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Last Updated: 24 October 2012 Published: 12 August 2007

The Treatment-Centers.net Website

Treatment-Centers.net is meant to be a central repository of information about addiction and alcoholism.  It is a community based public benefit website - a resource that is free to the public, where qualified and experienced experts in drug addiction, alcoholism, dual diagnosis and other addictive disorders - most often individuals who are themselves in recovery - can share their experience in how to overcome these complex diseases.

Our Policies

  • Treatment-centers.net is a privately funded leading addiction treatment resource site and directory of treatment centers providing individuals with quality treatment and recovery resources.
  • Treatment-centers.net is a no-cost public benefit service designed to help addicts, alcoholics, and individuals suffering from dual diagnosis and co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders find addiction resources and effective treatment centers and rehabilitation service organizations for alcoholism and addiction treatment of the highest quality.
  • Our mission is to help families and addicts find in-depth information about addiction and treatment, help the public determine which recovery programs are best suited to their specific needs, and provide comprehensive addiction assessment and treatment referral services at no cost.
  • We work with rehabilitation organizations throughout the country and the world to find treatment for individuals suffering from substance abuse and behavioral health disorders. Our database of treatment centers includes centers for recovery from addiction, alcoholism, eating disorders, dual diagnosis, and co-occurring behavioral health issues. Our assessment and referral services are completely free of charge.
  • This site is intended to stimulate awareness of addiction, alcoholism, other behavioral health related disorders, and treatment, and to help individuals suffering from these diseases find relevant information and resources for treatment and recovery.
  • Our site offers a great deal of addiction related information and resources. This information is the opinion of and authored by our founder and staff, who are not medical personnel, but whose lives have been touched by drug abuse, alcoholism and/or dual diagnosis. We strive to offer information, resources, and guidance to addicts and alcoholics, as people helped us when we were in need and suffering from the same problems. In areas of the site where medical information is reproduced, the source is cited and references to the original information are given. Our site is not intended to offer medical advice, but rather general information on addictive diseases, and how to find help and support.

Advertising Policy

  • This website is entirely owned and funded by Treatment-Centers.net.  Our website hosts google sponsored ads, and featured listings in our treatment directory. We do not control Google ads content and our editorial content is free of any commercial influence.  Treatment-Centers.net does not specifically endorse nor oppose any advertising on our site.  All advertising is clearly marked as such. The advertisers on Treatment-Centers.net have no specific rights over the editorial content of the website.

Attribution

  • Original content authored and maintained by Bernard Grohsman, principal author, designer and site administrator, and K. Grohsman, editor/moderator.

Where to Start

We all have different experiences, beliefs, and lifestyles which make us unique. In the same way, the effects of addiction vary from person to person based on the individual. John Bradshaw describes addiction as a "Pathological relationship with any mood altering experience with life damaging consequences".  Not everyone who does drugs, drinks alcohol or gambles at a casino is an addict, but the main sign of addiction - namely unmanagibility in life - is impossible to ignore. To determine whether you or a loved one is actually in need of addiction treatment, we offer a free and completely confidential assessment. By answering the questions on the assessment, we will be able to review the situation and one of our trained addiction professionals will contact you directly to further discuss the issues you are experiencing and possible solutions for recovery.

Drug addiction and alcoholism are serious and potentially fatal diseases which require immediate, professional help. There are over 10,000 drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers in the United States and thousands more abroad designed to treat every kind of addiction and co-occurring mental health disorder. When drug addicts and alcoholics become willing to make a change, quickly determining the best treatment program for their needs can mean the difference between life and death. For immediate assistance, call our 24/7 addiction helpline at 1 or explore our publicly rated and reviewed treatment center directory we're here to help!

About Our Founder...

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"I am writing today to offer my personal message of hope, and to say thank you to the visitors to this website, to the drug and alcohol treatment centers and rehabilitation organizations who taught me so much, and to the professionals who provide resources and a a roadmap to recovery for people of all ages each and every day.  I had a problem with drugs and alcohol for more than half my life.  That said, I'm proud to be in recovery today, and dedicate my life to helping others. I have learned a great deal about addictive disease through my years of active addiction and my career working in the substance abuse treatment industry, and this website is intended to share that knowledge with individuals and the families and friends of individuals who suffer from drug addiction, alcoholism, dual diagnosis and other addictive disorders. Most importantly, I have learned that individuals can't recover alone - we have to help one another. This website is my attempt to do that, and give back to an industry that has helped save my life. For many years I was a drug addict with no direction, no purpose, no spirituality, and absolutely no idea of how to get sober and stay sober.  And it wasn't for lack of trying; I attended detox centers, drug rehab programs and dual diagnosis treatment facilities numerous times during my years of addiction. Now that I have found recovery in my own life, I dedicate my life to sharing my experience, strength and hope with others ."

- Bernie Grohsman, Founder and CEO, Behavioral Health Technologies, Inc.

Bernie Grohsman is a 10+ year Internet marketing veteran, and is considered by many the premier Internet marketing expert in the Behavioral Healthcare field. He is the Founder and CEO (as well as designer, architect and optimizer) of Treatment-Centers.net, Founder and former owner of D.A.R.S. (Drug and Alcohol Rehab Services), and Founder and owner of SEOconsulting.  Positions Bernie has held in the industry have included Director of Internet Marketing for CRC Health Corporation, Director of Internet Marketing for Orchid Recovery Center for Women, and CTO/Director of Internet Marketing for Support Systems Homes. His accomplishments include the design and/or optimization of some of the best-ranking and best-known sites in the behavioral health and addiction treatment field(s). Bernie’s consulting expertise and experience is unmatched, specializing in business development through the use of technology. In addition to all things web-related, he consults on call center development and admissions department/call center training.

Bernie is also an addict in recovery who lost his only brother to addiction in his early 20’s. His company, Behavioral Health Technologies, Inc. and specifically the website Treatment-Centers.net is the ultimate extension of his recovery and desire to help others – it is an addiction treatment resource website which contains the largest and most comprehensive directory of treatment centers and treatment professionals anywhere on the Internet (even larger than SAMHSA’s database - over 11,600 treatment organizations and therapists). It is a public benefit service first and foremost, designed to help both the general public and the treatment industry itself,offering all addiction treatment providers and therapists free inclusion, and providing 24 hour/day 365 day/year live phone assistance and free online drug and alcohol assessments to the public. 

Addiction Books

Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 19 September 2007

Books are a powerful form of support for recovery from addiction.  Many of us look to reading to relax, learn, and stimulate our brains, and in recovery, the value of addiction books can be just as profound as meetings, sponsors, and support groups.  The country is dotted with stores specially designed for addiction and recovery where addiction books can be found.  Books relating to addiction and recovery can easily be found at your local book store as well.  These kinds of books are not limited to those in recovery from addiction.  There are a plethora of addiction books focusing on a variety of subjects such as family disease, family recovery, the disease of addiction, living with addiction, how to reach out for help, the road to recovery, and a myriad of other valuable subjects. 

From books about addiction and how it begins, to recovery methods and support groups, there is something to be learned from them all.  Addiction books are often written by addicts and those close to the addiction recovery community, so they are more likely to relate to each individual in a simular situation.  No matter what the situation or severity of addiction, recovery books can provide a blanket of support when sponsors and meetings are not readily available.  By no means should any one source of recovery support be substituted for another, however addiction books can provide information, resources, and support for those traveling the long road to health. 

Resources

Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 04 May 2008

The resources page of treatment-centers.net is desinged to share the large number of options we have for individuals, their families, and their loved ones to find help.

Treatment-centers.net has compiled the most comprehensive collection of high quality treatment and recovery related tools and resources to help addicts, alcoholics, members of the recovery community, family members, individuals in search of knowledge and education, and recovering people find the information they seek.

Among these Resources offered by treatment-centers.net are:

1. Addiction Treatment Program Directory

2. Addiction Recovery Community / Social Network

3. Community Blogs

4. Addiction Books

5. Resource Links

These Resources are intended for the public benefit. They are available to all, and we encourage you to use them, explore the links, join the recoery community (a free service) and help us bring public benefit resources and outreach services to all those in need!

