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Drug to treat alcohol use disorder shows promise among drinkers with high stress

Thursday, September 29, 2016

 

NIH-funded multi-site clinical trial suggests that smokers may also benefit.

 

A new medication that targets part of the brain’s stress system may help reduce alcohol use in people with alcohol use disorder (AUD), according to a new study by researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health.

“We’re committed to developing new medications to provide effective therapy to a broader spectrum of people with AUDs.

George F. Koob, Ph.D., Director, NIAAA

“Medications have become an important tool for treating alcohol use disorders, but current medications are not effective for all people with AUDs,” noted NIAAA Director George F. Koob, Ph.D. “We’re committed to developing new medications to provide effective therapy to a broader spectrum of people with AUDs.”

As reported online in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, researchers led by Raye Litten, Ph.D., acting director of the NIAAA Division of Medications Development, conducted a randomized clinical trial of a new compound, called ABT-436, designed to block the effects of vasopressin, a neuropeptide produced in the hypothalamus of the brain. 

“Vasopressin helps to regulate the pituitary adrenal axis and other brain circuits involved in emotion,” explained Dr. Litten. “As such, it plays a role in regulating stress, anxiety, and their interaction with AUD.”

Dr. Litten, first author Megan Ryan and their NIAAA colleagues worked with NIAAA’s multi-center Clinical Investigations Group, to recruit 144 alcohol-dependent adult men and women for the 12-week study. During a 28-day baseline period, female participants consumed at least 28 drinks per week, while male participants consumed at least 35 drinks per week. Participants were then randomized to receive either placebo tablets or ones containing the ABT-436 compound. Researchers monitored participants’ alcohol consumption, as well as their mood changes and smoking habits, as these are known to co-vary with alcohol consumption.

Researchers found that participants receiving ABT-436 experienced more days of alcohol abstinence than those receiving the placebo. In particular, participants who reported high levels of stress appeared to respond better to ABT-436, in that both the frequency of their drinking and the number of heavy drinking days they experienced decreased.

“Our findings suggest that potential future studies with drugs targeting vasopressin blockade should focus on populations of people with AUD who also report high levels of stress,” said first author Ryan, a clinical project manager in the NIAAA Division of Medications Development.

Smokers may be another population that could benefit from ABT-436. In addition to its effects on alcohol consumption, study participants receiving the new compound   experienced a reduction in smoking. The researchers suspect that ABT-436 might be targeting the same areas in the brain that relate to withdrawal and stress, and, in the process, influencing both tobacco and alcohol use disorders. Additional research is needed to determine if that is the case.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, is the primary U.S. agency for conducting and supporting research on the causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment of alcohol use disorder, and alcohol problems. NIAAA also disseminates research findings to general, professional, and academic audiences. Additional alcohol research information and publications are available at www.niaaa.nih.gov.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

 

 

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Summer Sky Annual Alumni Reunion

Summer Sky Alumni Reunion
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Summer Sky Annual Alumni Reunion

31-Years of Addiction Treatment & Recovery

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

10 AM TO 2 PM

Texas Barbeque

Recovery Speakers

Special Guest:

The American Gypsy Band

Come out for live music and celebration of some great recovery  

 

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May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and Summer Sky Treatment Center wants to encourage others to be conscious of the devastating effects of Mental Illness. More people need treatment for mental illnesses. The first step to seeking help is acknowledging that a problem exists and then getting enough courage up to ask someone for help.

So where do you seek help for mental health related problems? One of the best places to begin is to contact a local therapist to set up an appointment to discuss what is going on with you. Therapists are trained to do assessments to help you figure out what the problem is you're suffering from that has made you desire to seek help.

If you don't think, you can wait to call a therapist because you're having thoughts of harming yourself or your experiencing and intense desire to commit suicide then lets up the level of help needed by calling a residential psychiatric facility. If none of these types of services are in your area, then the next place is a local emergency room. 

If you have an alcohol or drug problem with a combination of mental illness, then call a drug or alcohol treatment program direct. Today most alcohol or drug addiction facilities are equipped to deal with substance use disorders and dual diagnosis issues at the same time. 

The main thing is to do something positive and seek help. Below is a list of websites that can help you find some help.    

To get help or learn more about mental health symptoms and risks visit mentalhealthTX.org. For Alcohol or drug treatment contact Summer Sky Treatment Center.

 

Do you have an alcohol or drug treatment problem?

