ENTRY: MAT Protocol in Need of Empathy–NOT Sympathy

As a person facing true substance use disorder, you do in fact have many options when it comes to attaining sobriety, and in turn a life built around everlasting recovery.  Inpatient rehabs are widely considered the gold-standard when it comes to initial sobriety.  I say 'initial' since, just as with any option for treatment, getting … Continue reading ENTRY: MAT Protocol in Need of Empathy–NOT Sympathy

CHECK THIS: Living life with bipolar, med-free

Since a few of my fellow bloggers have asked me how I manage day to day life “medication-free”, I thought I would blog about how I cope from one day to the next without popping the pills. Please don’t get me wrong, just because I’m managing life without the meds, that doesn’t […] via Living life … Continue reading CHECK THIS: Living life with bipolar, med-free

MEDIA: How to Cope with Lying and Addiction

We’ve all been challenged by our kids lying when they have a substance use problem. Your child may tell an outright lie, or they may omit information. Either way, it is a struggle to deal with.  I recently spoke with a mom who was frustrated with her son’s lying. “I want him to admit the … Continue reading MEDIA: How to Cope with Lying and Addiction

From1-2-1: Addiction & Mental Health… The Toll it Takes

When I was 15 years old, I took my very first drink of alcohol. It was the weekend after I was abused and it tasted so good. I never realized a drink could diminish and even erase feeling associated with the trauma I had gone through. That was it; I knew the solution to all … Continue reading From1-2-1: Addiction & Mental Health… The Toll it Takes

ENTRY: Praying the Way You Want to

I love crafting my own prayers.  It's a special, sacred way of communicating with Higher Power, or God in my case.  Of course, the prayers must be written down, so that I can keep revisiting them.  They then serve like journal entries, as well.  So, these homemade devotions make for very detailed and colorful time … Continue reading ENTRY: Praying the Way You Want to

Tapering: Proof that it’s Absolutely Possible

The following post is just a small excerpt of an original (& very informative!) entry from addiction specialist Dr. Jana Burson's blog.  This year I’ve had three long-term patients taper off the buprenorphine products I was prescribing. All three are doing well and are happy with their treatment outcome. Since tapering off buprenorphine products can … Continue reading Tapering: Proof that it’s Absolutely Possible

From1-2-1: Even in Dark & Lonely Times, Amanda Still has Recovery

I have been sober for 3 months now. I have learned a great deal about myself and why I started using in the first place.  Many of my problems revolve around my relationship with my family.  It's not good.  Let's just say that it's not the typical relationship that you would have with your family.  … Continue reading From1-2-1: Even in Dark & Lonely Times, Amanda Still has Recovery

MEDIA: A greatly overshadowed risk in the US

And this is basically just Australia.  Since we're dealing with a gravely serious opioid problem in the United States, mainstream media doesn't often discuss the dangers of benzodiazepines like Xanax (alprazolam), Klonopin (clonazepam), or Ativan (lorazepam).  Plus, I feel like kids and teens actually have an even greater chance of finding these types of drugs … Continue reading MEDIA: A greatly overshadowed risk in the US

NEWS FEED: Non-Addictive Painkiller Found Effective

These scientists have been working to find a safe, non-addictive pain killer to help fight the current opioid crisis in this country – and they may have done just that. Known as AT-121, the new chemical compound has dual therapeutic action that suppressed the addictive effects of opioids and produced morphine-like analgesic effects in non-human primates. … Continue reading NEWS FEED: Non-Addictive Painkiller Found Effective