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Privacy Policy

Last Updated: 21 March 2017 Published: 19 August 2004

Treatment-Centers.net Privacy Policy

ADMISSIONS/INQUIRIES
To talk with us please call the phone number listed on the top of all pages of the website or our main number at 408-210-4910.
EMAIL
Treatment-Centers.net has a Contact email address to message us at any time.
CLIENT/ PATIENT RIGHTS POLICY
Although we are not a treatment center ourselves, Treatment-Centers.net strives to adhere to the high standards set forth for drug/alcohol treatment programs which stipulate the following regulations.  In accordance with prevailing state and national licensing and accreditation standards, each participant receiving services from an alcohol and/or drug program shall have rights which include, but are not limited to, the following:
  1. The right to confidentiality as provided for in Title 42, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 2; and Title 45, Parts 160 & 164.
  2. To be accorded dignity in contact with staff.
  3. To be accorded a safe, healthful group environment.
  4. To be free from verbal, emotional, physical abuse, and/or inappropriate sexual behavior.
  5. To be informed by the program of the procedures to file a grievance or appeal a discharge from program.
  6. To be free from discrimination based on: ethnic or gender group identification, religion, age, sex, color or any type of disability.
  7. To be accorded access to review of his/her health records, have an opportunity to request a correction to the record, if appropriate; and to receive a copy of the record within 30 days of a written request.
  8. To express personal preference regarding case manager, counselor or any other service personnel.
  9. To be free to attend religious services or activities of his or her choice and to have visits from a spiritual advisor-- provided that these services or activities do not conflict with facility program requirements. Participation in religious services will be voluntary only.
Any complaints regarding violation of client rights should be directed to that pertinent state department for alcohol and drug treatment licensure. See State Substance Abuse Agencies for further information.
NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY
Treatment-Centers.net Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center affiliated programs do not discriminate in the provision of services on the basis of ethnic group identification, religion, age, sex, color or disability, pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Section 2000d, Title 42, United States Code), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 794, Title 29, United States Code); the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Section 12132, Title 42, United States Code); and per relevant State regulations wherein a Treatment-Centers.net Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center operates.
ACCESSIBILITY POLICY
Each Treatment-Centers.net Drug and Alcohol Treatment program maintains an ongoing policy and plan of accessibility, which conforms to federal and state requirements. It is Treatment-Centers.net's goal to have all of its services accessible to those individuals meeting the admission criteria. Each referral from Treatment-Centers.net will strive to provide certain program accessibility plans in attempts to cover the following potential barriers:
  • Attitudinal
  • Architectural
  • Environmental
  • Financial
  • Employment
  • Communication
  • Transportation
  • Any other barriers, as these become identified.
Reasonable accommodations are provided, as needed, to enable qualified individuals to access a program’s operations and services. For more information, contact the particular facility’s intake department.
BILLING & PAYMENT POLICY
The client/patient and/or financial guarantor obligates himself/herself to pay the Treatment-Centers.net Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program Facility in accordance with the agreed rates and terms, notwithstanding the assignment of health coverage (call the intake department regarding treatment rates, expected deductibles and co-pays). Pharmacy/prescriptions may also need separate insurance coverage and/or payment arrangements.
INSURANCE RESPONSIBILITY
The client/patient must understand that it is the sole responsibility of the subscriber/guarantor to know what his/her insurance benefits are, and if the policy is in effect. The program's business office will make every effort to verify the insurance and to obtain the benefits from the insurance company. No employee or anyone affiliated with Treatment-Centers.net Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program will, or can be held responsible for knowing what a client's insurance will or will not cover. This includes benefits that may have been quoted by the insurance company.

The business office will bill your insurance as a courtesy to you and make every effort to obtain payment. However, all or any portion of the bill that is not paid by the insurance carrier is the sole responsibility of the client and/or the guarantor. Benefits that are quoted by the insurance company may only reflect coverage charges and not 100% of the billed charges. Benefit quotations are subject to the member's eligibility at the time benefits were requested and any quotations are not a guarantee of benefit coverage or of member eligibility until actual insurance payment for services is received. All anticipated uninsured/non-covered charges and projected co-payments are expected to be paid upon admission. No interest will accrue to current accounts. Any and all unpaid portions of an account may be referred to a collection agency at thirty (30) days past due. If referred to collections, all interest and legal fees will be the responsibility of the debtor/guarantor.

WEB SITE VISITOR INFORMATION PRACTICES POLICY
When you browse through any website, certain information about your visit can be collected. We automatically collect and store the following information:
  • Name of the domain you use to access the Internet. (for example, aol.com, if you are using an America Online account)
  • Address of the website you came from when you came to visit.
  • Date and time of your visit.
  • Web site pages you visited.
We use this information for statistical purposes and to help us make our site more useful to visitors. Unless it is specifically stated otherwise, no additional information will be collected about you.

Personally Provided Information:
You do not have to give us personal information to visit our web sites. If you choose to provide us with additional information about yourself through an e-mail message, form, survey, etc., this information will be held in the strictest confidence internally and will be restricted on a “need to know” basis. This information is not shared externally for any reason, unless you have given specific consent to do so.

Disclosure:
This organization does not disclose, give, sell or transfer any personal information about our visitors, unless specifically required for law enforcement or statute.

CONFIDENTIALITY & SECURITY POLICY
Treatment-Centers.net Drug and Alcohol Treatment Organization and its Rehabilitation programs have a primary policy and responsibility to strictly adhere to protecting the security and confidentiality of its client’s/patient’s personal health information. Treatment-Centers.net Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program and its employees will not release any information without a specified written consent from the client/patient and/or only if such disclosure is permitted under legally concise elements of current federal laws including: Each staff member is dedicated to upholding these standards in all verbal, written or electronically transmitted communications and records. All Treatment-Centers.net Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center staff, clients (patients), family members, and visitors sign a confidentiality agreement to safeguard patient/client identity and other personal protected health information.
NOTICE OF HEALTH INFORMATION PRACTICES

This notice describes how information about our client/patient may be used and/or disclosed and how this information is accessed. Please review it carefully.

Understanding Your Health Record/Information:
Each time you visit a health care facility, physician, or other healthcare provider, a record of your visit is made. Typically, this record contains information about your health history, symptoms, examination and test results, diagnoses, treatment, and a plan for future care or treatment. This information, often referred to as your client/patient or medical record, serves as a:
  • Basis for planning your care and treatment.
  • Means of communication among the health professionals who contribute to your care.
  • Legal document describing the care you received.
  • Means by which you or a third party payer can verify that services billed were actually provided.
  • Tool in educating heath professionals.
  • Source of personally de-identified data for medical research.
  • Basis of de-identified information for public health officials charged with improving the health of the local region or the nation.
  • Resource of de-identified data for facility planning and marketing.
  • Tool with which we can assess and continually work to improve the care we render and the outcomes we achieve.
Understanding what is in your record and how your health information is used helps you to:
  • Insure its accuracy.
  • Better understand who, what, when, where and why others may access your health information, especially in the event that you did not sign a specified authorization to do so.
  • Make more informed decisions when authorizing disclosure to others.
Your Health Information Rights:
Although your health record is the physical property of the healthcare practitioner or facility that compiled it, the information belongs to you. You have the right to:
  • Request a restriction on certain uses and disclosures of your information as provided by 45 CFR 164.522 and 42 CFR, Chapter 1, Part 2.
  • Obtain a paper copy of the notice of information practices upon request.
  • Inspect and copy your health record as provided for in 45 CFR 164.524.
  • Amend your health record as provided in 45 CFR 164.528.
  • Obtain an accounting of disclosures of your health information as provided in 45 CFR 164.528.
  • Request communications of your health information by alternative means or at alternative locations.
  • Revoke your authorization to use or disclose health information, except to the extent that action has already been taken based on a previous authorization.
Our Responsibilities:
This organization is required to:
  • Maintain the privacy of your health information.
  • Provide you with a notice as to our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to information we collect and maintain about you.
  • Abide by the terms of this notice.
  • Notify you if we are unable to agree to a requested restriction.
  • Accommodate reasonable requests you may have to communicate personal health information by alternative means or at alternative locations.
We will not use or disclose your health information without your authorization, except as described in this notice.
NOTICE - CONFIDENTIALITY OF ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE PATIENT RECORDS
The confidentiality of alcohol and drug abuse patient records maintained by this program is protected by federal law and regulations (per 42 CFR, Chapter 1, Part 2). Generally, the program may not say to a person outside the program that a patient attends the program, or disclose any information identifying a patient as an alcohol or drug abuser unless:
  1. The patient consents in writing.
  2. The disclosure is allowed by a court order.
  3. The disclosure is made to medical personnel in a medical emergency or to designated and qualified staff for research, audit, or program evaluation.
Federal law and regulations do not protect any information about a crime committed by a patient either at the program or against any person who works for the program or about any threat to commit such a crime.

