is, if you are suspicious that your teenager abusing drugs, don't denied that you see that your kid may have problem with drugs, as soon as you check, and if there is problem, than as soon as your teenager start detox chances or success are better.
If you can't afford treatment, try finding free drug rehab near you.

Are expensive drug treatment better that cheap or free ?

It should be but it is not rule.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Few words about sex addiction

As You know, I am usualy write about drug rehabs focused mostly on free drug rehabs in US and UK, but this time, something else attracted my attention, different kind of addiction: sex addiction or sex rehab. There are certain people who need this kind of addiction so i will introduce You what sexual rehab is and who need it.

Sexual addiction is not a term made up for people who are looking for an excuse to be irresponsibly horny, as some may erroneously believe.  Sexual addiction is in fact a real addiction and it destroys lives all the same as a drug or alcohol addiction. People struggling with sexual addiction find themseves behaving in uncontrollable and compulsive ways, putting themselves and those around them in considerable danger.  Sexual addiction does not get the same attention as drug and alcohol addiction, but it is still very real and very dangerous.  Read here about sexual addiction, its roots, effects, and how to best help someone who is struggling.

Sexual addiction is hypothesized to be (but is not always) associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), narcissistic personality disorder, and manic-depression. There are those who suffer from more than one condition simultaneously (known as a dual diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder), but traits of addiction are often confused with those of these disorders, often due to most clinicians not being adequately trained in diagnosis and characteristics of addictions, and many clinicians tending to avoid use of the diagnosis at all.
Specialists in obsessive-compulsive disorder and addictions use the same terms to refer to different symptoms. In addictions, obsession is progressive and pervasive, and develops along with denial; the person usually does not see themselves as preoccupied, and simultaneously makes excuses, justifies and blames. Compulsion is present only while the addict is physically dependent on the activity for physiological stasis. Constant repetition of the activity creates a chemically dependent state. If the addict acts out when not in this state, it is seen as being spurred by the obsession only. Some addicts do have OCD as well as addiction, and the symptoms will interact.
Addicts often display narcissistic traits, which often clear as sobriety is achieved. Others do exhibit the full personality disorder even after successful addiction treatment.

Definition says that sex addicts are unable to control their sexual impulses, which can involve the entire spectrum of sexual fantasy or behavior. Eventually, the need for sexual activity increases, and the person's behavior is motivated solely by the persistent desire to experience the sex act and the history usually reveals a long-standing pattern of such behavior, which the person repeatedly has tried to stop, but without success. Although a patient may have feelings of guilt and remorse after the fact, these feelings do not suffice to prevent its recurrence and the patient may report that the need to act out is most severe during stressful periods or when angry, depressed, anxious, or otherwise dysphoric. Eventually, the sexual activity interferes with the person's social, vocational, or marital life, which begins to deteriorate.

How to see first symptoms? The sex addict uses sex as a quick fix, or as a form of medication for anxiety, pain, loneliness, stress, or sleep. Sex addicts often refer to sex as their "pain reliever" or "tension reliever." Other indicators that sexual behavior may be out of control include:

an obsession with sex that dominates one's life, including sexual fantasies that interfere with work performance
excessive time devoted to planning sexual activity that it interferes with other activities strong feelings of shame about one's sexual behavior
feelings of powerlessness or inability to stop despite predictable adverse consequences
inability to make a commitment to a loving relationship and/or extreme dependence upon a relationship as a basis for feelings of self-worth
little or no genuine emotional satisfaction or attachment gained from sexual encounters
Compulsive or addictive sexual behavior may take various forms, including what many regard as "normal" heterosexual behavior. The type of sexual activity and even the frequency or number of partners are not of great significance in diagnosing this problem. Some individuals have a naturally stronger sex drive than others, and the range of human sexual activity is so broad that it is difficult to define "normal" sexual behavior. What is significant is a pattern of self-destructive or high risk sexual behavior that is unfulfilling, a person is unable to stop, and their life becomes unmanageable as a result.

The first major study of sexual addiction was published by Patrick Carnes in 1991.(4) It was based on questionnaires filled out by 752 males and 180 females diagnosed as sex addicts, most of them admitted for treatment in the in-patient Sexual Dependency Unit of a hospital in Minnesota. The others had at least three years of participation in one of the 12-step programs for recovery from sexual addition. Of the sex addicts in this survey, 63% were heterosexual, 18% homosexual, 11% bisexual, and 8% were unsure of their sexual preference.

