MEDIA: Coronavirus PANdemic vs. opioid EPIdemic?

WASHINGTON — The fumbled response to the first coronavirus case potentially contracted within a U.S. community, in California, shows how health professionals on the front lines can be quickly overmatched by the stealthy disease. And the prospect of more widespread outbreaks could put major stress on state and local health departments that are underfunded and … Continue reading MEDIA: Coronavirus PANdemic vs. opioid EPIdemic?

SHARED: Anyone Wonder What the Authority of the Bible Says About Addiction? — NationalAddictionNews.com

Addiction is a word typically used to describe a person’s dependence upon a substance or habit, either physically or psychologically. Though traditionally used in relation to the abuse of alcohol or drugs, people also use addiction to describe an unhealthy focus on other areas ranging from food to video games. What does the Bible teach … Continue reading SHARED: Anyone Wonder What the Authority of the Bible Says About Addiction? — NationalAddictionNews.com

FOOD4Thought: Trouble in relationships

Don’t Blame Yourself There’s a good chance the alcoholic or addict will try to make you believe that it is your fault that he or she picked up. The addict will tell you that if you didn’t say or do certain things, the relapse wouldn’t have happened. This is absolutely not true. Alcoholics have the … Continue reading FOOD4Thought: Trouble in relationships

MEDIA: Confronting the Opioids Epidemic in Our Communities

As America’s opioid epidemic continues to impact communities large and small, new trends are raising new challenges for doctors and policymakers. While opioid-related overdose remains a top concern, the epidemic is now driven by illicitly manufactured fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from drug-related overdoses, according to the U.S. … Continue reading MEDIA: Confronting the Opioids Epidemic in Our Communities

SHARED: Yet another use for CBD oil… stampin’ out acne! (RJ Plant)

Although you probably remember learning about mitochondria and the Cold War back in high school, there’s one lesson we all wish we’d learned then: that leaving our teen years behind does not necessarily mean being acne-free. While most of us hoped that our breakouts would be the least of our worries after our prom photos … Continue reading SHARED: Yet another use for CBD oil… stampin’ out acne! (RJ Plant)

ENTRY: Vaccinating in youth a catalyst for addiction later on?

So, I recently came across this rather small photo on the fringe of some random website recently.  I was, quite frankly, appalled.  Check this out: Let me just say, what the hell!?  I really, truly am stunned and disgusted by this ad or whatever you want to call it. Ridiculous. Just to sum it up. … Continue reading ENTRY: Vaccinating in youth a catalyst for addiction later on?

POETRY: Just Beneath the Surface

"Just Beneath the Surface" by Dean B. [circa 2000] Just beneath the surface of her pleasant, winning smile, Pompous and indignant, it’s been there quite a while, Comforting, reliable, it keeps her in the dark, At least a million reasons and subtle quirks remark: “Sure it makes a lot of sense!” she’ll deal with it … Continue reading POETRY: Just Beneath the Surface

sizzlin’STORIES: Opioid Rx misuse higher in LGBTQ people, study finds

A new study on prescription opioid misuse rates by sexual orientation confirms what earlier, less comprehensive studies suggested: Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are at a higher risk for misusing opioids, according to researchers. But the study also raises questions about a worrisome trend in one subset in the LGBT community. If opioid abuse rates … Continue reading sizzlin’STORIES: Opioid Rx misuse higher in LGBTQ people, study finds

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