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Cristina Utti, MA, MFA
Pregnancy Complications from Heroin Abuse - pregnant woman

Pregnancy Complications from Heroin Abuse

When a woman is pregnant, she shares everything with her baby, from what she ingests to her emotions. Using heroin during pregnancy can cause serious problems, and even be fatal for your baby. Heroin is transferred into the placenta rapidly, and the fetus gets high with the mother. Blood tests at birth have shown the...
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How does Narcan/Naloxone work to Stop an Overdose?

Naloxone, sold under the brand name Narcan, was developed by Jack Fishman and Mozes Lewenstien in 1961. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1971, and is listed on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines under the subtitle “Antidotes and other substances used in poisonings.” It is the antidote for...
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What Is Day Treatment?

Day treatment is a partial hospitalization program for those individuals with mental, emotional, and/or addictive disorders who do not require twenty-four-hour inpatient care. It is an intensive course of treatment, where the individual spends at least 8 hours during the day at the facility. The hours may be flexible, depending on the center. Day treatment...
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What Is Motivational Interviewing?

William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick wrote Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People for Change, published in 1991. It was based on experience in the treatment of problem drinkers, and was first described by Miller in 1983 in an article published in Behavioral Psychotherapy. Miller and Rollnick describe it as such: “Motivational interviewing is a directive, client-centered...
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How Long Is the Typical Outpatient Addiction Treatment Program?

There are many types of outpatient treatment, including partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, therapy and counseling, and twelve-step meetings. The length of treatment and what kind of outpatient that is needed depends on the severity of the addiction. Those with severe addictions may begin treatment in a residential facility and then be referred to outpatient as...
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Who Is the Ideal Candidate to Seek Outpatient Addiction Treatment

More than 28 million Americans are children of alcoholics, of these, nearly 11 million are under the age of 18. This number does not account for parents that are addicted to other drugs. These numbers are staggering. One may wonder why these parents do not get help. Two of the main reasons are that they...
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What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical Behavior therapy was developed in the late 1980’s by psychologist Marsha Linehan to treat borderline personality disorders. The term “dialectic” is a philosophical term which signifies the art of investigating the truth of opinions, and the inquiry into contradictions and their solutions. The theory behind Dialectical Behavior Therapy is to help people that are...
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What Is Partial Hospitalization?

The decision to get help for a substance abuse problem saves lives. Oftentimes this decision can also be put off for too long due to responsibilities one has at home. Once someone has made the commitment for recovery, they will need to choose an avenue of treatment that will work for them. Most people think...
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What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive behavior therapy was initiated by psychologists Aaron Beck and Albert Ellis in the 1960’s. it is based on the belief that behaviors and disturbed emotions are the result of inappropriate and/or irrational thinking patterns. It is modeled as such: CBT is based on the the concept of how we think, how we feel, and...
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EMDR and Addiction

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a treatment therapy used in conjunction with other behavioral therapies such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy or Cognitive Therapy for drug treatment and recovery. EMDR was brought to the attention of Dr. Shapiro in 1979. Upon being diagnosed with cancer, she began extensive research and studies on psychoneuroimmunology (the interaction...
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