Seniors With Addiction Have Special Needs
That doesn’t mean you need a program that treats senior exclusively. It does suggest that you should concentrate your efforts on programs with access to physician care beyond simple detox.
Topics: co-occurring disorders, finding the right treatment, getting help, health care, recognizing addiction, referral, seniors, signs and symptoms
Is there an “alcoholic/addictive” personality?
Suffering victim and destructive asshole, all wound up in the same person. That’s the “alcoholic/addictive” personality. But who is the “real person” underneath the disease?
Topics: barriers to recovery, defense mechanisms, emotional issues, recognizing addiction
If You’re Really Recovering, Why Do You Need AA?
Motivation springs from external as well as internal sources. Our internal desire for change is rarely enough to get us all the way through to our stated goals.
Topics: 12Step, maintaining sobriety, recovery support groups, Recovery Tools, tools for recovery
Shopping for Treatment
Current research suggests that an optimal treatment episode is in the neighborhood of three months. That doesn’t mean it must be all in residence.
Topics: family involvement, finding the right treatment, getting help, referral
Is it a ‘reason’ or an ‘excuse’?
Anybody who lives or works with an active alcoholic is likely to hear a lot of excuses, along with protests that they are not, in fact, excuses.
Topics: communication, family dysfunction, recognizing addiction, toxic relationships
What is a “Safe” Drinking Level?
Problems with alcohol are better defined in terms of the problems themselves than some arbitrary amount consumed.
Topics: alcohol, loss of control, recognizing addiction, signs and symptoms
Rehab Soundbyte: Determined Mom
Mom is determined to stop her son from taking drugs. With that kind of willpower, she’s bound to succeed…. isn’t she?
Topics: adolescent addiction, parent child conflict, Rehab Soundbytes
Is a Good Intervention Dramatic?
The technique works. But it doesn’t make for very entertaining TV, which is why they usually leave that part on the cutting room floor.
Topics: intervention, Intervention Series
Another Worry for the “Sandwich Generation”
For these and other common procedures referred to in the study, we might not even know what the doctor prescribes Mom or Dad afterward.
Topics: prescription medications, recognizing addiction, risk factors, seniors
Intervention and Publicly Funded Rehab
Explain your situation and make a request: You want your nephew’s name placed on the admissions list for a date beyond the current waiting list.
Topics: finding the right treatment, intervention, Intervention Series, negotiation, referral