The sexual addicts who responded to Carnes' questionnaire were typically unable to form close friendships. Their feelings of shame and unworthiness made them unable to accept real intimacy. They were certain they would be rejected if others only knew what they were "really" like, so they found myriad obsessive ways to turn away a potential friend or loving partner. Despite a large number of superficial sexual contacts, they suffered from loneliness, and many developed a sense of leading two lives--one sexual, the other centered around their occupation or other "normal" activity.

In Carnes' survey, 97% responded that their sexual activity led to loss of self-esteem. Other reported emotional costs were strong feelings of guilt or shame, 96%; strong feelings of isolation and loneliness, 94%; feelings of extreme hopelessness or despair, 91%; acting against personal values and beliefs, 90%; feeling like two people, 88%; emotional exhaustion, 83%; strong fears about own future, 82%; and emotional instability, 78%.

Carnes found that 42% of sex addicts in his sample also had a problem with either alcohol or drug dependency and 38% had eating disorders.

Sex rehab and treatment

Treatment will focus on two main issues. The first is the logistical concerns of separating you from harmful sexual behavior in the same way drug addicts need to be separated from drugs.

Accomplishing this might require inpatient or residential treatment for several weeks. An inpatient setting protects you from the abundance of sexual images and specific situations or people that trigger compulsive sexual behavior. It's simply harder to relapse in a structured and tightly controlled setting. Sometimes, you can succeed in an outpatient setting with adequate social, family and spiritual support.

The second and most difficult issue involves facing the guilt, shame and depression associated with this illness. It takes trust and time with a competent therapist to work through these emotions. If you are very depressed, the best treatment might be an inpatient residential setting where professionals can monitor and properly manage your symptoms.

12-Step Programs Twelve-step programs, such as Sexaholics Anonymous, apply principles similar to those used in other addiction programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. However, unlike AA, where the goal is complete abstinence from all alcohol, SA pursues abstinence only from compulsive, destructive sexual behavior. By admitting powerlessness over their addictions, seeking the help of God or a higher power, following the required steps, seeking a sponsor and regularly attending meetings, many addicts have been able to regain intimacy in their personal relationships.

Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 
This approach looks at what triggers and reinforces actions related to sexual addiction and looks for methods of short-circuiting the process. Treatment approaches include teaching addicts to stop sexual thoughts by thinking about something else; substituting sexual behavior with some other behavior, such as exercising or working out; and preventing the relapse of addictive behavior.

Interpersonal Therapy 
People addicted to sex often have significant emotional baggage from their early lives. Traditional "talk therapy" can be helpful in increasing self control and in treating related mood disorders and effects of past trauma.

Group Therapy 
Group therapy typically consists of a healthcare professional working with a group of between six and 10 patients. Working with other addicts allows you to see that your problem is not unique. It also enables you to learn about what works and what doesn't from others' experiences, and draw on others' strengths and hopes. A group format is ideal for confronting the denial and rationalizations common among addicts. Such confrontation from other addicts is powerful not only for the addict being confronted, but also for the person doing the confronting, who learns how personal denial and rationalization sustained addiction.

Sex rehab Medication 
Recent research suggests that certain psychiatric medications -- namely antidepressants -- may be useful in treating sexual addiction. In addition to treating mood symptoms common among sex addicts, these medications may have some benefit in reducing sexual obsessions.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Christian Rehab Centers

Drug rehab treatments in known or non known rehab centers are usually expensive. Good alternative when You need help with drug problems can be religious communities, and they are usually low cost or in mostly cases totally free drug rehabs. Today we will talk about how Christian community can help to drug addicts, but that not exclude other religious communities. About other I will write in some of next posts, today we will concentrate on how Christian communities in US can provide free help to drug patients.

I already wrote about christian drug rehab, and this time I will give small list and small review of US christian rug rehab centers with all informations and links to their offical sites. As everything else, I hope that this will help to those who need help with drugs.