If so contact Summer Sky at 1-888-857-8857

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Summer Sky Treatment Center Announces Spring Into Treatment & Recover

Summer Sky Treatment Center Announces Spring Into Treatment & Recover

Special Rehab Treatment Rates

 

Stephenville, TX - April 1, 2016 – Texas-based alcohol and drug treatment center, Summer Sky Treatment Center—Announces “Spring into Treatment & Recover” Special Rehab Rates.

With over 31-years of providing addiction treatment to over 18,000 families and patients Summer Sky is—taking a new approach to combating the current substance use epidemic. With soaring opiate use disorders and rates of admission to emergency rooms at an all-time high, we are adjusting our treatment rates for those looking for alcohol and drug treatment.

Mr. Scott Kelley President of Summer Sky Treatment Center says this about the adjusted rates “We looked at the current marketplace and noticed that many people were using price as a reason to not go to treatment, so we aim to change this problem by offering an affordable price break for treatment. Our goal is to help more people to access treatment.”  With a clinical team that is already, providing cutting edge treatment this price break will add value to a client's treatment.

Summer Sky views it as a privilege to serve customers in Texas and surrounding states. Summer Sky is always striving to improve the lives of those affected by addiction.

Summer Sky Treatment Center is a nationally recognized alcohol and drug treatment that is accredited by The Joint Commission and licensed by the State of Texas. Summer Sky offers a 30-Day treatment and 90-day treatment for adult males and females.   

Contact: Dennis Barkway Admissions Director for more information at 1-888-857-8857 or email him at dbarkway@summersky.us 


Slam Dunk On Addiction Treatment Tips

Slam Dunk On Addiction

Texas-based alcohol and drug rehab have launched an original campaign to increase the war on addiction. Addiction is currently taking the lives of to many people in the United States. Summer Sky, a leading provider of addiction treatment services has " Slam Dunked on Addiction" this campaign seeks to help as many people find addiction treatment as possible. What Summer Sky Treatment Center has done is lower the private pay treatment rate so more people can access drug and alcohol treatment at affordable prices. If you are in need of high-quality addiction treatment and want to save money while you seek help for substance use disorder treatment, then check this addiction program out.

 Five Treatment Tips:

1. Affordable treatment does not mean mortgaging the house to find addiction treatment. You should be able to discuss openly with, and addiction treatment program what affordable financial options are available to you, and they should guide you in the right direction to get the needed help you seek. So call and discuss treatment options with the treatment program.

2. Seek out programs that are in-network treatment providers. Most addiction treatment programs are conscious of your personal financial needs, and since the cost of addiction treatment can vary from program to program, in-network treatment centers should help ensure that you get a price break with your insurance company. When you find an in-network treatment provider, you inadvertently save yourself money out of your pocket.

3. No hidden fees when you use in-network treatment providers, this is more convenient than you can imagine. In-network programs can lower the bills that come in after treatment and. No surprises; addictions already produce enough surprises, why not circumvent this issue on the front end of seeking services and go to an in-network provider.

4. Treatment of substance use disorders is already expensive, seeking affordable options for treatment helps you and the individual seeking treatment.

5. While there are many good out of network treatment programs around, please be aware that there are advantages to in-network providers versus out-of-network treatment providers. Do your homework and look for accredited programs.

 

    


Summer Sky March Madness-Slam Dunk on Addiction-90-Day Addiction Treatment

Summer Sky Treatment Center is offering an amazing deal for those looking for a 90-Day treatment program. If you have never heard of Summer Sky, I want to encourage you to visit them at http://www.summersky.us and most importantly call them at 1-888-857-8857 and on of their admission specialist will help you with arranging an admission into their program. Substance Use Disorder Treatment-Texas-Summer Sky


Driving Under The Influence Time For Rehab!


Driving While Under The Influence!
It is time for Rehab!

Every, Holiday season we see the warning, from local and state agencies explaining that law enforcement will be out searching for those that are drinking and driving. The commercials, advertisements, media reminders, newspaper articles are all right in front of us, letting us know it is time to be aware and don't drink and drive.

So why is it that after 20 years of a shift to tougher drinking and driving laws, media campaigns, prevention awareness programs, we still see numbers of people doing this behavior repetitive?

The answer is we're not addressing the primary problem with the individuals that are drinking and driving. We can take away their drivers license, lock them away off the streets, and once they are released from jail or prison they are back to drinking and driving. The reason is the main problem is alcohol or substance use related and it is still not addressed appropriately.

I know this does not cross the average individuals mind space during the holidays. I mean who sits around and ask why are people still drinking and driving in 2013 or 2014?

