Meth addiction is very serious. This widely abused drug is dangerous to users and to creators. Meth labs are known to explode in an instant, and the deadly fumes carry can harm those near by. The drug is usually made in a makeshift lab, by “chemists” who are no more than ordinary drug pushers. You…


Finding help for eating disorders is different from finding help for any other addiction. This is because other substance abuses can be stopped cold turkey. If you go through alcohol withdrawal–or any withdrawal–you may become very sick. You may wish you were dead. But if you go through food withdrawal, you’ll die for real. There…


General Issues in Cross-Cultural Treatment Our culture guides how we act and think as well as how we come to understand who we are and how we fit into the world. Cultural norms are rules of conduct that are internalized by the members of the group and embody the fundamental expectations of the group. Cultural…


Recommendations The following are some recommendations for improving substance abuse treatment for LGBT clients. 1. Improve knowledge among staff members about the laws affecting LGBT individuals with substance abuse histories. These include: a. Federal and State antidiscrimination laws protecting individuals with disabilities that apply to alcoholics and individuals with histories of drug abuse b. Federal…


Recovery Issues for Lesbians and Gay Men People who have been using alcohol and drugs for many years may have anxiety and confusion about who they are and how to make sense of the experiences and feelings they encountered during their active addictions. Counselors need to help people in recovery begin to address the task…


Clinical Issues With Transgender Individuals Transgender is an umbrella term that encompasses a variety of people including transsexuals, cross dressers, and drag kings and queens, as well as bigender andandrogynous individuals Tewksbury & Gagne, 1996). Transgender, as a term, came into common usage during the 1980s. Previously, people with mixed gender and sexual characteristics were…


Shopping for Alcohol and Drug Treatment Facilities? OK, the time has come for you to get your life back.  You’ve spend way too much time letting your addiction to drugs or alcohol ruin you life.  It’s never too late to get on the right track.  There are some things you need to know as you…


Information on Prescription Drug Addiction Programs If you need help finding prescription drug addiction programs, there is plenty of help available if you know the right places to look.  Consider using the Internet as a valuable source.  If you’re getting your drugs from the street and not from a physician, you may not have a…


Options for Drug Rehab in California If you’re looking for help with drug rehab in California, you have a great many options to choose from. In addition to traditional 12-step programs, California treatment centers offer specializations in holistic and synergistic treatments, dual addictions, medicated detox and more. High-profile clients can find the privacy they need…


Do You Need Drug Rehab in the Bay Area? Alice went down the rabbit hole long ago. The days when cheerfully stoned hippies lined the streets of San Francisco have given way to heroin addicts nodding out in back alleys and crack violence in Oakland. The Summer of Love is gone, and all that remains…