Substance Abuse Counseling Training Article on Contingency Management

Behavioral rewards to change bad behavior is a common concept.  Parents reward children to do chores or do good things to reinforce the good behavior with reward.  Contingency Management in addiction looks at the same principle.  In some cases, with stimulants and meth, it has been successful, with others, such as opioids it has not had as much success.  Sometimes, rewards have been misused if they have monetary value.  Still despite this, when combined with other therapies, it can prove useful.

Contingency Management rewards good behavior during addiction. Please also review AIHCP’s Substance Abuse Counseling Training Program

 

The article, “This Addiction Treatment Works. Why Is It So Underused?” by Abby Goodnough looks at this way of rewarding.  She states,

“The treatment is called contingency management, because the rewards are contingent on staying abstinent. A number of clinical trials have found it highly effective in getting people addicted to stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine to stay in treatment and to stop using the drugs. But outside the research arena and the Department of Veterans Affairs, where Mr. Kelty is a patient, it is nearly impossible to find programs that offer such treatment — even as overdose deaths involving meth, in particular, have soared.”

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Substance Abuse Counseling Training Program Article on Causes of Addiction

Did you ever wonder why one person can drink and even binge drink during their college years and never emerge addicted , while another person may become addicted to alcohol his or her whole life?  It is a multi faceted issue that does not have just one answer but multiple issues that can come together and form the scary picture of addiction.

Many factors can lead one to addiction. Please also review AIHCP’s Substance Abuse Counseling Training Program and see if it matches your professional and academic requirements

 

The article, “Why do some people become addicted to drugs while others do not?”  by Pam Rush takes a closer look at the biological, personal, and environmental issues that can lead to addiction. She states,

“No single factor can predict whether a person will become addicted to drugs. A combination of genetic, environmental, and developmental factors influences risk for addiction. The more risk factors a person has, the greater the chance that taking drugs can lead to addiction. Environmental, genetic, and developmental factors may include:”

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Please also review AIHCP’s Substance Abuse Counseling Training Program to see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and open to qualified professionals seeking certification in Substance Abuse and Addiction counseling.

 

Substance Abuse Counseling Training Article on Telemedicine and Addiction Help

Telemedicine is becoming more prominent and will be here to stay since the pandemic.  It is being applied to reach the sick as well those in emotional need.  Substance abuse and addiction are also big uses of telemedicine.  Unfortunately, the technology is still ahead of many regulations.  Patients need help not red tape preventing healthcare providers the ability to help the addicted.

Those suffering from addiction are benefiting from telemedicine during the pandemic. Please also review AIHCP’s Substance Abuse Counseling Training Program

 

The article, “Telemedicine and addiction recovery: A new way forward?” by Mary Tolan looks at the importance of telemedicine in helping individuals who face addiction and how to make it more efficient.  She states,

“Will the future of addiction recovery take place on video conference screens and emailed notes? Even a few months ago, treating addiction patients remotely might seem like a stretch at first listen — metaphorically, geographically, and medicinally. But now, as the Covid-19 crisis puts pressure on outpatient providers to facilitate remote care, some addiction professionals have set aside that skepticism and opened digital care channels, willing to explore any avenue that might lead their patients out of the opioid epidemic’s grip and into a healthy future. ”

Covid19 has changed the landscape of healthcare forever and modern technology will continue to play a vital role.  Now it is just a matter of the regulations and laws to catch up to the new technology.  To read the entire article, please click here

Please also review AIHCP’s Substance Abuse Counseling Training Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.

 

 

 

 

Substance Abuse Counseling Certification Article on Addiction and Self Isolation

Addiction is a powerful thing even during normal times.  Isolation and quarantine can make addiction even harder.  Lack of social support, counseling and being around other people can make one turn towards addicting things.  Instead of connection, the person returns to addiction.

