David Cox is an IOP counselor with the Concerted Care Group in Baltimore, Maryland. He specializes in outpatient addiction and was motivated to be a counselor because of his own experiences. David was tired of being a negative and destructive force in his community, so when his life changed, he was able to counsel others who have substance abuse issues.
There are many ways to treat substance abuse.
In fact, there are probably as many different treatments as there are substances. Some substance abuse treatments are successful and have stood the test of time. Many others are trendy and controversial and have not withstood research and testing.
And while the success of any substance abuse treatment truly depends on the patient receiving it, the elements of the treatment and the treatment center doing it are also crucial. It is, ultimately, a team effort.
Ms. Alfreda Patterson is a Substance Abuse Counselor at the Concerted Care Group in Baltimore, Maryland.
She began working at CCG in 2015. Her personal experiences and deep desires to assist people motivated her to become a counselor. Especially, people who have substance abuse disorders.
There is nothing positive about heroin.
It can be fatal.
It’s a word tossed around a lot these days. So much, in fact, that it may have lost its meaning.
Seems like everyone has an “addiction” to something. Alcohol, tobacco, drugs, sex and gambling are the vices that everyone accepted as addictions. They even have groups dedicated to helping them overcome their addiction and havelife”.
Today the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will take a step in a positive direction to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic. The HHS will announce a regulation to permit doctors to treat more patients with buprenorphine. The medication, which has been approved by the FDA for nearly 15 years, is the only drug whose prescription by a physician is limited by congress. The Baltimore City Health Commissioner, Dr. Leana Wen, applauded the HHS stating: “I commend HHS for making a decision based on science, not stigma.” Dr Wen explains, “When prescribed properly, medication does not create a new addiction, but rather manages a patient’s disease so that they can successfully achieve recovery.”