Managed-Alcohol Programs in Canada… A new take on MAT, but perhaps a good one

In a converted hotel in the west of the city of Ottawa, a quiet, orderly queue snakes around the reception area. The men and women are mostly middle-aged or older. Some of them use sticks, walkers or wheelchairs, their health fragile after a lifetime of booze. But it is their hands that stand out - … Continue reading Managed-Alcohol Programs in Canada… A new take on MAT, but perhaps a good one

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

MEDIA: A Real-Life Catch Me if You Can (No Joke)

I just rediscovered this video online.  This was one part of a past "20/20" (ABC) special, and it chronicled the life of boy-next-door Anthony Curcio.  Yes, as you might have guessed, he does become addicted to drugs... Nevertheless, you will surely be enlightened. I'm sharing the video because I truly want everyone to pay attention … Continue reading MEDIA: A Real-Life Catch Me if You Can (No Joke)

MEDIA: A Hippocratic Hypocrisy

The video shown here is, in a word, startling.  Sadly, there are many heedless doctors out there still that waste no time in churning out dozens of Vicodin and Valium scripts, simply because they know the patient wants it.  And even if the prescription calls for only seven or 10 pills, that does not at … Continue reading MEDIA: A Hippocratic Hypocrisy