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Friday, July 15, 2011

Intravenous Drug Use Requires More


Every case of addiction varies from case to case, there is no one right way to find recovery; what works for one may not work for the next. However, there are some forms of recovery that have, statistically speaking, shown to be more effective than others. When addicts make the choice to surrender and start down the road to recovery, every individual is at a different point of their addiction. That is not to say that just because you do a drug one way, you are somehow worse off than the next, but, it does mean that you might require more intensive initial recovery program.

According to a new study, addicts who have moved into the realm of I.V. drug use have higher rates of abuse and dependence and have a greater need for substance abuse treatment when compared to those who do not use drug intravenously. Medical News Today, reported that the study used data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. 70,000 teenagers and adults in the United States took part in the new survey. Typically injection drug users tend to be 35 and older living in rural area, unemployed, and have less than a high school education.

“By learning more about how routes of administration are related to user characteristics, we could improve our ability to tailor substance abuse treatment and prevention strategies to individual users,” said Scott Novak, PhD, lead researcher at RTI International in Research Triangle Park, NC, in a news release. “Because injection drug users are disproportionately engaged in the criminal justice system, criminal justice diversion programs, such as Drug Courts, and treatment for incarcerated offenders should also consider the unique needs of injection drug users.”

The study, published in the Journal of Addictive Diseases

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