However, if your one of the families or the law enforcement agencies or trauma units that deal with the aftermath you do think about this problem annually or quite often.

I am proposing legislation in our great State of Texas and Oklahoma that once someone is arrested, they are automatically referred to an alcohol and drug treatment program for an assessment and evaluation to determine if rehab is needed. If that addiction professional deems the person has a substance use disorder. Then they must successfully complete a alcohol rehab as a consequence for their drinking and driving. You can stack on all the other behavior consequence you feel are appropriate to try and prevent the problem from returning, but let's add treatment to the front in of the problem.

The problem with alcohol and drugs is that a large portion of those that are drinking and driving if assessed by an addiction professional would meet the criteria for admission into an alcohol or drug rehabilitation program, either at an intensive outpatient or residential treatment level.

What you may not be aware of is that the tools, assessments, testing and technology is already available to help screen for someone who is alcohol or drug dependent at these programs across the nation. The treatment programs already do this on each patient entering their programs. They do this to make sure they don't admit someone falsely that does not need the necessary treatment.

It is time we wake up to the reality that alcohol and drug addiction is a leading cause of this behavior. We have bounced around it, denied it, turned our heads and here we are still seeing people drinking and driving repetitive.

It takes thinking outside the box to change the mindset of our culture. It takes even more effort to do something about the problem. Please join me in this legislative change and let's make a difference at lowering the amount of drinking and driving in Texas and Oklahoma.

If you have recently been arrested for alcohol or an drug related offense, go ahead and call and addiction treatment program. Don't wait till we pass a law, be responsible and get the help you need, call a treatment center now.

Addiction Treatment Resources:

Summer Sky Treatment Center
http://www.summersky.us

NOVA Recovery Center

http://www.novarecoverycenter.com

Archway Recovery Centers, Inc.
http://www.archwayrecovery.com

Alcohol Anonymous
http://www.aa.org

 


Many Kids Who Drink Get Liquor From Home: Report

Many Kids Who Drink Get Liquor From Home: Report

Almost 6% of 12- to 14-year-olds drink, and many get booze from a parent, experts say

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Texas Drug Rehabs Innovative Thinking

Texas Based Drug Rehab Summer Sky is changing the face of addiction treatment. They are on course to launch some of the newest evidence based addiction practices as well as cutting edge recovery support systems in 2011. Traditional Drug Rehabs in the last five years have fallen behind the curve, when it comes to advancement of addiction treatment practices. Summer Sky who has been known to introduce new and innovative addiction practices is again making progress in the area of evidence based treatment practices. In 2009 Summer Sky begin the process of building a treatment team that is focused on quality of care and results. They introduced the first Texas 30 day model of treatment to incorporate Equine Therapy, Music Therapy, Art Therapy, Aquatic Therapy. This type of addiction expansion was unheard of for a 30 day treatment program. It was usually the practice of 90 day or long- term drug rehabs that offered this type of services. It  did not take long for other Texas Drug Rehabs to begin the process of setting up programs that implemented this type of therapy practices. In 2010 Summer Sky once again pushed the status quo and implemented the first Recovery Team into and addiction treatment program in Texas.

This has allowed the clinical team to focus  on solid clinical services and allow the recovery team to work with the clients on individual recovery, just like it is going to be when they get out of treatment. The lines have become clear for the clients on what the 12-steps are all about and how they fit into their life. 

The Recovery Team and Clinical Team collaborate on many aspects of and individuals recovery and treatment.  Also  the facility implemented Massage therapy and Yoga to the programs. This is usually reserved for luxury facilities.

If you are looking for a rehab center that is making a difference in the Addiction Field Summer Sky is to place to go for great treatment.

 

 

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Texas Drug Rehabs

Texas has some great drug rehabs. The State has seen an expansion in addiction treatment services in the last five years. Most of the expansion has come from the private sector. Many industry veterans have questioned the need for new facilities that have emerged. Much talk has taken place in the area of market research. It seems that some of the facilities have been blinded by the grass is greener on the other side mentality.

  The Texas economy is possibly going to reduce it's budget for publicly funded treatment beds this 2011-2012 legislative year. The reality is that 8.4% of people are unemployed. Certainly other States have higher rates, however this is not good for the current treatment industry in Texas. To make things worse health-care benefits have slowly dwindled down or gone away completely with some companies in Texas.

Texas Drug Rehabs are in situations where they must take a look at the actual market and make sound healthy decisions with the opening and expansion of treatment services in the organizations of private and publicly funded drug rehab programs.

 

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