Self isolation is very difficult when dealing with addiction. Please also review our Substance Abuse Counseling Program to learn how to become certified

 

The article, “Managing Addiction Recovery During Self-Isolation” from Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials takes a closer look how one can manage addiction during self-isolation.  The article states,

Managing addiction recovery can be difficult at any time but the recent coronavirus pandemic has made doing so even harder. Besides affecting in-person meetings and appointments, current quarantine rules have also put extra strain on those struggling with recovery. But that doesn’t mean any efforts are hopeless. Understanding what triggers can add stress to your situation can make dealing with current circumstances easier. And it’s also important to know how many ways you can still receive the support you need.

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Identifying triggers is a key part of managing oneself during self isolation.  Being able to ward off the feelings of need is also key.  This is easier said then done but the article above hopes to give a few ways to make it less difficult.  If you would like to become certified in Substance Abuse Counseling and would like to help others, please review AIHCP’s program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.

Addiction Counseling Training Program Article on When Is One Too Much?

It is a matter of luck for many that some may drink alcohol and never become addicted.  For many it is a matter of a genetic predisposition.  Some can simply put down a drink and never have one again without any physical symptoms.  Others while not physically addicted can become mentally addicted through habit and the ability to walk away is likened to walking away from a bad habit.  When we see individuals, physically addicted or not, drink, we still can determine if one drink is too much or not.  One does not need to be addicted to misuse a drug, but for some, when can we truly state it is an addiction?

What separates a fun night out from addictive behavior? Please also review our Addiction Counseling Training Program

 

Like a computer game, or gambling, drugs can be addictive to our behavior, beyond just the physical addiction.  One out of habit needs to drink.  Whether its always after work, or to go to a night club, if one cannot abstain from a drink, then it is a sign of some dependency, either physically, mentally, or out of bad habit. For some it takes less time, but those who face greater addictions, it can be a big issue.

Hence defining what is an addiction for one and not the other can be difficult.  Many people exist in the state of need but only need in certain situations.  This still can pose an issue, even if it is only here and there.  It is also an issue, if one is not enough.

The article, “Alcohol Use: When is it an Addiction?” from the South Florida Reporter states,

“The problem starts when we’re unable to control our urge to drink, even if it doesn’t present a threat to our social life, work, or health status. This is where we need to make a clear distinction between alcohol use, abuse, and alcoholism, which are related but not the same issues.  Alcohol abuse is a disorder when a person can’t stop drinking even if it causes problems at home or at work. Alcohol abusers are prone to drinking and driving, even if they are aware of the dangers of such behavior.”

While there are so many clear cut definitions of alcohol abuse and addiction, it is sometimes the more subtle ones that tilt between social norm and addiction.  To read the entire article, please click here

Please also review our Addiction Counseling Training Program.  The online and independent study program and help train professionals to help others face substance abuse and addictive behavior.

Substance Abuse Counseling Certification Article on Alcohol and the Family

Alcohol and addiction can destroy families.  It can drive spouses apart, lead to neglect, affairs, abuse and domestic violence.  It is important to preserve families.  Those who face addiction need to take the correct steps to protect their family from despair and brokenness. Substance abuse counseling and addiction counseling is sometimes the best way to learn how to cope with the addiction

Substance abuse can divide families. Please also review our Substance Abuse Counseling Certification

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Counselors and others who are certified in Substance Abuse Counseling can help others find the solutions they need.  Substance Abuse counselors can sometimes be certified but in most cases are licensed counselors who also earned the additional certification.  Licensed counselors with a certification can even be more of a help than those who are only certified in the field, such as pastors, or healthcare providers.

The article, “Alcoholism: A Family Disease – How Alcohol Addiction Affects Families” from WRCB TV and their Health section states,

“Alcohol use disorder (AUD), commonly called alcoholism, is often called a “family disease” because it impacts more people than just the individual with alcohol addiction. Addiction happens in all types of families, and its emotional side effects are felt by spouses, children, and other loved ones”

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Please also review AIHCP’s Substance Abuse Counseling Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional standards.

Substance Abuse Counseling Article on Addiction and Career

A big issue is the lost work hours due to addiction.  Many individuals miss work or lose their job due to addiction and drugs.  Those who do make it to work end up lagging or lowering productivity.   Some may even harm themselves because of the increase of accident.