Federal laws and regulations do not protect any information about suspected child abuse or neglect from being reported under State law to appropriate state or local authorities.

Violation of the federal law and regulations by a program is a crime. Suspected violations may be reported to appropriate authorities in accordance with federal regulations.
INDIVIDUAL RIGHT TO ACCESS PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION
The individual patient/client has a right to access, inspect and obtain a copy of his/her protected health information (pursuant to 45 CFR Part 164.524) for as long as that designated record set is maintained by the facility. Access will be accorded within 30 days of the request, except in where legally specified reasons for denial exist. If access is denied for cause, such denial may be reviewed and appealed.

For further HIPAA-relevant Privacy information see the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) CMS website.

We reserve the right to change our practices and to make the new provisions effective for all protected health information we maintain. Should our information practices change, we will post a revised notice to this website.

FOR MORE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION OR TO REPORT A PROBLEM

If have questions and would like additional information, you may contact Treatment-Centers.net Corporate Compliance Officer at: 408-210-4910.

If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you can file a complaint with the Department of Health and Human Services/ Office for Civil Rights (HHS/OCR) by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling the national Office at 202-205-8725 and asking for the OCR Health Information Privacy Complaint Form and/or for the appropriate Regional OCR Office.

However, communications that are sent directly to the Department of HHS/OCR are maintained by them for historical purposes, as required by law. Those communications are archived on a monthly basis, but are also protected by the Privacy Act, which restricts their use while permitting certain disclosures. There will be no retaliation for filing a complaint.

Addiction Magazines

Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 19 September 2007

Along with addiction books, addiction magazines provide information, resources, and industry updates.  Addiction magazines, however offer more current information in the areas of new recovery procedures, recovery medicine, addiction trends, and information on the latest addiction research.  Addiction magazines are a good resource to find the latest news in addiction recovery and available options.  These magazines will often include personal testimonials about certain methods, articles about individual experiences, and ads relating to addiction treatment.
While addiction magazine are very helpful in finding the latest information in the addiction recovery field, addiction magazines tend to be more informative than supportive and are more frequently read by professionals in the addiction treatment field.  Addiction magazines serve a valuable purpose of informing those still under the grip of addiction, of new developments and philosophies in recovery from addiction.
Addiction magazines are available in book stores worldwide as well as many popular magazine stands and recovery book stores.   

Addiction Treatment Internet Marketing

Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 04 February 2010

One would be hard pressed to find a more competitive industry on the Internet than addiction and recovery. Few clients seeking recovery select a treatment center without first having spent considerable time on the web site, getting both a visual perception and descriptions of the services offered. The client and the client’s family will want to satisfy comfort and security concerns, quality of care offered, fees, location, staff, programs offered, types of addictions treated and a host of other factors. There are a lot of options from which to choose and a handful of centers seem to dominate the top positions. How did they achieve these lofty rankings for targeted keywords and more importantly, how can your treatment center join those ranks? If your web site is not being found for highly positioned, targeted keywords, the web site message will rarely reach its intended audience.

There are no shortcuts to success and few web site owners have the time or the technical expertise to focus on the critical activities. To be sure, there are many areas requiring attention.  While all have varying levels of influence, the problem becomes exacerbated because the major search engines are adept at varying the importance of these positioning-related activities. Few companies achieve success without the assistance of a web development company that understands the addiction and recovery marketplace. 

The activity areas that are considered crucial can be outlined as follows: 

  1. Web Design: considerations include viewer appeal, ease of navigation, built for search engine optimization, domains built around keywords, i.e. (treatment-centers.net), W3C Validation, Hosting, Tags, Text Content, etc.
  2. Web Marketing: considerations include Search Engine Optimization SEO), PageRank, Link Popularity, Site  Maps, Local Maps, Registrations, Paid Directories, Analytics,  Data Base Capture, Broadcasting, Call Tracking, Pay-Per-Click,  Conversion Analyses, etc.
  3. Social Media –Web 2.0: Considerations include Blogs, RSS Feeds, Video, Social Networking, Bookmarking Buttons, Tagging, Multimedia Posts, Wikis, Geo-Tagging, Podcasts, etc.

The above list is by no means inclusive and few companies have the ability to integrate all of these components into a successful web presence marketing campaign. The treatment center should not seek out a “web person” who took a few Dreamweaver or Photoshop courses. The competitiveness of the industry requires the services of a web company that has a track record of success with some of the leading treatment centers in the nation and a company that can further enhance the link-building potential of Treatment-centers.net.

We are often asked by our clients and others in the industry for a recommendation for internet marketing in the addiction treatment industry; one company comes quickly to mind. We have been friends with Webconsuls for many years, as they are one of the leading Internet marketing companies representing treatment centers, sober living homes, interventionists and other recovery professionals across the country. Their client list is most Impressive and in our opinion, they excel in each of the three areas listed above. If you are seeking assistance to generate additional traffic and Internet-related conversions, you should contact Webconsuls, one of the Internet’s premiere design, SEO and SEM organizations, for a free web site analysis.

Helpful Links

Last Updated: 27 June 2013 Published: 19 May 2011

The following websites provide valuable and informative resources for addiction, health services, recovery support, and addiction treatment.

American Council for Drug Education

The American Council for Drug Education provides programs and materials based on most recent scientific research on drug abuse and its impact on society.

Alcoholics Anonymous

An international fellowship of men and women who have had an addiction problem with alcohol,  AA is nonprofessional, self-supporting, nondenominational, multiracial, apolitical, self-help group open to anyone who sincerely desires to be sober from alcohol.

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women with addictions to drugs which is a self help support community open to anyone with a desire to be abstinent from drugs.

National Institute on Drug Abuse

NIDA is a federal government agency that is a part of the National Institute of Health, which provides scientific and research based information and resources about drugs, drug abuse, and addiction.

Office of National Drug Control Policy

The Office of National Drug Control Policy is a part of the White House that determines the regulations, policies, and priorities through the annual publication of the National Drug Control Strategy.

SAMHSA Treatment Facility Locator

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) provides a national database of addiction treatment facilities from self pay to state and county funded programs.

Al-Anon

Al-Anon is a 12-step based support program for the families and loved ones of alcoholics who have suffered the effects of living with or loving an alcoholic.

Nar-Anon

Nar-Anon is 12-step based and intended to support families and loved ones of drug addicts who have suffered from effects of living with drug addicted individuals.

American Society of Addiction Medicine

American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is a national alliance of medical doctors who are dedicated to making treatment more effective for addicted individuals.

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention

Working to prevent illicit drug abuse and underage tobacco and alcohol use, CSAP (Center for Substance Abuse Prevention) exists within the Department of Health and Human Services.

Betty Ford Treatment Center

Founded by former First Lady, Betty Ford, this treatment center helps addicted men and women find their path to sobriety. The Betty Ford Center is especially known for its outstanding Family Programs, helping the loved ones and family members of addicts.

Hazelden

As the nonprofit organization that has published many addiction treatment books used in recovery programs world-wide, Hazelden is among the few authority treatment organizations with a long track record of successful strategies and methodologies.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) is a national volunteer organization dedicated to preventing drunk driving, underage drinking, and advocating for the victims of drunk driving accidents.

National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers

The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) is an alliance of addiction treatment providers, facilities, and counselors who are dedicated to enhancing and increasing the effectiveness of addiction treatment.

National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors

The National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors is not only dedicated to improving the lives and skills of addicts and their family members, but is also the certifying board for millions of caring and compassionate addiction counselors working in the recovery field.

National Association of Lesbian and Gay Addiction Professionals

The National Association of Lesbian and Gay Addiction Professionals aims to create equality and improved addiction treatment for all who suffer from addiction, in particular those in the gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, and queer community.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) is a voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting alcoholism and drug addiction, as well as their devastating effects on families and society as a whole.

The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission accredits various health care organizations and holds them to exacting standards of care, staffing, environment, and services. Currently The Joint Commission accredits more than 1900 addiction treatment organizations across the nation.

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities

Extending to more than 17 countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accredits more than 47,000 organizations offering human health services ranging from addiction treatment to child services and aging services.

Online Therapy

Online therapy using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has shown to be just as effective as traditional face-to-face therapy. CBT is a psycho-therapeutic approach that you can use to identify, challenge and overcome your dysfunctional thoughts, behaviors and emotions. The benefit of CBT is that you can change the way you think so that you feel and act better, even if the situation hasn't changed.

