HomeAuthorKreed Kleinkopf, Author at Struggling With Addiction

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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse “Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences. The initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, but repeated drug use can lead to brain changes that challenge an addicted persons self-control and interfere with their ability to resist intense urges to take drugs.” Even with the stigma surrounding addiction, nearly 21...

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While there are a great many resources to help and aid you in your recovery journey, the ultimate decision rests with you. A Scientific American article points out the following: “But some in the field point out that many if not most addicts successfully recover without professional help. A survey by Gene Heyman, a research psychologist at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts, found that between 60 to 80 percent of people who were addicted in their...

You may be wondering what a typical day in a drug rehab program looks like. Today we’re going to detail every aspect of a drug rehab program, from the minute you arrive to the minute you leave, we’ll cover it all! One of the biggest reasons people struggle with addiction is a lack of support. Many people are too embarrassed to admit they have a problem, or simply don’t know who to turn to for...

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Confidentiality has always been a key component of rehabilitative services.  The HIPAA law (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, signed by Bill Clinton in 1996), guarantees medical privacy, even for minors in many cases.  But does it apply to rehabilitation for minors?  Can a minor receive substance abuse rehabilitation without their parents finding out?   The short answer?  Maybe.  By HIPAA, minors are allowed to make their own informed consent decisions about health care without...

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This the third installment of our ongoing look into the drug rehabilitation industry in the United States and the continued use of body-brokering through “drug rehab recruiters”. You can read part 1 here: Drug Rehab Recruiters: How the Drug Rehab Industry Still Participates in Body Brokering.  And Part 2 here: Are Drug Rehab Recruiters Exploiting a Body-Brokering Loophole?  The addiction treatment industry traps young people into a cycle of relapse and rehab, because, profits, smh…...

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As we outlined in part 1 of this series, body brokering has been made illegal at the Federal level with the passage of the 2018 SUPPORT act. However, this bill contains an unfortunate loophole. This allows drug rehab centers to continue to use body brokering to recruit new patients into their facilities. Drug rehabilitation facilities have found a loophole to keep using patient brokers: just start calling them “recruiters.” The 2018 SUPPORT for Patients and...

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In case you’ve been living under a rock, or are one of the lucky FEW people in the United States who hasn’t been impacted by the opioid epidemic, or drug overdose crisis in some way, you may not have come across the term “body-brokering” before. Body brokering, by large part has been used to keep the addiction treatment industry afloat. Many drug rehabilitation centers still use body brokers, or “drug rehab recruiters” to fill their...

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A relapse into abusing drugs and alcohol is a very normal part of most people’s recovery from thier substance use disorder. If you have completed a successful addiction treatment program, experienced a period of sobriety and then fell into a full-blown relapse, please be aware that you are not alone. Experiencing a relapse is not uncommon. Most psychiatric doctors and other professionals in the field of addiction treatment will tell you that relapsing is a...