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Are Opioids to Blame for the Sharp Rise in Cocaine Overdoses?

Friday, December 8, 2017,
Author: Nadia Buza
Categories: Addiction Medicine
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Cocaine use has gone down in recent years, yet overdoses are on the rise – and recent studies indicate that concurrent opioid use may be driving the increase.

As practitioners and counselors, we need to recognize this as a significant development.  By educating ourselves and taking this additional risk into account in treating addicts who use either cocaine or opioids, we can effectively decrease the risk of overdose in our patients.

To gain a deeper understanding of the issue, let’s examine the statistics and history of this killer combination, why it’s so dangerous and ultimately, what it means for the future of substance addiction treatment.

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Too Many Illicit Drugs to Be Able to Keep Track of Them All

Friday, December 8, 2017,
Categories: Addiction Medicine
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[1]Hundreds of new psychoactive substances have emerged in our culture over the past few years; these substances are powerful, life threatening and often times killers of our young people! A recent study from New York University concluded that use of these type of substances is under-reported. During the NYU study, they surveyed people attending NYC EDM parties in reference to their use of drugs. Approximately one individual out of ten reported no use of “bath salts,” a synthetic cathinone that are amphetamine-like stimulants.  An example of this is Alpha-PVP, also known as “Flakka.” However, the same individuals who denied use as per the gate question, then reported use of at least one or more drugs in this class, such as methylone.  This shows evidence of under-reporting.

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Counseling for Alcoholics

Saturday, July 1, 2017,
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When someone is struggling with alcohol dependency it is difficult to remember how they ended up like that. At some point along the way, the level of alcohol consumption crossed over into dangerous territory—often increasing due to an underlying emotional issue that the alcohol is used to self-medicate. Before long, chemical dependency has developed.

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Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine Impacted by SPECT Imagery

Saturday, February 25, 2017,
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If your son or daughter has a substance abuse disorder and is given a dual diagnosis for a mental health issue, how do you know if the psychiatrist has made the correct diagnosis? Most often the doctor will listen to the patient, look for symptom clusters, make a diagnosis, and prescribe a medication or medications for the patient. The problem here is that psychiatrists don’t look at the problem; they guess! All other doctors look inside of the patient, to see what the problem is; they test and see what is actually happening to the patient in function and structure. Psychiatrists take out their crystal ball and they guess what the problem could be, without actually looking inside the brain. They are treating patients the same way that they were in 1818 when German physician Johann Christian Reil coined the term “psychiatry.”

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Joy Hacking and the Future of Happiness

Tuesday, September 13, 2016,
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I popped the pink pill into my mouth and waited for the expected feelings of ecstasy.  No, the pill wasn't the drug XTC, but rather a legal and safe alternative.

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Marijuana: Its effects and mechanisms of action

Tuesday, May 5, 2015,
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Dr. Darryl Inaba is Director of Clinical and Behavioral Health Services for the Addictions Recovery Center and Director of Research and Education of CNS Productions in Medford, Oregon. He is an associate Clinical Professor at the University of California in San Francisco, CA., Special Consultant, Instructor, at the University of Utah School on Alcohol and Other Drug Dependencies in Salt Lake City, UT and a Lifetime Fellow at Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, Inc., in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Inaba has authored several papers, award winning educational films and is co-author of Uppers, Downers, All Arounders a text on addiction and related disorders that is used in more than 400 colleges and universities. He has been honored with over 90 individual awards for his work in the areas of prevention and treatment of substance abuse problems. In March 2015, RecoveryView.com interviewed Dr. Inaba on what is the current knowledge of marijuana’s effects and mechanisms of action in the human body.

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International Sportscience Institute

Monday, May 4, 2015,
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The International Sportscience Institute (ISI) in West Los Angeles has been serving patients locally, nationwide, and internationally for over 25 years, always at the forefront of both clinical application and science.  Most recently, ISI has introduced a unique medical program called NeuroRecover-ISI, which produces remarkably quick and long-lasting results for addiction recovery.

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The Use and Misuse of Opiates in Pain Management

Wednesday, March 11, 2015,
Categories: Addiction Medicine
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Addiction: Conditioning the brain for reward

            It is estimated that there are 1.7 million heroin and 3 to 4 million prescription opiate addicts in America. Recent data informs us that in this current era of opiate abuse more people are dying from prescription drug overdoses including opiates than are dying from highway accidents.  To better understand what we in the treatment and recovery field are facing, it is useful to consider the science of pain and reward.

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Medical Professionals at Risk for Substance Abuse

Friday, November 14, 2014,
Author: Dan Howard
Categories: Addiction Medicine
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Prescription drug abuse, rampant among all demographics, is also affecting the medical community. A recent review indicates that more than one hundred thousand medical professionals—doctors, nurses, technicians, and aides—misuse or are addicted to medications that clearly affect their performance in the workplace.

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Twelve Step Programs and Neurobiology: How the Rooms Rewire Us

Monday, November 4, 2013,
Author: Anonym
Categories: Addiction Medicine
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Why do we so often feel better after attending a twelve step meeting? Why, even on days when we don’t have any huge “ahas” do we still know we are somehow better off, calmer and more balanced emotionally just because we had our “soles” in the room?  Some of that answer lies in neurobiology. Because of the way our nervous systems are put together, going to meetings can actually restructure our limbic systems.

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