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Detecting Opioid Addiction in Older Adults

Despite common belief, addiction is a nondiscriminatory disease that can affect anyone, regardless of age, color, race, ethnicity, financial status, or gender. Addiction can take place in a wide range of forms, including prescription medication addiction. Of the large majority of the United States population suffering from chronic pain, many of those individuals are prescribed medications to relieve their symptoms. Physicians most commonly prescribe opioids for the pain, and benzodiazepines for any feelings of anxiety or inability to sleep caused by the pain itself. In prescribing these medications, physicians expect patients to only consume the instructed dosage, and to stop taking the medications once the pain has subsided. Unfortunately, many […]

How Long Does It Really Take To Kick Addiction?

How Long Does It Really Take To Kick Addiction? So, how long does it really take to kick addiction? Like most illnesses, addiction recovery timelines are directly dependent on the individual at hand. Many considering seeking treatment are more concerned with how long they will have to commit to such treatment programs, as opposed to the results. There is truly no clear definition for how long it takes to kick addiction. Treatment programs can range from 28 days to 90 days to long term. The length of your treatment is directly dependent on the power of your addiction. Most physicians would agree that in order to find success in treating […]

September is National Recovery Month!

September is National Recovery Month! National Recovery Month strives to educate those living with mental and/or substance abuse disorders of available treatment solutions that can allow them to live a healthy and gratifying life. In its 25th year of recognition, National Recovery Month not only educates those in need of help of available treatment options, but it also takes a moment to highlight treatment successes of many individuals. Join us as we present Dr. Mohammad speaking about Today’s Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). Click here http://www.recoverymonth.gov/Community-Events/2014/Medication-Assisted-Treatment-Today-11878.aspx During the month of September, we ask that you go above and beyond to educate those around you of the various treatment options for those […]

New School Year, New Drinking Habits?

The start of a new school year can initiate a variety of things – new friends, new living facilities, new university or college, new experiences, and of course, new habits. During these developmental years of your young adult’s life, they will begin to determine what kind of people they want to be associated with and what type of habits they will develop. Sadly, the college environment known as the “college experience” typically involves alcohol consumption and binge drinking. Accessibility of alcohol, peer influence, and new stressors often lead to alcohol consumption by new college students. College Drinking Statistics: 80% of college students drink, with half of those college students participating […]

Exposing the Stigma of Bipolar Disorder

As the term “bipolar” continues to be thrown around on a daily basis referring to someone who is experiencing a minor mood swing, it becomes increasingly more relevant that we set boundaries for the term. Bipolar disorder is a manic-depressive illness that affects the brain, causing abrupt changes in mood and activity levels. Bipolar disorder often affects ones ability to continue or complete daily tasks. Bipolar disorder does not refer to common mood swings. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), there are approximately 5.7 million individuals suffering from bipolar disorder in the United States, with the majority of them not receiving the appropriate treatment. Published by the […]

Common Myths About Depression Dispelled

Common Myths About Depression Dispelled As the recent suicide of Robin Williams has brought the topic of depression to the forefront, it is important that we dispel some very common myths about the disease – Yes, disease. Many individuals fail to recognize depression as a disease; rather, they assume that individuals choose this path. A survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that approximately 9.1% of Americans live with depression. Despite common misconception, depression does not affect a certain race, age, or sex. Depression sees no barriers, boundaries, or bank accounts. With the recent tragedy of Robin William’s suicide, it is apparent that depression can affect […]

Medications That Might Help Treat Alcoholism

Medications That Might Help Treat Alcoholism While it’s not talked about much, there are actually medications available that can aid patients in the treatment of alcoholism. What’s surprising is how few people, including medical professionals, know about them. The Journal of American Medicine Association (JAMA) released a paper earlier this year, which analyzed more than a 120 research studies. All of these studies focused on the benefits of Pharmacotherapy, or prescription medication, in the treatment of alcoholism. The majority of them looked at two medications, Naltrexone (Vivitrol) and Acamprosate (Campral). Both medications, according to the JAMA paper, made alcoholics less likely to drink, and when they did relapse, the meds […]

NIDA – 13 Principles for Effective Treatment of Addiction

NIDA – 13 Principles for Effective Treatment of Addiction The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is a federal agency affiliated with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and its mission is to use scientific research about drug and alcohol abuse to aid in prevention, treatment, and public policy. In 1999, NIDA issued 13 principles of effective treatment for drug addiction, and these principles still hold true today. These were formulated after years of research and evidence that shows all of these must be applied together for treatment to be successful. What Principles Do NIDA Consider Effective? 1. Treatment should be individualized to suit the needs of each person. 2. […]

Choosing Between Inpatient and Outpatient Addiction Treatment

Choosing Between Inpatient and Outpatient Addiction Treatment When it comes to addiction recovery, there are plenty of options to choose from, and the choice between inpatient and outpatient treatment is one of the first decisions to make. Each person is different and has a different set of challenges that can be more or less severe than the next person’s. The key is finding the most effective approach for an individual seeking help from issues of addiction. The first step in determining the best course of treatment comes after a thorough assessment by a qualified addiction specialist. Inpatient or Residential Treatment Programs are generally a minimum of 28 days but can […]

Shaking the Monkey – How Long Does Detox Take?

Shaking the Monkey – How Long Does Detox Take? Mention the word “detox” in conversation these days, and most everyone will assume you’re talking about a new fad diet, which likely involves some type of organic fruit and vegetable juices. However, for the 20 million people in the United States who struggle with addiction to drugs and alcohol, the word “detox” carries a much more serious meaning. Detoxification is the removal of toxic substances from a living organism, such as a human being that’s battled with long-term or short-term substance abuse issues. For many, the dread of experiencing painful withdrawal symptoms, which can arise during detox, is enough to keep […]