Author: Justin Mckibben
Using needles to heal addicts is nothing new. Those who practice and promote holistic healing are often familiar with the concept. In recovery, the needle can mean something totally different than what it meant in addiction. For some it opens up a new world of medical treatment they never knew was possible. Acupuncture itself is actually much more powerful than some may realize, and a recent study only magnifies the usefulness of going under the needle for chronic pain and mental health.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Journals Library now features a report where the researchers show there is significant evidence to demonstrate that acupuncture provides more than a placebo effect.
To clarify, a placebo is a substance or treatment with no active therapeutic effect. These kinds of treatment may be given to a person in order to trick the recipient into thinking that it is an active treatment, meaning the answer is all in the mind.
This new data suggests there is an active therapeutic element to acupuncture.
Clinic Trials: Acupuncture VS Pain
Professor of Acupuncture Research, Hugh MacPherson, helped bring together this research with a team of scientists from the UK and US. The data is strung together using the results of 29 high-quality clinical trials. These trials specifically reviewed patients treated with acupuncture, alongside standard medical care.
For most of the clinical trials, patients with chronic pain treated with acupuncture and standard medical care were tested against those who were provided with standard medical care alone. The standard medical care includes treatment such as:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
Those examined were approximately 18,000 patients diagnosed with chronic pain of areas such as:
- Lower back
According to the published reports, the addition of acupuncture to complement standard medical treatment has a few powerful effects. Acupuncture was able to:
- Significantly reduce the number of headaches and migraine attacks
- Reduce the severity of neck and lower back pain
- Reduce the pain and disability of osteoarthritis, which led to patients being less reliant on anti-inflammatory drugs
Clinic Trials: Acupuncture VS Depression
The teams report also includes a new clinical trial for the impact on depression. During these trials acupuncture or counselling was compared to the effectiveness of antidepressants and related medications.
Researchers sourced from 755 patients with depression in the North of England. The new study shows that both acupuncture and counselling significantly reduced the severity of depression. Not only did they reduce the severity, but the benefits were generally continuous for up to 12 months after the initial treatment. So the long-term implications alone are pretty exciting to see.
Professor MacPherson, from the University of York’s Department of Health Sciences, has said:
“The front-line treatment for depression in primary care usually involves antidepressants; however, they do not work well for more than half of patients.
“In the largest study of its kind, we have now provided a solid evidence base to show that not only can acupuncture and counselling bring patients out of an episode of depression, but it can keep the condition at bay for up to a year on average.”
Professor MacPherson believes that because patients and health professionals can now make decisions on using acupuncture for treatment with more confidence, this new data provides a significant step forward in managing and treating chronic pain and depression.
Clinic Trials: True Acupuncture VS Sham Acupuncture
As stated in the beginning, many believed acupuncture’s benefits to be at least partially associated with placebo effects. With this doubt hanging over it, the uncertainty of it’s clinical effectiveness has stunted its growth.
Professor MacPherson says that this new research provides definitive evidence that acupuncture can work to treat chronic pain; that in doing so the reductions in pain are substantially more than those measured from what is called “sham acupuncture.”
Sham acupuncture is only for clinical trials for research purposes. This “sham” method involves inserting needles at the ‘wrong’ locations, or using non-inserted needles (fake needles) at the correct locations. Having data to attest that ‘true’ acupuncture has significantly more effect in reducing pain than ‘sham’ acupuncture offers evidence that it is not simply a placebo effect.
This research also asserts that this kind of treatment is cost effective. With the value for money being rated as less than the threshold of £20,000 cost per quality of life year; a metric for measuring cost-effectiveness used by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). MacPherson went on to state:
“There has been a question mark for many years over whether policy and decision makers should or should not provide wider access to acupuncture. Our aim was to bring together data from high quality clinical trials and provide a robust evidence base that will help reduce this uncertainty and support commissioners and health professionals in making informed decisions backed up with research.”
Professor MacPherson insists that not only is it more cost effective than medications, but acupuncture reduces pain levels and improves mood levels, which could reduce over reliance on drugs that can sometimes result in unwanted side effects, such as physical dependence or abuse.
In the world of addiction, pain and depression are often simultaneous with substance use disorder. Many people who battle with addiction also fight to overcome depression, and countless people have become addicted to opioids as a result of prolonged dependence on prescription pain medications. As we move toward more innovations in prevention and intervention, innovations in treatment are more important than ever.
For years Palm Partners has believed in the healing power of acupuncture and offered the opportunity for people struggling with substances to have access to this powerful resource on their path to recovery. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free now!
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By Cheryl Steinberg
With all the recent reports of rape and sexual assault on college campuses, it’s become clear that it’s an issue that’s been ignored for far too long and it’s not going away. Not on its own, at least.
