New Drug is 100 Times More Potent than Fentanyl

The experimental drug W-18 has resurfaced and is keeping law enforcement on high alert In the 1980s, a team of scientists at the University of Alberta manufactured a series of experimental opioids. Their research concluded that one of the formulations, referred to as W-18, is approximately 100 times more potent than fentanyl which until recently, Read More

Low AMA Rate at Northbound – Therapy and Case Management

AMA stands for Against Medical Advice, whereas ASA stands for Against Staff Advice.  Often a drug rehab, or addiction treatment facility, is qualitatively assessed using AMA or ASA rates.  A high AMA or ASA rate means that a drug rehab has many clients leaving against the clinical recommendation of staff.  Often the client leaves treatment Read More

Using Behavior Contracts in Drug and Alcohol Treatment

At Northbound we use a host of behavior contracts for our clients. We believe in using behavior contacts in addiction treatment because it helps set clear boundaries and lets clients know where they stand. Our consequences at Northbound are designed in a three-tier system. For example, a First Tier Consequence would be given to a Read More

Journaling In Addiction Treatment – Writing As Therapy

At Northbound we require all of our clients to journal every night while they are in the first phase of drug and alcohol treatment. For their first 30 days, all clients do what is called a 10th step in Alcoholics Anonymous. They are given a journal which outlines a format for them to write in Read More

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