Journey Rehabilitation Centers are located in South Orange County, California offering comprehensive 28-day Christian based drug and alcohol treatment programs.   Highly structured programs work on getting back to basics through Christ centered principles, individual/family counseling, group/multi family sessions, anger/stress management, pet therapy, life skills, and exercise/nutrition. In our supportive environment each resident can actively pursue their personal recovery with spiritual guidance and The Recovery Bible's 12-Step 

Mark Houston Recovery for adult males who desire to re-create and re-claim their lives. A sober living environment that is solely dedicated to teaching men the spiritual practices and life skills necessary to function in their world with integrity, responsibility, commitment and dignity.  Over the course of 90 days our residents will experience the daily disciplines of life as a sober man, beginning with prayer and meditation every morning.

Home Away Retreat offers private, world-class, addiction recovery. Non-institutional rehab that works. Turns addictions into assets. You will be treated with respect, achieve sobriety, and restore your health, relationships and career. You will achieve freedom from addiction, peace of mind, joy and purpose to your life. Your family will trust you again. Intimate home-like setting (max 8 guests), with private accommodation, wonderful meals, and individual attention. Our professional, expert staff provide you the most comprehensive program meaning you have the best chance possible to be successful. Enjoy recreation and the natural beauty of British Columbia, Canada. Find hope and health when alcohol, drugs, gambling, smoking, or compulsions are a problem in your life. Also inquire about our special smoking cessation retreat.

Penfield Christian Home is a Christ-centered ministry for reclaiming the lives of adult men suffering from addiction to drugs and alcohol. Penfield has been in operation for over twenty-eight years, helping approximately 640 men a year find freedom from addiction and live happy, productive lives through our unique, Christ-centered approach. At Penfield Christian Home, these principles are referred to as Twelve Steps for Successful Christian Living. The ministry of Penfield is rooted in the belief that recovery from the addictive use of alcohol and drugs can be achieved through a personal faith in Jesus Christ. The men are taught to apply, through the power of Jesus Christ, Biblical principles as expressed in the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

If you would like to help me finish ultimate free rehabs list in US by state, please visit this page, and leave me your experiences or what you know about particular free rehab. On list will be added only real 100% non cost drug addiction programs.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Free Drug rehab

Before reading this please first visit my page about real free drug rehabs in US,Uk,CA and Europe.
Now I will say few words about free rehabs, and  why such no cost treatments can be valuable to many drug addicts, and can save their lives, especially for those who simply who want to be traeted but can't afford any type of paid rehab. Forbidden substances in modern time called drugs destroy physically and mental person, destroys soul and body. Problems which people have when using drugs are well known. Drugs destroy mental and physicality health, and to survive, people who are in situation that they are addicted to drugs need help as soon as it is possible. In most cases patients who don't ask or can't find help are going more deeply into anther types of problems with low, because drug addicts need money for substances they need. Another problem in case that addict want to go rehab, what means that he has idea of having problem, usually are costs of rehabs, because so much people simply can't afford that.

First line of help is local doctor or clinic. After that we know diagnose and if person  it is more or leas involved in drugs, person  need rehab and cleaning from drugs. Depending of part of world or country, different drugs are treated as those who need rehab for, in some countries health system sends marijuana addicts to addiction treatments and in some they don't send even heroine addicts. 

Here i will try to help those people who are living in countries in which health (social) system doesn't treat addicts like any other sick people, or in other words don't pay them for rehab programs. My intention is to give you clear picture about free and paid rehab programs that You can find.

Making the decision to get help for a drug or alcohol problem takes you a giant and first step forward to recovery. Unfortunately, for those of us without good health insurance, and without the savings we would need to pay for an expensive private drug or alcohol rehab, finding a facility that will take us in can be challenging so it is maybe best to search for good free drug rehab.

Drug Rehabs can be expensive, as much as $20 000 a month or more for a private facility, and impossibly out of reach for many of us. There are some very affordable drug and alcohol rehabs that operate as non profit or charity entities, but they can be tough to find, and may also operate with significant waiting lists.

Recovery Housing

One often overlooked option is bypassing drug rehab completely for recovery housing. It will not provide detoxification services, and in general will offer very limited therapy; but for some, they offer enough to get keep you sober during those first very tough months.

It is simply a shared residence where all members of the household are addicts or alcoholics in recovery. Most houses will mandate an active (daily) participation in AA or another form of 12 steps group involvement, and all will demand that you abide by certain rules of the house. No drug or alcohol use is permitted, in any situation, and if you do use, you will not be allowed to stay.