That’s why a new plan is in development that would be brought to college campuses. It’s a proactive, progressive approach to prevent sexual assaults on campus.
A New York-based health and wellness company is working to help change that. National Health Promotion Associates (NHPA) has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop and evaluate an effective approach to preventing sexual violence.
The stark and disturbing truth is that as many as one in five college students experiences sexual assault during their college career. This is not something that can be ignored.
As it stands now, many colleges and universities have their own, private system when it comes to penalizing their students, ranging from academic infractions like plagiarism and cheating all the way up to actual criminal acts, specifically crimes involving sexual assault. That means that these cases don’t often get reported to the actual authorities; instead, the school’s administration decides the punishment, if any. In some cases of on-campus sexual assault, the perpetrator received only a slap on the wrist, still having the opportunity to graduate and walk in the ceremony.
College Campuses Use Holistic Approach to Prevent Sexual Assault
NHPA’s new program is designed for incoming college students and is based on the science of the Botvin Life Skills Training (LST) program. In more than 30 different studies and tests, which were peer-reviewed, LST has proven to radically cut down teen alcohol and drug abuse as well as violence, in some cases by as much as by 80%.
The research shows that the LST program produces reduced alcohol use, illicit drug use, and violence regardless of the population, provider, and delivery method. Furthermore, the studies show that these positive effects are long-lasting; lasting prevention effects carried over well into young adulthood.
The new sexual violence prevention program will take a holistic approach. Students will learn important life skills for handling the challenges of everyday college life, enhancing the development of general personal and social competence, and increasing overall resilience.
“We are excited about receiving this funding from NIH, and look forward to this opportunity to develop and test an innovative program that will stop sexual violence before it ever begins,” said Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, developer of the LifeSkills Training program, professor emeritus of Cornell University’s Weill Medical College, and president of NHPA. “Since sexual violence often occurs while people are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it is important that prevention programs focus on alcohol and drug abuse as well as sexual violence.”
Dr. Kenneth Griffin, Senior Research Scientist at NHPA and director of the team developing the new program, added that “this new program will use a series of interactive web-based and face-to-face learning activities to change social norms surrounding alcohol/drug abuse and sexual violence, train bystanders to recognize and respond to high-risk situations, and help college students develop the kind of skills that lead to healthy relationships.”
If you or someone you love is struggling with substance use, dependence, abuse, misuse, or addiction please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135 to speak with an Addiction Specialist today. Palm Partners specializes in treating alcohol and other drug addiction, substance dependence, as well as treats the underlying causes of drug abuse. We also offer Rapid Trauma Resolution as well as a number of holistic treatments as a way of beginning the healing and recovery process.
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Having a loved one who is struggling with substance abuse or addiction is never easy, especially if it is your son or daughter. Finding drug treatment for your child can be a very troubling and difficult process, but if your child has chosen to take the necessary steps in order to get the help they need to change and improve their health and life-style, then it may have eased your mind of the fear you feel while they are actively using.
When seeking drug treatment for your child, or even after finding drug treatment for your child you may be faced with several other dilemmas or questions. How do you help them prepare for the transition? How do you keep the relationship healthy with appropriate boundaries? What programs are available in drug treatment for your child that help them find the support while they undergo treatment? I know from personal experience the fear and concern my own family faced when I left to go to drug treatment.
Drug Treatment for Your Child: Packing Appropriately
Leaving home can be a confusing and anxious aspect of drug treatment for your child; even just trying to make sure you’re packed and prepared for the journey to recovery. Different programs designed for drug treatment for your child will offer different environments and climates. Most treatment centers will assist in facilitating necessities, but here is a summary of items you may need to include in your provisions.
Drug treatment for your child will sometimes take place at a facility that provides some of the essentials for hygiene, but it’s always smart to think ahead. Make sure your son or daughter decides what they may require that might not be included, and brings it along.
In drug treatment for your child the process of physical detoxification can be uncomfortable at times, be sure to pack clothes that will keep your loved one as comfortable as possible.
Also, depending on what part of the country you find a center for drug treatment for your child in, you may want to consider packing clothing fit for inclement weather.
It can be very constructive to keep the mind sharp and busy in drug treatment for your child. Also it can be a huge stress reliever to have a positive emotional outlet. Encourage your child to pack something to help them stay productive mentally.
Drug treatment for your child may seem a little boring in between therapy groups, holistic healing exercises or other classes, so they may want to just have another means of entertaining themselves.