SupportGroups.com

is a growing online support groups community. Our goal is to bring people together around life's challenges by providing concise, up-to-date information and a meeting place for individuals, their friends and families, and professionals who offer pathways to help.

The Alcoholism Guide

A site discussing all aspects of alcoholism and its treatment both traditional and alternative. Areas covered include the effects of alcohol abuse, living with an alcoholic, non-12 step alcohol treatment progams and holistic alcohol treatment.

Treatment Center Directory Notice

Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 12 September 2007

Finding Treatment

The treatment center directory on Treatment-Centers.net has been updated with enhanced functionality and more comprehensive information, incliding over 3000 additional treatment programs.  To view the directory with the enhanced information, please visit our New Treatment Center Directory.

 

Locating Treatment Centers in Your Area

Locating addiction treatment centers in your area is as easy as using our new treatment center locator.  You can even search for centers while filtering the results for certain criteria specific to your needs.  To do a basic search, simply enter your address or zip code, choose your search radius (100mi is a good place to start), and search.  It's that simple! This will return every treatment organization within 100 miles of the location you input, in order from closest to farthest center, with the actual distance (in miles) of each center, and an option to view them in Google Earth with a single click!

Locating Treatment Centers with Specific Criteria - Payment Types Accepted (Insurance, Private Pay, State Funded etc.), Services Offered (Detoxification, Short and/or Long-Term Residential Treatment etc.)

Locating addiction treatment centers in any area with specific criteria is as easy as using our new treatment center locator as well.  To do a detailed search, enter your address or zip code, choose your search radius (100mi is a good place to start), and scroll down a few lines to the statement "return results if any/all of the following criteria are met" and make sure "all" is selected.  Then choose the criteria you need using the checkboxes on the remainder of the page, paying special attention to the area for "Forms of Payment Accepted" - If searching for publicly funded treatment centers, centers which are "free" and exist for people who can't afford private pay or Insurance funded treatment, make sure to check the box for "state funded (other than medicaid)".  If the drug of choice is alcohol, opiates of any sort, or benzodiazepines of any sort, also make sure to check the bos for "detoxification

 

 

 

Teen Addiction

Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 05 November 2010

Teen Addition

Teenagers today are exposed to many more substances that are addictive than they were many years ago. Teens and addiction has become a major epidemic in many areas of the country. Teens and addiction is not just drug abuse; addictions come in many different forms.

According to NIDA, statistically in the United States alone teens and addiction show, 80 percent of seniors in high school have tried alcohol, while 32 percent admit becoming intoxicated in the past month. In addition, 73 percent of these high school students smoke marijuana, and a startling one third of high school students smoke cigarettes. Unfortunately, the numbers continue to rise as teens begin using very addictive drugs such as cocaine and heroin, which can lead to addiction very quickly.

Another addiction on the rise among teens is prescription drug abuse. These drugs are obtained without a prescription, which is becoming common with teens and addiction. This percentage among teens is as high as 20 percent, which is typically for pain medications .Prescription drug addiction can turn into one of many addictions.†

It is estimated that 25 percent of Americans die because of substance abuse, which include alcohol, prescription drug abuse, illicit drugs, and cigarettes. Of these teens, many drive automobiles under the influence, which causes accidents, injuries, and death.

 

Why Teens Ignore the Dangers

Many teens focus on the here and now and may be very egocentric and want to fit in with their peers to the point that they also use drugs to be cool. In addition, teens do not think anything bad could ever happen to them, they have a sense that they are invincible.

Moreover, many teens truly believe that they can just stop drinking, smoking, or drug use at any time and that there is no risk of addiction. This type of thinking goes back to the belief that they are indestructible. Remember, many teens are living for the day, which is to say they are not concerned about the consequences of a possible nasty addiction.

 

Teens are more Vulnerable to Addictions

Because the teen brain is still growing, it leaves them more susceptible to addiction. The teen brain is responsive to everything in the environment, which is how they learn quickly. The brain of the teen is always learning and teens and addiction often go hand in hand. It appears that addictions among teens are rampant. They experiment with various drugs.  Their brains which are not fully developed are making connections that can be more habit-forming.

 For example, studies have shown that a teen that uses an addicting substance has a greater time of reaching their baseline so if a teen uses a drug it may affect them much longer than it does an adult. Therefore, the teen is tapping into habit-forming areas of the brain in a more robust way than adults are and addiction can follow quicker.

 

How to Recognize Addiction in Teens

 Often, parents simply do not recognize the signs of teens and addiction.  There are four different warning areas of addiction in teens, which include physical, emotional, family relations, and school.

 

The physical warning signs of teen addiction include:

1. A persistent cough

2. Extreme fatigue

3. Glazed and red eyes

4. Health complaints

 

Emotional warning signs of teen addiction include:

1. Obvious personality changes

2. Moodiness

3. Irritability

4. Sudden onset of irresponsible behavior

5. Depression

6. Lack of interest in things he or she once was interested in

 

School problems relating to teen addiction include:

1. Lack of interest in school

2. Poor grades

3. Discipline problems at school

4. Skipping school regularly

5. Overall negative attitude about education

 

Family relations affected by teen addiction include:

1. Breaking the rules set by parents

2. Argumentative

3. Appears secretive

4. Pulls away from family

 Socially, the teen begins to make bad decisions about the group of friends he or she is involved with. Many times the teens break ties with old friends and begin making friends with troubled, addcitied teens.


Teen Addiction Treatment

Teens and addiction is a very serious problem facing many families today.  Drugs are prevalent in the school system and in their community. Drugs were not as prevalent 25 years ago. When you recognize the signs of addiction in your teen, rather, you need to take action before your teen ends up in deeper trouble, such as serving prison time or worse, death.

 Parents suspecting their teens of addiction should have their children tested for drugs randomly.  Parents should not let their teen know the drug test is coming up, because teens are quite clever at passing drug tests when they have advanced notice. If the screening comes back positive, you must immediately get your teen in a substance abuse treatment program.

 Keep in mind that not all treatment programs are created equal.  The one you choose should coincide with the type of abuse your teen is suffering from and take into account his or her personality type. For instance, if your teen is quiet and withdrawn without drugs, a treatment program that has a calmer setting might work best. On the other hand, teens that are outgoing and naturally rowdy without drugs may require a more hands-on approach with lots of interaction from staff and other patients in treatment.

 The silver lining of teens and addiction is that there is hope and there is a program right for your teen. In addition, many teens need psychological treatment along with the drug treatment.  Many teens are actually self-medicating with drugs attempting to treat an underlying medical condition such as depression or bipolar disorder.

 

All parents want their teens to stay away from drugs.  The sad truth is that addiction among teens is on the rise, which is why parents must know the early warning signs of addiction. The sooner you can intervene, the better chance your child has of remaining drug-free. Of course, you and your teen will need ongoing maintenance in order to ensure the treatment program is truly effective.

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Addiction is a life-shattering illness. It breaks people down, rips families apart, and is progressive and ultimately fatal if not addressed. It all starts with that first drink or hit, and the thought that an individual can quit whenever he or she wants. There are many outcomes, but eventually all addiction roads lead to jails, institutions, and death. For many addicts, addiction is a lifelong illness, with relapses even after long periods of abstinence.

An addict is defined as a person who is unable to live a normal life without ingesting a mood-altering chemical or engaging in a mood-altering experience. He or she has a continuous craving for the psychological, physical and/or social effects produced by a substance or behavior of choice, resulting in unmanageability in life. Addicts may be either psychologically or physically dependent on a drug, or both. The addict who is psychologically dependent takes the drug to feel mentally refreshed, self-confident, socially functional etc. The physically dependent addict shows physical signs of withdrawal if the drug is not available to them.

Although addiction begins when a person makes the choice to use drugs, the term "addiction" does not simply mean the abuse of the drugs themselves. Recent scientific studies have found evidence that drugs not only interfere with normal brain functioning creating powerful feelings of euphoria, they also have long-term effects on the brain's metabolism and brain activity. Due to this, addicts are not able to just quit using, as their brains have become dependent on the substance for normal functioning.

If you have a drug addiction, we encourage you to check into a treatment facility and get the help you need. If your loved one has a drug problem, talk to them about recovery or plan an intervention. There are many resources available to help addicts and their families, including: drug treatment centers, counseling, group meetings, intervention planning and much more. Don't delay, seek help now and get your life back on the right track!