Very Affordable free drug rehabilitation

There are some very luxurious recovery homes, but most operate as non profit entities and individual costs are only as much as is needed to offset house expenses. With as many as 8 or more residents in a household, each person's share of the bills is very affordable, and in most cases - even if you have no money - you can be accepted into the house with the understanding that you will gain employment and start to contribute your fair share.

As all residents are in a similar situation of recovery and temptation, there is a great feeling of mutual support within the house. Recovering addicts in their addiction learn from one another how to live without intoxication, and learn once again how to enjoy life without chemicals. A lot of us begin our journey through recovery without a strong sober support network. All of our old friends still use, and loneliness can be a real problem, loneliness can trigger relapse. Recovery house friendships are the rule - not the exception - and sober friendships can help a lot to keep you walking your journey to sobriety during those first few months.

Stay Sober rehab

Offering sober sanctuary, a place to go home to every night free from temptation, the supportive environment of a home can help to keep you from yielding to cravings.

Residents in general stay for as long as they want to, as long as they feel they need to. An average stay is about 1 year, although some people will stay much longer than this!

In next chapter I will go deeply and will focus only on non paid types of treatment and organizations that provide such treatments. I already suggested that, if you need free drug rehab, you need to start searching from your local community, usually you can find such programs within religious communities or developed by volunteers. 

For next post I prepared also some info about  drug rehabs in NYC, since NYC is one of the biggest cities in US, with large number of addicts who need informations about free or cheap rehabilitation treatments.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Most successful non 12 step program

When it come to drug addicts, we always think about certain clinic. Drug problem is actualy as any other health problem, in I like rather to think about approach to healing rather than about specified clinic or place or even price.

It is much more important to know something about what methods in rehab are used in some place (clinic or recovery sober) than name of place or organization, is it fancy or not, or how much costs. In last 50 years medicine, made different ways to take care about drug diseases and addicts. Some have more success and some have less success. No body can tell you exactly what type of treatment is best for certain addicts, but also, you must avoid failing in "mainstream" trap - to choose rehab program just because it is modern last days or something similar.

Today I will try explain a bit more one of alternative drug treatment based on non 12 step methodology, which I don't claim that is or it isn't better that classic 12 step treatments, but simple presenting you, to have in mind how other options look like.

Occasionally you hear people say things like, “Hey, so and so just went to drug rehab.” Just as often, you will hear that the individual completed the drug rehab program and began abusing substances immediately upon returning home and degrading own Health on that way? This scenario is not unusual. Conventional drug rehab programs (including alcohol rehabilitation programs) here in America are predominantly 12 step drug rehab oriented. Now we will focus in this text on non 12 step programs. This model of recovery comes out of the 1935 first century Christian drug rehab approach temperance movement now known as Alcoholics Anonymous. Through the last seventy years, America has adapted this AA philosophy into several different recovery models, all of which have a different name but the same method. There is the Minnesota Model of recovery, the disease model of alcoholism (and drug addiction), and countless others that adopt the credo that substance abusers require a drug rehab program if the participant expects to survive. All believe substance abuse is a disease.

Each program holds steadfast onto the concept that without a drug rehab program, the substance abuser will end up in jail, a mental institution, or will meet an untimely death, or many other health and social problems will be posible.

It is believed (without a shred of scientific evidence to support it) that the drug rehab program can then save this person from their internal defect and keep their destructive behavior at bay, at least for one more day.

Putting aside this common but misleading doomful hysteria, how effective are the drug and alcohol rehab programs that permeate our society. And, how does the Jude Thaddeus Program fare when compared to these classic 12 step based drug rehab programs?

Although prevalent, 12 step based drug rehabs are ineffective. When Baldwin Research Institute, Inc. conducted a survey of over sixty random drug rehab programs across the country and inquired into how they obtained their success rates, most answered by saying that conducting research to acquire sound drug rehab success rates is not necessary. The facility directors who answered in this way went on to state that success rate analysis is unnecessary because the people who “really want the program” get well, and those who are “not ready” will relapse. Thus and according to these drug rehab program directors, this faulty logic proved that there was no need to track drug rehab outcomes. This method of circular logic avoids the real question of why 80% - 95% of program graduates relapsed after being treated. The success rates for these programs are well documented at a range of 5%-20%. This is the same success rate range as no treatment at all. If only those who would have gotten sober on their own (without drug rehab treatment programs) succeed to remain sober after participating in conventional drug rehab programs, the question becomes, why do conventional drug rehab programs exist? Is there a method to help the 80%-95% who relapse after the completion of conventional programs? The answer, of course, is yes. The Jude Thaddeus program™ has had an independently verified success rate of 64%  over fifteen years.

