ENTRY: Patients inflate use history to ensure treatment

Being in recovery myself, I tend to notice certain behaviors of the folks seeking recovery themselves as they proceed through the intake process at work.  In case you weren’t already aware, I work as a peer recovery coach at a treatment center specializing in MAT therapy (we offer both methadone and Suboxone) and mental health … Continue reading ENTRY: Patients inflate use history to ensure treatment

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

FO’REAL?!?: Examining the potential impact of cold weather on opioid use (NAN)

A new study finds that cold weather snaps are followed by a marked increase in fatal opioid overdoses. A research team led by Brandon Marshall, an associate professor of epidemiology at Brown University’s School of Public Health, found a 25 percent increase in fatal opioid overdoses after periods of freezing temperatures compared to days with an average temperature of 52 … Continue reading FO’REAL?!?: Examining the potential impact of cold weather on opioid use (NAN)

NEWS RELEASE: Federal Opioid Pill Bust Reveals Doctors Trading Pills for Sex, Dentists Pulling Good Teeth

CINCINNATI – They were medical professionals but they traded prescription pain pills for sex, prosecutors say. Others let untrained office workers examine patients, leaving a blank prescription pad at the clinic, their indictments reveal. One dentist extracted the healthy teeth of patients as an excuse to give them painkillers, the feds say. Two of the … Continue reading NEWS RELEASE: Federal Opioid Pill Bust Reveals Doctors Trading Pills for Sex, Dentists Pulling Good Teeth

ENTRY: Figuring out my own grief, placing spotlight on homemade “liquid benzos”

Right now, I am attempting to process my thoughts, general feelings, and spiritual inclinations, if you will.  And, as you might imagine, I'm trying to do that without foreign substances.  It has been an extremely difficult, trying week. As some of the readers on here might know, I work at a treatment center in greater … Continue reading ENTRY: Figuring out my own grief, placing spotlight on homemade “liquid benzos”

I Have to Complain Today – is Anyone There? — National Addiction News

I wanted to bring some rarely talked about awareness about marijuana to Facebook, simply because it’s becoming more and more legal in more and more states here in the US. So, I put a simple little ‘sign’ up that I made that absolutely blew it up. My one sentence that I posted is below, and … Continue reading I Have to Complain Today – is Anyone There? — National Addiction News

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