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Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 19 September 2007

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Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 27 May 2009

Welcome to www.treatment-centers.net Featured Advertisers Section

Having a featured listing with www.treatment-centers.net is the single most valuable form of "advertising investment" you can make to your Internet efforts for your treatment center. To understand more read this article from a technical marketing consultant. http://www.bhcjournal.com/default.aspx?articleId=20936&tabid=255

Featured listings run throughout the directory. Meaning if you have a featured listing and you are a treatment center in California, that listing will show up on the treatment directory in New Jersey as it rotates through all of the state category pages as well as all 11,500+ of the other featured listings, and every time it shows up, you get a live link from that page.

Why add a featured listing on www.treatment-centers.net ?
1) www.treatment-centers.net is the #1 treatment directory in the world
2) www.treatment -centers.net provides you with exponentially more relevant links than any other site in the treatment industry (links are the most important thing you can do on the internet)
3) www.treatment-centers.net provides you with leads on occasion
4) www.treatment-centers.net provides you with qualified clicks/traffic to your site
5) www.treatment-centers.net provides you with a higher rankings in google because you have a featured listing with us
6) www.treatment-centers.net has 70,000 - 80,000 people per month looking for treatment
7) www.treatment-centers.net is serving 225,000 - 250,000 web pages per month
8) www.treatment-centers.net averages between 2,000 - 3,000 unique visits per day
9) www.treatment-centers.net ranks very high on Google for almost every state for "treatment center in XYZ State" and many many other keyword phrases, including Ranking #1 for "Drug Treatment Centers" on Google

How fast can you get a featured listing? (less than 30 minutes for most people)

As fast as you can do the following...

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Is there a "contract?" (Yes it is a month to month "contract," you can cancel at any time, simply cancel your paypal subscription with www.treatment-centers.net in your PayPal account).

How many links will we get? Depends, but we see anywhere from 250 up to 1,500 links per featured listing

What kinds of links will we be getting? You will only be getting links from the www.treatment-centers.net domain and they will have page ranks of PR2 thru PR5. What does this mean? Do a search on Google for the term "page rank" and Google will explain to you what it means.

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Drug Addiction

Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 18 January 2011

Drug addiction is a complex disease, and for millions of addicts worldwide, the numerous drug addiction treatment methodologies can be difficult to sift through without a general undertsanding of the nature of drug addiction itself.

Search Engine Optimization for Counselors, Therapists and Treatment Centers

Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 28 April 2009

Internet Strategy Primer for Therapists, Counselors and Treatment Centers

In these tough economic times, learning new skills and taking a step back to take a "personal" or "corporative" inventory will often reveal areas for major improvements and some glaring gaps in business practices. When it comes to marketing and business development, there is no better source than the Internet, especially for the counseling, therapy and treatment industries. With the Internet as the marketplace for new business through hundreds of millions of searches, a good website is not only needed, but it needs to be well optimized so it can be found when potential clients search for the services you offer. A website without optimization, no matter how good it looks, is no more useful than an expensive, glorified business card with no one to see it.

If you don't have a web site it is strongly recommended that you invest in one, specifically built by someone who has experience building websites in your industry. A web designer and optimizer with knowledge of your specific industry can save you critical time and money. The authors of this article are two such people, and we'll endeavor to share our knowledge and experience in this area so as to prevent costly and time consuming mistakes...

As a counselor, therapist or treatment center you are selling "people, expertise, relationships and experience." People's first introduction into who and what you are as a professional or treatment provider is through your website. It is human nature that individuals do business with people they know, like, and trust. In keeping with this reality, we want to allow the web site to convey the messages of personality, philosophy, experience, skills and specialties so that visitors can actually "get to know" you and your how you approach your profession when they browse through your website.

What we will cover in the article is how to prepare your web site and your business to take advantage of the massive search traffic for behavioral healthcare services on the Internet.

So how do therapists, counselors and treatment centers actually get clients? Some rely on the yellow pages to generate business and sometimes they come from other professionals. The fact is that in today's world the Internet plays the biggest role of all in getting business into the healthcare field, period. So unless you have more business than you can handle (how many of us are in that situation?), it is imperative that you engage in Internet marketing. In today's world, success in the behavioral healthcare field is intimately related to one's ability to successfully market themselves on the Internet. If an individual searches the Internet for therapy or treatment, you need to be positioned in such a way that you get their business. Where else (besides the Internet) can you share ALL of your papers, articles, pictures and testimonials with the rest of the world for virtually the price of a cheap cup of coffee each day? The key is to share it in a way that it will be found when individuals in need of help search for the terms that are most relevant to the specific services you provide. Your practice or treatment center can literally be a walking, talking billboard of your expertise and services on the "Information Super Highway."

The Internet does a great job at helping people with specific problems find the best people with the right solutions to meet their needs. For the purposes of this article, the preferred method of client acquisition (from the Internet) is to have your Internet leads come through your own web site first and not through a third party [web site]. (This doesn't mean you shouldn't use directories or Internet Yellow Pages - in fact in many cases the exact opposite is true, but we'll discuss that later in this article). Also, in many cases, referrals from the Internet will only come in through your web site AFTER they have qualified you based on the information they find on the Internet about you. For this reason it's imperative that your website be in-depth and informative about who you are and what you have to offer, and it's equally imperative that you have links from other relevant sites on the internet linking to your site...

Why links you ask? Well, would you trust a medical reference that didn't cite its sources? In the same way, Search Engines don't trust websites without supporting, relevant links. Links should be thought of as "votes" given by one website to another on the Internet... the more of them you have, the more intrinsic value your site has compared with all other sites on the internet in the eyes of Search Engines (Google in particular - this is the basis of the Google PageRank Algorithm as developed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin during their studies at Stanford from 1995-97, and developed into a general rating system for websites on a scale from 0-10, known as the PageRank scale)... And the greater the relevance of the site that's linking to you (in relation to the content of your own site), the more value you'll get from each individual incoming link - in other words a "vote" from another treatment professional or treatment center is naturally more relevant and therefore more valuable than a vote from a car dealership...

Web site optimization (also known as Search Engine Optimization or SEO) can be divided into two main areas. First, you have "on site" optimization, meaning the content and HTML tags are accurate, in keeping with established standards, and maximized for relevance. Second is what's called "off site" optimization, which entails link building and linking strategies (internal and external) to enable your well written, well optimized content to rank.

Onsite Optimization for Therapists, Counselors, and Treatment Centers

To achieve success in Internet marketing, you should take just as much pride in your website as in your profession, not only in the design and copy of the site, but also in your website optimization (SEO). (Which in turn results in attracting the right clientele)

Often times, but not always, people who are in need of therapy or treatment do a Google search on the services followed by the location, i.e. "drug treatment centers in Florida". What typically come up are "local listings", and often directory listings. Directories are great, and in a perfect world I tell all my clients to get listed with as many directories as possible (track the ones that help you rank and drop the ones that don't). The way I value directories is how many links they give me, period. I don't value them based on the number of clicks they can or can't send to my website... The clicks are for the most part superfluous - they're not the real value of advertising on important industry directory sites. The real value is in the relevance these directories transmit to your website for terms for which you want to rank better. The more relevant links I have the better chance I have of being found in searches for the services I provide. More on that in a minute...

Where SEO enters the picture is if I'm a heroin addiction counselor in Marblehead, and I have my therapist web site properly "optimized with tags" (which I will get into in a second) and full of high quality heroin addiction content unique to my website, I stand a possible chance of ranking somewhere in the first 10 pages on Google's search results for "heroin addiction counselor", but even so, just being in the first 10 pages on Google isn't good enough. Very few people look past the first page of search results, and virtually no one continues searching to the 10th page or beyond. To have success with Internet searches for key terms specific to your profession and services, you need to be on the first page, preferably above the fold (above the fold is everything visible on a computer screen without having to scroll down), so for most popular screen resolutions that means within the top 3-5 results.

