TAP/TARP

Getting a family member into rehab

The decision to send a family member or loved one to rehab for drug or alcohol addiction is never an easy one. The family may have many fears and concerns about rehab itself, about the process of finding a rehab and about getting the person into treatment. Both TAP and TARP have trained professionals in substance abuse assessment and referral who can assist by providing information about the types of substance abuse treatment available, the cost of treatment,

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Changes in alcohol and drug abuse treatment

TAP and TARP have noticed significant changes in the needs of our alcohol and drug abuse clients in recent months. A number of factors seem to have led to changes in how and why patients seek our services, their presenting problems, the treatments and follow-up services that best serve their needs.

The increase in opioid use, legalization of marijuana, insurance for 18-25 year old dependents, workplace drug testing, DUI laws, and the lowest unemployment rates in recent history –providing jobs to many who previously were unable to find work–have changed the number and nature of those seeking assistance through TAP and TARP.

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The stages of relapse and what to do about it

Alcoholism and drug addiction is a chronic condition, much like heart disease or the condition of diabetes. This means that there is no cure for the disease, but it instead is managed or kept in a state of remission. When a person who suffers from alcoholism or drug addiction is sober or not using mood-altering chemicals, they are considered to be in “Recovery.”

It usually requires professional treatment for people to recover from chemical dependency,

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Beware Predatory Drug, Alcohol Treatment Brokers

The U.S. Congress and many state legislatures have begun to address a national problem by considering legislation to stop unethical alcohol and drug treatment programs from preying on vulnerable individuals and families seeking treatment.

In December, 2017, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations began hearing testimony about predatory practices by substance abuse treatment programs. In 2018, New York passed a measure that makes it a crime to offer or to accept any payment from an individual or entity that provides substance abuse treatment services in exchange for patient referrals and admissions.

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The importance of Aftercare

Alcohol and drug addiction is a complex, demanding and frustrating chronic condition, but effective treatment can help to improve the lives of people who struggle with it. Addiction treatment is not a process that ends after an initial treatment program. Taking steps to live an alcohol- and drug-free lifestyle is a long-term commitment. The process can include a wide variety of treatment options and supports. As part of the continuum of care, the Aftercare component is a vital part of overall long-term recovery.

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