Drug Treatment for Your Child: Appropriate Boundaries
Drug treatment for your child is an important part of helping them grow up and become independent. It is vital we keep in mind not to enable behavior or attitudes that would counter-productive to that process. When a loved one agrees to go to rehab, make sure to avoid some actions and properly handle others, such as:
- Over-financing their recovery– sometimes a loved one will need additional assistance while undergoing treatment, but be sure not to enable them, remember that most necessities will already be taken care of.
- Be supportive not critical– Drug treatment for your child can be hard, and they still need the love and support of family and friends. You should stand by them and give positive reinforcement instead of being harsh and critical.
- Do not co-sign bad behavior– if your child is in treatment this does not mean to encourage or tolerate their actions when they negatively act out against the guide-lines of their treatment plan or decide to reject the recovery process.
Drug Treatment for Your Child: Family Programs
Sometimes drug treatment for your child will offer an opportunity for families to experience some of the treatment plan and visit the residential or inpatient locations to participate in therapy or work-shops. Most family programs are designed to include events pertaining to building the support system at home, and helping parents understand the symptoms and effects of substance abuse or addiction on their children. Ask about possible family programs during drug treatment for your child so you can learn more about how to help in the recovery process and how to maintain healthy a relationship with the person in your life who is struggling.
Other programs have their own literature and steps to helping a family member or friend with recovering from the effects of a loved one’s addiction or substance abuse. Here you can also learn to maintain the healthiest relationship possible with the son or daughter you love so much.
Rehab is just the beginning to your loved ones victory of their vices, and to be the most effective support you can you should be sure to have your own support and knowledge of the possible complications and solutions out there. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.
Cognitive behavioral therapy in drug treatment is the most common type of therapy in drug rehab; it can be used in group therapy and individual therapy.Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), when used in drug treatment, is based on the idea that feelings and behaviors are caused by a person’s thoughts, not on outside circumstances and events.
People are not always able to change their circumstances but, CBT says, they can change their thoughts thus changing how they feel and behave. As for drug addicts, this therapeutic approach brings awareness the way they behaved and felt when using drugs and alcohol. With cognitive behavioral therapy in drug treatment, they can change these destructive behaviors and develop new, healthy ones.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Drug Treatment: What is CBT?
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) refers to behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, and therapy based upon a combination of basic behavioral and cognitive principles. It is a “structured, short-term, present-oriented psychotherapy for depression, directed toward solving current problems and modifying dysfunctional (inaccurate and/or unhelpful) thinking and behavior.”
CBT has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of conditions, including mood, personality, eating, substance abuse, and psychotic disorders. Evidence-based treatment, where specific treatments for symptom-based diagnoses are recommended, has favored CBT over other approaches such as psychodynamic treatments.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Drug Treatment: Mood Disorders
It’s quite common for people who struggle with substance use disorders, such as addiction, to also be suffering with mental illness, such as a mood disorder (i.e. depression, anxiety). Therefore, the most successful programs offer dual diagnosis treatment. Dual diagnosis treatment approaches treating the client for both of their conditions simultaneously for the best treatment outcomes.
Because CBT is useful in treating clients when it comes to addiction as well as those with mood disorder, cognitive behavioral therapy in drug treatment for those with a dual diagnosis is a valid, beneficial and therefore often-used approach.
Most therapists working with patients dealing with anxiety and depression use a blend of cognitive and behavioral therapy. This technique acknowledges that there may be behaviors that cannot be controlled through rational thought, but rather emerge based on prior conditioning from the environment and other external and/or internal stimuli.
Mainstream cognitive behavioral therapy assumes that changing maladaptive thinking leads to change in affect and behavior as well as emphasizes changes in the client’s relationship to maladaptive thinking rather than changes in thinking itself. Therapists use CBT techniques to help clients challenge their patterns and beliefs and replace what they call “errors in thinking such as overgeneralizing, magnifying negatives, minimizing positives and catastrophizing” with “more realistic and effective thoughts, thus decreasing emotional distress and self-defeating behavior.”
Modern Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Drug Treatment
Modern forms of CBT include a number of diverse but related techniques such as exposure therapy, stress inoculation training, cognitive processing therapy, cognitive therapy, relaxation training, dialectical behavior therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. Some practitioners promote a form of mindful cognitive therapy which includes a greater emphasis on self-awareness as part of the therapeutic process.
Cognitive behavioral therapy in drug treatment has six phases:
- Assessment or psychological assessment;
- Skills acquisition;
- Skills consolidation and application training;
- Generalization and maintenance;
- Post-treatment assessment follow-up.
CBT is “problem focused,” meaning that it is used to address specific problems as well as “action oriented” – the CBT therapist assists the client in creating specific strategies in order to address the identified problems.