So how do I ensure that my heroin addiction counselor in Marblehead web page gets to a top spot on Google's search results? [See Part II about Off-Site Optimization]

Let's assume you are the best heroin addiction counselor in Marblehead. We will assume you have at least 700 -1,000 words of content (fewer is not favorable for Google) talking about your experience providing heroin addiction treatment and heroin addiction counseling, your education, level of skill, and your approach to treating clients. The content is in place, but Google needs to know that this content is there on YOUR domain. The easiest way for Google to find and index your website is for you to "TELL" THEM IT'S THERE! How is this accomplished? You "tell" them by tagging the HTML code you used to build your web page accurately and informatively - you put your main key phrases in the page's main <title>XYZ</title> tag, use <alt>XYZ</alt> tags to give alternative textual representations of all images on your site, <title>XYZ</title> tags for links, meta tags etc. etc. Or ask your web person to generate the proper Title Tags, Keyword Tags, Description Tags, Alt Tags, Image Tags, etc.

The big blue link you read on the Google search result is your TITLE TAG (as referenced above, the HTML syntax for which is <title>your title tag</title>). The black text is often the <meta> description tag (or an excerpt thereof), or if a meta description is not present Google will grab content off your web page and use it as the search result description, which might not be what you would want as a description. (Google may pull text that isn't very useful as a search result description). (Also, you don't have a lot of room here to write a description so it should be concise and to the point - a good rule of thumb is to limit your meta description to 25 words or less). So if your site is JohnSmithCounseling.com and you're really good at treatment for heroin addiction, the title tag might read something like Heroin Addiction Counselor | John Smith Counseling Marblehead (Title tags should be limited to 65 characters according to several SEO experts, but there is flexibility). Why would you write your title tag this way, instead of simply John Smith's Counseling Services? Because unless people know of you by name in advance, they won't be searching for "John Smith Counseling" - they are exponentially more likely to search for Heroin Addiction... or Counselor... or Counseling in Marblehead etc... With title tags, you always want to put your most important keyterms first.

For the meta description tag you have more space to work with, so you naturally want to offer more information than the title tag allows - but just as with the title tag, it should be relevant and keyword rich, and contain the same keyterms you used in the title tag. So continuing the example, the description might read, "John Smith Counseling of Marblehead is the leading authority on heroin addiction in the state of Massachusetts for the past 25 years." You want to draw the Google searcher to click the link to your site... As long as the information on the landing page (the page that they go to when they click the link in the search results) is well written and informative, and answers the searcher's questions. The combination of your content and good optimization (and links, we'll go into that next) will make you rank well enough for your site to be found by searchers, and assuming they're looking for counseling you stand a great chance of getting that client!

So now we have the easy part completed... Many SEO specialists, web developers, and consultants can provide this SEO service for you - it's basic optimization 101. I personally prefer to teach clients and have them provide the direction to their development team. Once it's learned, onsite SEO is fairly easy to execute (doing it well and ranking #1 for competitive terms however requires much more skill and experience).

Part II Offsite Optimization for Therapists, Counselors and Treatment Centers

In order to build your business online you need to get links, lots of links, as many relevant links from high value sites as possible. It is always a good idea to try to request links from hospitals, universities, doctors' web sites, directories etc., and embed links to your website when commenting on other people's blogs. These links are how people (and Google) find websites, and are a big factor in how Google ranks them as well. In fact, on today's Internet, they're the biggest factor, PERIOD.

Links are also the most efficacious advertising product available in the therapy and treatment industry to make your website rank - PERIOD. If you were a marriage counselor, I would search for a few marriage counseling web sites, directories and blogs to advertise on. Getting multiple relevant marriage counseling links to your marriage counseling site is of paramount importance for generating rankings and traffic, because they're instantly recognized as high value links going to your web site by Google and Yahoo. If you're a drug treatment center, search for Authority directory sites in the drug treatment industry on which to advertise, like Treatment-Centers.net and receive hundreds and even thousands of inbound (super-relevant) links showing up in the Google index in a very short period of time over 2-3 months.

One brief comment on Authority sites - you're probably asking yourself what does this term "Authority site" really mean? Authority sites are category leaders, they're sites in any given industry on the internet that are attributed greater value by search engines than all of the other sites in that field - they're also the most relevant and have the most valuable links available on the entire internet for your specific business... Think about it, if your goal is to rank #1 for "drug interventionist in Massachusetts" the most relevant link on the entire Internet (and therefore the most effectual single link available anywhere in helping you rank) will be from the site that ranks #1 organically for "drug intervention." How do you find Authority sites? Look for sites that you keep finding at the #1 spot, top 5 and top 10 results across a broad sampling of the biggest, broadest, and most generally relevant terms in your industry.

In order to get the links needed to rank for competitive terms, it takes time to research and find the best directories and professional websites from which to get links, legitimately (through link requests, exchanges and advertising contracts). You can also buy links from link brokers or you can pay people to write blog posts on other blogs and link back to you for the purpose of increasing your link value and PageRank (both of which are technically questionable by Google - Google strongly discourages the buying and selling of links for the purpose of increasing search rankings). When building links and considering a certain site for link acquisition, be thorough and ask questions, and always check the other site and see how many links they have coming in. Most importantly, in the case of directory sites, ask them how many links you'll get by listing or advertising with them, and make sure you're getting LIVE links from them. Some sites provide links through internal redirects, negating any value you would otherwise get from the link! (Examples of large resource/directory sites that use internal redirects for links are Soberrecovery.com and Sober.com - Examples of ones that provide LIVE LINKS include SAMHSA, NIDA, Treatment-Centers.net, AboutDrugRehab.com, Drug-Rehabs.com and Intervention-Referral.com) Links with internal redirects look the same as any other links, so always have someone who knows HTML look at the code of the links before you get them.

How many incoming links are necessary to rank well? There is no simple answer to this - you might rank in the top 10 for very targeted 4 and 5 word terms (and of course your own name or the name of your organization) with fewer than 100 incoming links... Ranking for more competitive, more general terms might require anywhere from 1000 to 100,000 incoming links. We also recommend having at least 50-100 web pages packed with well-written, unique, keyword rich content relevant to your practice or treatment program - the more pages of well optimized content the better. Search Engines (especially Google) love content. Give Google what Google wants, i.e. relevant links and rich content about your business and the terms for which people are searching.

Developing and optimizing a successful website for your business in the behavioral healthcare field is an ongoing process, and top-notch rankings aren't garnered overnight. That said, if the advice in this article is followed closely and implemented diligently and consistently, results will ensue very rapidly, rankings will rise, and your website will begin to produce a steady flow of visitor traffic and phone calls into your business.

Authored By:

Bernie Grohsman is an 8 year Internet marketing veteran, and is considered by many the premier Search Engine Optimizer and Internet marketing expert in the Behavioral Healthcare field. His accomplishments include the design and/or optimization of some of the best-ranking and best-known sites in the behavioral health and addiction treatment field, he is the former Director of Internet Marketing for CRC Health Corporation, and is the Founder and owner of Treatment-Centers.net.

Jim Peake is a 15 year Internet marketing veteran with SpeechRep Consulting focused on treatment center marketing and Internet consulting. Jim is also a certified SEO consultant at Submit Express the 10 year old Search Engine Optimization company in Burbank, CA, and is a Technical Marketing consultant for Treatment-Centers.net and strategic consultant for Natural Language Processing Search Engine MyRoar, Inc.

 

 

 

 

Hepatitis C

Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 29 May 2009

Hepatitis C

What is Hepatitis C?


Hepatitis C is caused by the Hepatitis virus (HCV) is an infection of the liver that can cause liver failure in some people. Hepatitis C has no initial symptoms and if it left untreated, it can become chronic and lead to more serious medical complications such as cirrhosis and liver disease, both of which can be fatal.

Cause and Treatment of Hepatitis C


The single most common means of spreading hepatitis C is through shared infected needles among illicit drug users. And for this reason Hepatitis C is the most common disease contracted among IV drug users. Because of the already poor health of most IV drug users and the lack of symptoms when Hepatitis C first enters the body, the infection often goes untreated and up to 85% of those who are acutely infected with Hepatitis C will become chronically infected.  Chronically infected individuals often are unable to acquire complete absence of the HCV virus, which leads to a lifetime of symptoms and treatments to prevent more serious complications from Hepatitis C. Recent studies have shown that 75%-85% of people infected with Hepatitis C will become chronically infected, 60%-70% will develop liver disease, 5-%10% will develop cirrhosis and 1%-5% will die from complications of liver disease like cirrhosis and liver cancer. Hepatitis C is a very serious and dangerous infection and requires prudence with treatments and health maintenance.