Note: Of the three drug rehab programs that did publish success rates, two explained how their program managers (directors) called ex-patients to get an idea of who was doing well, and one program reservations spokesperson stated that they were not even sure what their program success rate was, even though their brochure and website touted a 74% rate of success! In any other circle this would be called false and misleading advertising.

Making matters even worse, many drug and alcohol rehab programs have added more confusion to the contrived complications of alcohol and drug abuse. Besides the misleading and downright fraudulent claim that alcohol and drug abuse are diseases, the myth is now further complicated by prescribing mind-altering antidepressants and antipsychotic medications that are handed out liberally by ill-informed expedient doctors.  Inexplicably these well educated “professionals” prescribe these dangerous drugs for a disease that does not exist and knowing that a common side affect is an increase risk of suicide!

With all this said, the Jude Thaddeus Program™ is not a drug or alcohol rehab. It has been well established for more than seventy years that conventional 12 step alcohol and drug rehab programs have little or no affect helping people stay sober.  In fact many independent studies report that the success rate of conventional 12 step alcohol and drug rehab programs is less than no treatment at all. That is to say that participation in conventional 12 step alcohol and drug rehab programs actually decreases the probability of becoming alcohol and drug free and remaining alcohol and drug free.  The Jude Thaddeus Program™ is an educational retreat that, as we have stated earlier, has success where other drug rehab programs fall short. Why?

First, we base all our program material on research, comprehensive education and common sense. The Jude Thaddeus Program™ is effective because it teaches permanent solutions, it builds on the hard work of maturing and changing negative habits into positive action, and it makes clear how to accept positive deferred gratification through stick-to-itiveness, and carefully constructed, goal oriented plans. Although these principles are time tested, they require work, and the willingness to change.   

Addiction is a disease – the Great American Myth.  

The Jude Thaddeus Program™ does not advocate belief in the disease of addiction myth. There is no disease of alcoholism; there is no disease of drug abuse; and, there is no disease of addiction! Therefore there is no need for drug rehab programs that waste precious time using therapy to push the disease of addiction agenda. This is just one of many areas where the Jude Thaddeus Program™ departs from conventional treatment and why the Jude Thaddeus Program™ is significantly more effective than the conventional drug and alcohol rehab treatment model. Teaching our guests to take personal responsibility for their choices rather than making excuses for choices that result in poor behavior is the cornerstone to rebuilding their life. A disease by its very nature is out of the person’s control. This is simply not the case with substance abuse. Substance abusers make the choice to abuse alcohol and drugs. The millions who stopped abusing drugs chose to stop.  Choice is a behavior, not a disease.   


Inherently, people want to be happy—to have joy in their life. This is why the shortcut to happiness through alcohol and drug abuse is so alluring. While this type of quick fix to happiness can, and often does, provide temporary happiness, it certainly not a pathway to sustained happiness.  The Jude Thaddeus Program™ demonstrates through an educational process that there is so much more to life than quick fixes. The program text book, The Jude Thaddeus Program has four themes that when completed in order, transforms lives.  The themes are:  

1. Empowerment. 

“There is no disease of addiction; addiction is a habit that you have chosen. Therefore, you have the power to change this habit no matter how deep-seated you may think it is.”   

2. Analyze your entire life history, through the autobiographical process. 

“Let us look together at all the counterproductive choices you have made in your life, and then, examine these patterns in minute detail.” This is completed by the end of week three and enlightens our guest as to how his (her) life became so counterproductive and in many cases destructive. This autobiography process is a means to an end. It is not meant to be dwelled upon, but rather, it is created to make it clear how choices may have slowed the maturing process and caused grief and sometimes debilitating depression.    

3. Create a comprehensive future plan built on assessed talents, positive goals and finding joy in career, as well as in family and friend relationships. 