If you are struggling with a psychological disorder and/or substance use disorder, CBT and dual diagnosis treatment can get you on the path to health and recovery. At Palm Partners, we employ CBT methods as well as several other approaches to treatment, including holistic methods, in order to help our clients reach successful outcomes of their cognitive behavioral therapy in drug treatment program. Please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135 to speak with one of our knowledgeable and compassionate Addiction Specialists; we are available 24/7.
What is Holistic Drug and Alcohol Treatment in South Florida?
Holistic is a term that means “whole” and “complete.” Therefore, when considering getting help for substance abuse, the approach of holistic drug and alcohol treatment in South Florida involves methods that are specific with addressing the mind, body, and spirit together and individually in the healing process of those seeking help.
Holistic drug and alcohol treatment in South Florida differs from traditional methods of addiction treatment that tend to only treat certain aspects of the client and their disease of addiction. The staff involved in holistic drug and alcohol treatment in South Florida programs understands the complex nature of addiction, and the concept that it is a three-part disease:
- A physical allergy
- A mental obsession
- A spiritual malady
There is plenty of research that has found that substance abuse interventions that incorporate spiritual approaches, such as meditation, provide benefit to healing and recovery through reshaping both psychological and psychosocial factors.
Holistic Drug and Alcohol Treatment: What’s the difference?
The mind, body and spirit are so closely interlinked that holistic drug and alcohol treatment in South Florida centers put an emphasis on using holistic therapy to aid in the road to recovery from drugs and alcohol, and to assist individuals in successfully developing the coping skills for the transition to everyday life.
Holistic drug and alcohol treatment in South Florida programs implement therapies such as yoga, massage therapy and acupuncture to compliment the basics of clinical drug and alcohol treatments.
Yoga– Yoga can improve the mind, body and soul through exercise, breathing and meditation techniques used during each session
Massage therapy- Massage therapy can improve the mind, body and soul through relaxation, stress relief and the healing of muscles.
Acupuncture- Acupuncture uses the manipulation of needles to improve the mind, body and soul and treatment experience by helping to reduce stress, pain, cause relaxation and calmness.
These are some of the most effective examples of out-of-the-box methods that you will find at a holistic drug and alcohol treatment in South Florida facility. In addition to the typical treatment protocols such as individual and peer group counseling, 12 Step meetings, and relapse prevention classes that you may find in other rehab programs.
Other examples of holistic healing strategies include:
- Natural diet and herbal remedies
- Nutritional supplements
- Psycho-spiritual counseling
- Breathing exercises
Holistic Drug and Alcohol Treatment: Detox Process
As always with addiction or alcoholism there is a period where the body experiences feelings of physical and mental discomfort commonly referred to as withdrawal. Withdrawals are not always the same for every substance, but in a holistic drug and alcohol treatment in South Florida center an experienced and educated medical staff will be present to provide safe and personalized medical care to make this period as comfortable as possible.
During the detox stage of treatment modern medicines are absolutely essential to holistic drug and alcohol treatment in South Florida centers to help people with their physical withdrawal, which in some extreme cases could be fatal if not handled and monitored properly. Holistic Drug and Alcohol Treatment in South Florida facilities offer non-narcotic medications which could also be a major help to those suffering from diseases such as depression, bi polar, or anxiety. This helps the body and mind to function smoother and more clearly during the earliest stages of recovery.
It is also during this initial intake and assessment period that the staff can help you to outline your recovery plan by introducing you to some of the different forms of treatment that will be available to you during inpatient holistic drug and alcohol treatment.
Why should I go to a holistic treatment program?
The most important part of a holistic drug rehab center is to see how they use these practices in conjunction with their medical treatment for drug and alcohol recovery. Most addicts and alcoholics wanting help from a drug treatment center can see exactly how these kind of holistic practices are beneficial for them before they participate.
Holistic drug and alcohol treatment in South Florida will talk a lot about finding the meaning to life again, living life to the fullest, creating a positive change, and emphasize this. One of the biggest hurdles for many addicts and alcoholics trying to recover is the transition back into every-day life.
In the end a program that offers holistic drug and alcohol treatment in South Florida is so beneficial because of the simple fact that holistic healing is not just about the clinical side of rehab. Holistic drug and alcohol treatment in South Florida believes in the idea that in order to put an individual in the best possible position for success, they should address the disease of addiction at all sides, and be exposed to a variety of spiritual, emotional, and physical exercises and strategies that can be used to overcome during the tough times that may come after treatment.
Overcoming addiction means more than just putting down the drink or the drug, and holistic drug and alcohol treatment in South Florida is so powerful because it acknowledges the importance of every aspect of a healthy and happy life. Palm Partners prides itself in being one of the top holistic drug and alcohol treatment in South Florida, and we strive to be part of what makes recovering addicts and alcoholics whole again. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.