The dried leaves of a hemp plant that contain THC, the psychoactive ingredient released by smoking or ingesting the marijuana. Marijuana possession is still federally prohibited but many states are experimenting with and a few have decriminalized ‘personal use’ possession. There are a lot of slang terms for marijuana and the various different types, like Mary Jane, chronic, & 420.
Because nutrition and food become a battleground for families where a child suffers anorexia, bulimia or other eating disorders, Meal Support Therapy helps bring the parents into the treatment, and highlight the thoughts and feelings around food and meals that the patient experiences. MST also provides many strategies to move from “forcing” to actively assisting a new interaction with mealtime. MST includes role-modeling, boundary-setting, communication and coaching skills.
Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) combines typical behavioral therapies with specialized medications to treat substance use disorders and tobacco. “Medications are primarily used to treat substance use disorders related to opioids and alcohol. Among the most commonly used medications are Methadone, Buprenorphine, Naltrexone, Acamprosate and Disulfiram.” (http://www.socialworktoday.com/archive/novdec2007p40.shtml)
Research is available at http://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment
A detailed overview of how MAT is provided is found at http://www.socialworktoday.com/archive/091514p30.shtml
This ancient practice of quiet and intense single-minded focus as a practice of spiritual acceptance has gained serious inroads in therapy and therapeutic programming, as a vector for reducing anxiety and impulsivity, promoting peacefulness, compassion, and an “indestructible sense of well-being”.
Moderation Management (MM) is another alternative to 12 Step. The key to this model is it is for those who are not at a crisis point and are interested in assessing where they are in terms of needing help with alcohol or drug use. These are the six assumptions of MM:
Problem drinkers should be offered a choice of behavioral change goals.
Harmful drinking habits should be addressed at a very early stage, before problems become severe.
Problem drinkers can make informed choices about moderation or abstinence goals based upon educational information and the experiences shared at self-help groups.
Harm reduction is a worthwhile goal, especially when the total elimination of harm or risk is not a realistic option.
People should not be forced to change in ways they do not choose willingly.
Moderation is a natural part of the process from harmful drinking, regardless of whether moderation or abstinence becomes the final goal. In other words, most individuals who are able to maintain total abstinence first attempted to reduce their drinking, unsuccessfully.
Moderation programs shorten the process of "discovering" if moderation is a workable solution by providing concrete guidelines about the limits of moderate alcohol consumption.
Clinically, “mood” refers to a persistent emotional state that affects perception, rather than simply the passing feeling. And so a mood disorder primarily refers to depression and mania, and bipolar experiences (see also PTSD). These mood states profoundly affect relationships and work performance. Regularly, sufferers use psychotherapy and often medication to stabilize their moods.
Motivational interviewing techniques are used in MET to help people who presently express ambivalence about drug use generate clearer principles and resistance. MET has shown efficacy in alcohol and marijuana treatment, with less success with methamphetamines. “In general, MET seems to be more effective for engaging drug abusers in treatment than for producing changes in drug use.”
A critical difference in MI is the collaborative intent, that therapy using MI is not an expert-client approach, is not goal-oriented or psychoeducational but rather intends a very different relationship that is more team-oriented.