This theme provides the gateway to a new life. It is absolutely imperative that the guest have a well constructed plan before returning home. Being prepared for the future makes the transition from the program to the individual’s life at home a pleasure rather than a source of anxiety.  

4. The Jude Thaddeus Program offers several services that customize the program to fit the student’s needs.

Continuing Education is an additional 4 weeks of education, if needed. This program, like the 6 week Jude Thaddeus Program, is custom tailored to the needs of our guest and provides for additional help in career development, social skills training, GED preparation and acquisition, job placement assistance, college preparation, along with a myriad of other services. Because our retreat houses have a maximum of twenty four guests per facility, the average ratio of guest to staff is one teacher for every three students. Individual classes are available when indicated.   

Conclusion is that maybe we can think in direction of non 12 step rehabs,  rater than classic 12 steps rehab, since as you can see believing in something that is not giving best result, just because we heart that is synonym for drug rehabilitation, so consider non 12 steps today like Jude Thaddeus is.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Drug rehab for teenagers

Whether you are a parent, grandparent or any other person who cares about a child's future, it is important that you be knowledge about how to prevent teen drug abuse. It's hard for us to imagine that a child we love could end up using drugs. But chances are, most children will be faced with, "Should I, or shouldn't I?" As parents we must teach our children to know that the answer is, "I shouldn't, and I won't."
Here are some facts about kids and drug use: Forty percent of U.S. teens say they expect to use a drug in the future. One out of every five kids in eighth grade has already tried marijuana. Use of substances such as marijuana and inhalants can result in social consequences (e.g., failing in school) and physical consequences such as reduced stamina and fitness or damage to the lungs and brain. Teens who smoke cigarettes are more likely to drink alcohol. Teens who smoke and drink are more likely to use marijuana. And those who use all three are more likely to use other illicit drugs. Long-term studies show that use of other illicit drugs among youth almost never occurs unless they have first used marijuana.
If you suspect your teen has been using drugs or drinking alcohol, it's important to act quickly: the longer your teen abuses substances, the more likely they are to become addicted. If you do find the problem is beyond your expertise, there are teen drug treatment programs that specialize in the special needs of this population.

Be especially scrutinizing as you determine the drug detox program that meets your child's specific needs. Many of these teen programs also offer boarding school academics so they can continue to earn credits while recovering from their addiction. For those who can't afford such addiction rehab programs, there is always chance to find some good free drug rehab centers or programs.

Teen drug rehab

Children with drug and alcohol addictions will "slip through the net" when the state's only residential rehabilitation program for young teenagers closes this month because of a lack of funds.
The state-appointed child safety commissioner has called on the Government to help save the program, in Melbourne's east, after donations dried up amid the global financial crisis and outpouring of aid to bushfire victims, or in other words no more free drug rehabs for teenagers.

Commissioner Bernie Geary, who advises the Government on the safety and wellbeing of children, said that unless the Government responded to the need of the Tandana Place program for 12 to 20-year-olds, vulnerable young people would "slip through the net". "They are the young people we find in prisons and abject and long-term homelessness," he said. "It has a ripple effect, it affects broader families. The community needs places like Tandana and it's in all our interests that it continues.
"The Government needs to be responding. It needs to have a look at what they (Tandana) are doing and understand they fill a niche that would otherwise not be filled."
Children as young as 13, many of them in state care, have sought help for addiction and mental health issues through the eight-to-16-week program, run by Waverley Emergency Adolescent Care.

The program has been a place of refuge for more than 220 young Victorians over the past decade, about half of whom first tasted alcohol or drugs at 12 or 13.
Program chief executive Maureen Buck said the post-detox residential facility, at Mount Waverley, would be forced to close on June 30, after the Government declined to fill a $100,000 shortfall in donations.

"Donations from January to now are something like $23,000, whereas this time last year we were close to our budget of $200,000," she said. "The State Government has to be really mindful of the duty of care, of what they're doing to the younger-age kids who for whatever reason are substance abusing — whether it's family breakdown, physical abuse or sexual abuse."