Hepatitis C and Addiction


For anyone who contracts Hepatitis C, there are many inherent dangers with complications for the development of liver disease and cirrhosis, both of which can be severely advanced by the consumption of alcohol.  For anyone who has chronic  Hepatitis C and continues to drink alcoholic beverages,  the risks are very high for the development of fatal diseases like cirrhosis and liver disease.  This information is especially critical for addicts and alcoholics, who are already at a higher risk for contracting Hepatitis C and continuing with risky behaviors as a result of their addictions.


Addiction and Hepatitis C tend to go hand in hand because of the high rate of contraction through contaminated needles being shared among IV drug users. For the most part, addicts do not have frequent or regular medical checkups to screen for Hepatitis C and other diseases and ailments. So when Hepatitis C may be caught early by screenings for a more prudent individual, for addicts who may not keep up with their medical checkups, Hepatitis C can go untreated and unnoticed for long periods of time, making the risks for serious complications far greater, diminishing the chances for survival.

Featured Listings

Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 08 May 2009

Welcome to www.treatment-centers.net Featured Advertisers Section for Resource and Referral Sites

Having a featured listing with www.treatment-centers.net as a resource or referral site is the single most valuable form of "advertising investment" you can make to your Internet efforts for your organization.  To understand more read these articles.   http://www.bhcjournal.com/default.aspx?articleId=20936&tabid=255 and http://www.bhcjournal.com/default.aspx?articleId=24538&tabid=255

Featured listings run throughout the directory.  Meaning if you have a featured listing and you are a treatment center in California, that listing will show up on the treatment directory in New Jersey as it rotates through all of the state category pages as well as all 11,500+ of the other featured listings, and every time it shows up, you get a live link from that page.

Why add a featured listing on www.treatment-centers.net ?
1)    www.treatment-centers.net is the #1 treatment directory in the world
2)    www.treatment -centers.net provides  you with exponentially more relevant links than any other site in the treatment industry (links are the most important thing you can do on the internet)
3)    www.treatment-centers.net provides you with leads on occasion
4)    www.treatment-centers.net provides you with qualified clicks/traffic to your site
5)    www.treatment-centers.net provides you with a higher rankings in google because you have a featured listing with us
6)    www.treatment-centers.net has 70,000 - 80,000 people per month looking for treatment
7)    www.treatment-centers.net is serving 225,000 - 250,000 web pages per month
8)    www.treatment-centers.net averages between 2,000 - 3,000 unique visits per day
9)    www.treatment-centers.net ranks very high on Google for almost every state for "treatment center in XYZ State" and many many other keyword phrases, including Ranking #1 for "Drug Treatment Centers" on Google

How fast can you get a featured listing? (less than 30 minutes for most people)

As fast as you can do the following...

1)    Register on www.treatment-centers.net
2)    Create a listing www.treatment-centers.net
3)    Upload at least 1 photo
4)    Hit the paypal link for $1030/month
It takes about 2 hours to get the listing approved, sometimes sooner.

What if I don't have a paypal account?
Set up a paypal account, it can take 15 minutes.  You will have to have your online banking information with you when you do.

What if we want to pay with a check? (Use the paypal check banking system)

What if we want to pay with a wire transfer? (Use the paypal bank transfer system)

What if we need a receipt? (Paypal sends you a receipt every month via e-mail)

Is there a "contract?" (Yes it is a month to month "contract," you can cancel at any time, simply cancel your paypal subscription with www.treatment-centers.net in your PayPal account).

How many links will we get? Depends, but we see anywhere from 500 up to 1,500 links per featured listings

What kinds of links will we be getting? You will only be getting links from the www.treatment-centers.net domain and they will have page ranks of PR2 thru PR5.  What does this mean?  Do a search on Google for the term "page rank" and Google will explain to you what it means.

Why is it a different cost from Listings for Individual Treatment Centers? Featured listings for Resource sites are tantamount to us creating direct competition for Search Engine rankings with ourselves - as a nonbiased Privately owned and run Public Benefit service, we have a unique philosophy - we're perfectly willing to give a boost to websites that are in direct competition for rankings with our own, however it necessitates us charging more for the service (albeit still amazingly inexpensive for the value we're providing) because to retain our placement in the rankings, we then have to increase our own marketing efforts every time we accept an advertiser of this sort...

We allow a maximum of 1 featured listing per physical treatment center location:

Here is the link to our Treatment Directory!!!  treatment-directory.html

Add listing and Photo - remember to make sure you choose the correct category at the top of the add listing form Click Here
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Call Jim Peake 781-631-9691 if you have any questions.

Do you have any other options?
Yes we have another web site called www.aboutdrugrehab.com and you can get a featured listing there
If I want to do a banner ad on the homepage of www.treatment-centers.net what do I need to do? Call Jim Peake for more information. 781-631-9691.

Alcoholism Addiction

Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 18 January 2011

Alcoholism Addiction

Alcoholism addiction is a very wide spread problem throughout the United States. It affects people from every race, ethnicity, social class, economic stature, and gender. Once considered a problem faced primarily by adults, the incidence of younger people who are addicted to alcohol are rising with each subsequent year. This is likely to continue to rise

Signs of Alcoholism Addiction

There are many different signs and symptoms of alcoholism addiction. Knowing the entire variety of these signs and symptoms can help you to evaluate what your next steps should be if you determine that there is a problem with alcohol. If you have any of the signs and symptoms below, then you might have an addiction to alcohol.

Drinking secretly or alone. If you are drinking secretly or alone, then it is likely that you have an addiction to alcohol.

Having drinks at the same time every day. Many people with alcoholism addiction have a ritual that includes having drinks at a certain time of the day. There may be other aspects to this ritual as well. For example, you might watch the news, T.V. or read the newspaper while you are having your drinks. If you are not able to carry out this drinking ritual, and if you get irritated due to your inability to follow your drinking ritual, it is likely that you are addicted to alcohol. People who have alcoholism addiction also become irritated if someone questions their desire to have the ritual.

Blacking out. Many people are familiar with this term when it is used in connection with drinking. It means that you forgot things that have happened while you were drinking. You might not remember conversations that you have had with people or you might not remember things that you did when you were drinking. At other times, you might forget commitments that you made before you started drinking. Or you might forget commitments that you make while you are drinking. Having any type of blackout means you likely have a problem with alcohol addiction.

Not being able to stop drinking once you start. For many people, drinking alcohol is a social activity. These people will have one or two drinks while they are at a party. These drinks are often ingested while eating, either with a meal or appetizers. People who drink socially are typically able to simply stop drinking after they have had one or two drinks. For those people who have alcoholism addiction, stopping once they start drinking is not only difficult, many people discover that they cannot do so.


Your hobbies do not interest you. If you discover that hobbies and interests that you previously enjoyed no longer provide you with pleasure and entertainment, then you might have an alcoholism addiction. This is particularly true if you are too busy thinking about when you will be able to get your next drink or where you will be when are you able to drink next. You also might be thinking that none of your previous hobbies or interests are as much fun as drinking.

Keeping your alcohol hidden in unexpected places. If you find yourself stashing alcohol in odd places throughout your home so that it is easier to reach, or if you find yourself keeping a bottle of alcohol in your car, you are likely on your way to alcoholism addiction. Keeping alcohol in unexpected places is often done in secrecy as well. Or you might do it to keep your drinking a secret.

Symptoms of Alcoholism Addiction

Feeling like you need a drink. If you are having a problem with alcoholism addiction, you will likely feel a strong urge or desire to drink. Often these desires or urges are triggered by the time of the day or the events going on around you. Many people also feel a strong desire or urge to drink during times of stress. You might also notice that this feeling surfaces when you are around certain people. These people often have an association with drinking in your mind.

Having physical symptoms if you are not drinking. Although many people have experienced the occasional upset stomach and headache the day after they drink a few drinks too many, this is not necessarily a sign of having alcoholism addiction. Rather, it is a sign that you did drink too much for your body. You should reconsider how much you drink on future occasions. Having physical symptoms such as shaking, nausea, and sweating because you are not drinking and you do not have any alcohol in your body, is a sign that your body is addicted to alcohol. Having a physical reaction means that your body is craving the alcohol so badly that it has moved into a physical stage of withdrawal.

You need more to drink. If your body begins to develop a tolerance for alcohol, that is a sign that you have alcoholism addiction. A tolerance for alcohol means that you are no longer able to feel the effects of the alcohol that you drink. You need more drinks in order to feel the same effects that you would have felt at an earlier time with fewer drinks.

Alcohol affects your relationships. Alcoholism addiction will often make important areas of your life very difficult. You might find that you are having a hard time keeping a job because you have had too much to drink. Or you could discover that your significant other does not approve of your drinking due to the frequency of the drinking or your actions while you are drinking.

