Addiction Treatment

The Importance of Treating Co-occurring Disorders

The Importance of Outpatient Care after Residential Treatment

The usual course after an inpatient medical detox is to attend a residential or partial hospitalization program with a sober living component. Better programs will offer aftercare planning for when a patient completes the program and leaves the facility. An aftercare plan typically includes a number of components. 12-step or alternative fellowship meetings, medication management, and outpatient treatment are usually included.

Why Are Opiates So Addictive?

Why Are Opiates So Addictive?

Opiates are notorious for their addictive qualities and the impact they have on people who become dependent on them. Opium and its derivatives have been a part of human history for more than 3000 years. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, it wasn’t until 1806 that the active ingredient in opium was first isolated. It was named morphine, after the ancient Greek god of sleep and dreams. (1) That marked the beginning of humanity’s complex pharmacological relationship with opioid compounds.

Why Are Opiates So Addictive?

What Is the Addiction Severity Index?

The Addiction Severity Index (ASI) is an assessment used by clinicians or researchers to evaluate a person’s need for substance abuse treatment. ASI is an instrument that guides treatment planning, and a semi-structured interview process that also assesses the history, intensity, and consequences of substance abuse.