Ms Buck said 28 teens aged between 13 and 15 were among those who had received family therapy and meditation, job education and training, and harm minimisation strategies.
"What's going to happen to these kids? We've got about seven referrals sitting there waiting to come into the program and we've had to tell them we're shutting the doors. Some of these kids have started using alcohol when they're five or six. It's pretty devastating."
Separate foster care services would not be affected, she said.
The Department of Human Services provides about $87,000 a year to Tandana for referrals through the juvenile justice system. But it won't give the extra money to keep the program afloat. DHS spokesman Paul Heinrichs said: "The Government takes the view that this service can be provided and is being provided elsewhere."
After being contacted by The Sunday Age on Friday, the department sought a transfer for a current Tandana resident to Birribi, a residential rehabilitation program for older teens run by the Youth Substance Abuse Service.

The program, which caters for up to 15 young people at a time, is pitched at 16 to 20-year-olds.

"The view of the department is that there is a fairly low demand for this age group (12 to 16) in residential rehab and what demand there is can be met elsewhere in services that are underutilised," Mr Heinrichs said.
But Youth Substance Abuse Service executive director David Murray said young people could expect to wait between four and six weeks to enter Birribi. Closure of Tandana would increase pressure on the system, he said.

As you can see, those data about young drug addicts are not optimistic at all.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Paid and free drug rehab centers in US (list)

Choosing of a drug rehab is one of the most significant decisions to make for you or for your loved one. Drug addiction treatments are multi-phased with both short and long term procedures. Generally most of the addicts believe themselves that they can overcome their addictions on their own without the help of outside resources. Unluckily, when the addict makes an effort at drug detoxification without the assistance of professionals the results doesn’t last long.

Drug rehabs centers believe to present the best information about drug rehabs and meet your particular treatment needs which make your life free from substance abuse. The drug rehabs information given in the site doesn’t use any drugs during their treatment.
In order to receive professional assistance in any of the drug rehab centers, we need to get clear answers for all our queries. Drug and alcohol addiction treatment needs experienced specialists guidance to come out of the addictions. There are various drug rehabs which offer specialized treatment such as outpatient and inpatient counseling services. Addiction treatment centers concentrate to provide mental health and behavioral treatment in their program because these methods help drug and alcohol addicts to change their way of thinking.

People should spend some time while choosing a drug rehabilitation center has experienced staff and offer licensed residential treatment services. Find out detailed information on the success rate of the rehabs, and where is it located. These questions seem to be irrelevant but they are very important for a successful drug rehab program.

Also, there are few effective free drug rehab programs which are hundred percent results oriented. We suggest consulting a specialist to find out the best and suitable free drug rehab center for you and your loved one.

List of free and paid rehabs in US 

Here are most detailed list from that I find where are listed almost all profit and non-profit drug recovering and addiction centers in us:

Alabama Treatment Centers (90)Montana Treatment Centers (30)Alaska Treatment Centers (51)Nebraska Treatment Centers (87)Arizona Treatment Centers (136)Nevada Treatment Centers (58)Arkansas Treatment Centers (41)New Hampshire Treatment (42)California Rehab Centers (1508)New Jersey Treatment (284)Colorado Treatment Centers (348)New Mexico Treatment (56)Connecticut Treatment (149)New York Treatment (715)Delaware Treatment Centers (39)North Carolina Treatment (244)District of Columbia (4)North Dakota Treatment (43)Florida Treatment Centers (410)Ohio Treatment Centers (380)Georgia Treatment Centers (178)Oklahoma Treatment Centers (121)Hawaii Treatment Centers (72)Oregon Treatment Centers (191)Idaho Treatment Centers (65)Rhode Island Treatment (51)Illinois Treatment Centers (532)South Carolina Treatment (89)Indiana Treatment Centers (297)Pennsylvania Treatment (385)Iowa Treatment Centers (89)South Dakota Treatment (40)Kansas Treatment Centers (194)Tennessee Treatment Centers (150)Kentucky Treatment Centers (299)Texas Treatment Centers (472)Louisiana Treatment Centers (131)Vermont Treatment Centers (29)Maine Treatment Centers (190)Virginia Treatment Centers (116)Michigan Treatment Centers (512)Utah Treatment Centers (106)Maryland Treatment Centers (311)Washington Treatment (289)Minnesota Treatment Centers (225)West Virginia Treatment (69)Massachusetts Treatment (224)Wisconsin Treatment Centers (213)Mississippi Treatment (86)Wyoming Treatment Centers (40)Missouri Treatment Centers (174)


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