Addiction and substance abuse can creep into every aspect of one’s life, career included. Please also review our Substance Abuse Counseling training program

 

These issues can create a dangerous or less productive work environment.  Employers deal with employees who miss work or arrive late on a consistent basis nationwide.  This leads to financial damage to both parties.   It is imperative to prevent addiction from harming one’s job or career.  Some employers offer addiction counseling services.  Others have to seek help on their own.

Others may function with addiction.  This in no way means that the addiction is not destroying the qualify of life.  High functioning addicts are damaging themselves long term even if the short term damage is not as present.

The article, “The Relationship Between Addiction and Job Problems”from Addiction Center states,

“A person suffering from a substance use disorder is not only affecting their own lives, they are impacting their family, friends, co-workers, and managers. If your drug or alcohol use is affecting your job negatively in any way and you continue to use, you may be suffering from a serious addiction”

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Addiction is a serious issue not only to job and career, but also to family, social life and health.  If addiction is destroying one’s career and job, it is critical to re-assess one’s life and find the help one needs.  Substance Abuse Counselors may be licensed professional counselors or merely trained in the area of substance abuse.  They can offer guidance and help.  If one is interested in becoming certified in Substance Abuse Counseling, then please review the program and see if it matches one’s professional and academic goals.

Substance Abuse Counseling Program Article on Teen Recovery from Opioids

Opioids are a rising problem within the United States.  Lower income families see their teens receive less help and the recovery they need to overcome the pill epidemic.  Many teens become addicted at a younger age and continue down the dangerous path of addiction to these types of drugs.

 

Teen substance abuse and lack of recovery programs that help are a big issue especially with opioids. Please also review our Substance Abuse Counseling Program

 

The article, “After opioid overdose, poor teens rarely get addiction treatment” by Lisa Rapaport looks at the struggles for teens from these families.  She states,

“Less than one third of teens and young adults who overdose on opioids receive addiction treatment afterward, and the few who do get help receive counseling instead of medication to combat substance misuse, a U.S. study suggests”

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Substance Abuse continues to be an issue. It may be an issue as old as time, but it can be curbed and it is important that teens receive the help they need to avoid addictions.  Recovery and help play key roles into keeping teens from becoming addicted or fatally over dosing.

Please also review our Substance Abuse Counseling Program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and is open to qualified professionals seeking this certification through online education.

 

 

Substance Abuse Practitioner Program Article on Recovery Program Necessities

Substance abuse counselors need to have a successful system in place for any program to help the addicted overcome substance abuse.  Most systems or plans have four components that are necessary.

Good recovery programs are necessary for individuals. Please also review our Substance Abuse Practitioner Program

 

The article, “4 KEY COMPONENTS OF A SUCCESSFUL SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER RECOVERY PROGRAM” by Jennifer Thew lists these important aspects.  She states,

‘Educating the nurses and physicians on how to utilize the Peer Recovery Specialists’ services as well as teaching them the clinical aspects of substance abuse disorder is another component of the program.”

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Helping others overcome addiction involves a good program with the necessary components to ensure success.  Substance Abuse Practitioners need to understand the best ways to help their patients and clients.  Please also review our Substance Abuse Practitioner program

 

Substance Abuse Practitioner Program Article on Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse

Domestic violence and substance abuse are usually tied together.  Substance abuse leads to emotionally abuse as well as physical abuse. It puts individuals out of control and in bad situations where abuse can occur.

Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence are closely tied together. Please also review our Substance Abuse Practitioner Program

The article, “Domestic violence escalated by substance abuse” by KRISTI R. GARABRANDT states,

“Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault are 15 times more likely to abuse alcohol and nine times more likely to abuse drugs, while abusers who use drugs and alcohol can escalate an already dangerous domestic situation into something even more dangerous.”

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Domestic violence is a big problem in America and substance abuse only fuels it.  Please also review our Substance Abuse Practitioner Program