If you have any of the above signs and symptoms of alcoholism addiction, you should seek the care of a highly qualified professional who is trained in this type of alcoholism addiction behavior.

Milk Thistle

Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 17 June 2009

Milk Thistle and Liver Disease

What is Milk Thistle?

Milk thistle is a plant native to Europe that can also be found in the United States and South America with a long history of use as a remedy for liver disorders and diseases. The active component of milk thistle is  silymarin, and antioxidant that protects against cell damage, which is found in the seeds of the milk thistle plant.  For more than 2,000 years, milk thistle has been used as a remedy for liver and gallbladder disorders and today, scientific research remains ongoing to determine the exact extent of benefit milk thistle has on liver diseases such as cirrhosis and chronic hepatitis. Milk thistle is also referred to as holy thistle Mary thistle, wild artichoke and the botanical name for milk thistle is Silybum marianum.

Usually administered orally in capsule or tablet form, milk thistle supplements are measured by the amount of silybin they contain.

How Does MIlk Thistle Effect Chronic Hepatitis and Cirrhosis?

Since liver diseases such as hepatitis and cirrhosis create abnormal functioning of the liver by attacking and killing healthy cells in the liver, causing inflammation associated with the damaged liver as it creates more cells to repair the dead and injured ones. Within walls of scar tissue caused by the cell production, clusters of new cells remain venerable  to attack by the liver disease itself.

The active component in milk thistle is silymarin which acts as an antioxidant protecting against cell damage in the liver. In clinical trials, the silymarin in milk thistle has been shown to act as an antioxidant by strengthening cell walls, which helps to prevent toxins from getting into healthy cells. The silymarin in milk thistle has also been shown to stimulate enzymes, which reduce the harmfulness of toxins to the liver.

These antioxidant functions of milk thistle have been proven to shown significant improvements in continued liver damage and disease, when taken as recommended.

Millions of people worldwide with problems from high liver enzymes to chronic hepatitis credit their improved health and survival to milk thistle and the antioxidant roles the silymarin plays in their bodies. As a completely natural alternative to synthetic drugs produced by pharmaceutical companies for profit, milk thistle has proven to have detoxifying and  liver strengthening effects in the human body and millions have experienced significant improvements in liver function after recommended dosage over just a few months.

With very few side effects, milk thistle is one of the safest supplements available today with such a dramatic effect on liver disorders.  Milk thistle should not be taken by those who have allergic reactions to other plants in the aster family or to artichokes, kiwi, or daisies, as well as any other components of milk thistle (silibinin, silychistin, silymonin or siliandrin).  People allergic to these substances may suffer from anaphylactic shock from milk thistle tea or milk thistle tablets.  As with any supplement or medication, it is always important to check with a medical professional and consider any allergies as well as interactions milk thistle may have with any other medications being taken.

Other Uses for Milk Thistle

Milk thistle is being studied in clinical trials all around the world for other possible benefits it may have in battling ailments and disorders in the human body.  Preliminary studies on the effectiveness of milk thistle on disorders such as cancer, acute viral hepatitis, amanita phalloides mushroom poisoning, diabetes, and high cholesterol are underway.  Some preliminary tests have shown a propensity for milk thistle to enhance the effectiveness of certain treatments already in use.   Milk thistle has shown promising initial clinical study reports for both enhancing the effectiveness of already used treatments, as well as a stand-alone treatment for many liver disorders such as hepatitis and cirrhosis.  Many health professionals are looking forward to being able to offer a highly effective and all natural treatment for these various life-threatening conditions.

Milk Thistle

Milk thistle has been used as a treatment for liver disorders and diseases for thousands of years and in today’s world, millions of people swear by the components of milk thistle with antioxidant actions on the liver and it’s functions.  Not only is milk thistle a widely used and accepted form of treatment for liver disorders, but it’s effectiveness has been proven in clinical testing to the point at which it can be recommended as a supplemental treatment for liver disorders and improved liver function by healthcare professionals.

With infrequent and mild side effects, milk thistle is among the safest supplemental treatments for problems as serious as liver disorders and poor function.  The millions of people who have found relief and improved liver function by taking milk thistle as recommended are walking, proven studies of the effectiveness of milk thistle on the liver and it’s function. As we constantly strive to find more holistic means of healing ourselves, milk thistle is among the strongest supplemental trailblazers.

Alcoholism

Last Updated: 25 July 2012 Published: 18 January 2011

Alcoholism

Alcoholism is a condition that can have devastating effects on both the person who is suffering from the condition their family members, both extended and immediate. Although this condition is becoming less of a taboo subject, it still remains something that is often not talked about among the family and friends of the person who is under the control of alcohol and drugs.

Being Addicted to Alcohol

Like other types of addictions, alcoholism is characterized by the inability of the person to function as a productive member of society without the use of alcohol. In fact, in many instances such a great amount of alcohol use tends to lead to the breakdown of that person's ability to be a productive member of society. In many cases, that person cannot adequately perform the steps needed to keep their job. Either they are unable to remember that they need to be at their place of employment at a certain time or they have been unable to return to their jobs due to the fact that they have been drinking or are drunk during those times.

Signs of Alcoholism

This inability to keep a job due to their drinking is a key factor in determining whether or not someone suffers from alcoholism. By the point of time which someone finds themselves unable to work due to their drinking, they have already experienced some level of conflict with their family or friends due to the level of drinking.

These people, as a result, often hide their drinking in order to avoid such conflicts with those people who are close to them. In other instances, people with alcoholism might find themselves putting their bottles of alcoholic beverages in odd or unlikely places. These include in their cars, in various places throughout their homes and within their clothing.

Effects of Alcoholism

There are many negative effects that can be directly attributed to alcoholism. These are both physical and emotional in nature. People who suffer from the disease of alcoholism often suffer from depression, liver diseases, pancreatic disease, and heart diseases. It can also lead to some people falling into a coma. This is particularly true if a large amount of alcohol is consumed within a short amount of time.

Pregnant women who drink are also much more likely to give birth to babies that have some type problem from the alcohol that was consumed by the mother during the pregnancy.

Treatments for Alcoholism

Fortunately for people today, treatment for alcoholism has made significant advances. For most cases when people are suffering from alcoholism, a two prong approach is used. This involves some type of medication as well as some type of counseling.

Medications Used in Treating Alcoholism

The medicines that are used in the treatment of alcoholism are usually focused on one of two areas. The first area of medical treatment tends to focus on lessening the severity of the effects that withdrawal from alcohol can have on the person's body. Although alcoholism is often considered thinking disease because of the effects that it has on the brain, if a person is addicted to alcohol, their body will also show profound effects from such an addiction.

However, the effects of withdrawal are not limited to the physical. Many people also experience severe physiological effects from the withdrawal of the alcohol that the body has become so used to over a long period of time. For this reason, many treatment plans includes measures that are designed to combat the anxiety, depression and hopelessness that are often seen in people who are withdrawing from alcohol.

The other type of medication that is often used when a person is getting treatment for alcoholism are those medicines that are designed to help prevent a person from drinking in the first place. These medications can be useful for quite a long period of time even after a person has successfully withdrawn from the alcohol. These medications help the person to not want to drink due to the effects of the medication. If a person drinks while taking this medication, they often experience the unpleasant effects of a hangover. These include a headache, nausea, and other similar effects.

Counseling for Alcoholism

If you are seeking treatment from being addicted to alcohol, you will find that medications are not the only form of treatment that is available. In fact, if you are to have success at beating your alcoholism, you will also need to have some form of counseling. You will likely be able to have the services of a counselor who is able to see you on a one to one basis.

This type of counseling is an important step in your treatment plan. With this counselor, you will explore the reasons and ideas behind your alcoholism. You will also be able to identify your unique triggers and other circumstances that lead to your drinking. By identifying these issues, you will then be able to work with your counselor to be able to address them. In addition, you will be given a number of tools that you will be able to put into place that will allow you to have other alternatives to deal with your triggers instead of drinking alcohol.

Having access to a group therapy program is also another type of counseling that is open to you. This is one that you should also take advantage of. It will be easier for you to identify with your alcoholism if you are able to see and hear other people talk about their experiences and journeys as they battle alcoholism themselves. You will meet people who are in all different stages of their fight with alcoholism. In addition, you could even provide the needed help to someone who is looking for the support they need to beat this disease.

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