Drug Addicts and Their Families Are Showing the Way to a Better National Drug Policy

Drug addicts’ stories are infinitely varied and specific, but they have a near-universal common core. Each addict’s tortured journey begins with “experimenting”—using drugs with friends who use the same drugs. It starts out with no problems. This innocent flirtation progresses, sometimes rapidly, sometimes slowly, into an abusive chemical love affair as drug-caused problems emerge and […]

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How to Live One Day at a Time: Acceptance

In a previous piece I discussed Awareness, being conscious of what is happening around us and inside us. In Twelve-Step recovery, awareness is noticing when our behavior is being driven by a character defect (such as dishonesty) rather than a spiritual principle (such as honesty).  When we are aware of our behaviors and the motivations […]

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LSD: Bad Trips, Pseudo Hallucinogenic Perception Disorder, Flashbacks

The psychoactive qualities of lysergic acid diethylamide, first synthesized in the 1930s, were first reported by Dr. Albert Hofmann of Sandoz Pharmaceuticals in Switzerland in 1943. Although some psychiatrists initially felt that LSD might have therapeutic value, military and intelligence agencies conducted experiments to determine its potential for more global purposes. Its desirability as a recreational […]

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How to Live One Day at a Time

Awareness. Awareness is being conscious of what is happening around us and inside us. When we’re walking down the street and are aware of our surroundings we are conscious of businesses across the street, of the people walking behind us. We’re aware of the expressions on people’s faces, aware of whether it’s sunny or cloudy, […]

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Should the Government Repeal Restrictions on Buprenorphine/Naloxone in the Short-Term, Not the Long-Term?

There is a plethora of research indicating opioid dependence can be successfully treated with either buprenorphine alone or with buprenorphine in combination with naloxone (Suboxone®; Subsolve®). However, we encourage caution in long-term maintenance using these drugs, even considering the lack of any other FDA approved opioid maintenance compound to date. Our concern has been supported […]

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Exercise and Recovery: Stress Reduction

In my previous blog post, we discussed the role of exercise as an effective treatment intervention for depression, and patients in recovery from drug and alcohol dependence. The importance of stress reduction cannot be overstated when addressing the management of these disorders. Stress results from a number of sources, and is a bio-psycho-social phenomenon. It […]

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What Alcohol Does to Your Brain

In case you think stories about how alcohol can damage the brain are untrue, you should know that according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism around 50% of all alcoholics in the U.S. will suffer neuropsychological problems related to drinking. Difficulties may be mild or severe, permanent or temporary, but statistics show that alcoholics […]

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Antibody-Based Drug Shows Benefits for Meth Addiction Treatment

An Adeno-Associated Virus (AAV)-based medication that was recently developed could potentially offer protective effects for patients attempting to stop using methamphetamine. Eric Peterson, PhD, and colleagues at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences have used AAV particles to deliver genes that produce high-affinity, anti-meth antibody fragments in mice. “The antibody-based medications we are developing […]

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Study: Stimulating Brain Cells Stops Binge Drinking

Researchers at the University at Buffalo have found a way to change alcohol drinking behavior in rodents, using the emerging technique of optogenetics, which uses light to stimulate neurons. Their work could lead to powerful new ways to treat alcoholism, other addictions, and neurological and mental illnesses; it also helps explain the underlying neurochemical basis […]

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Drugs and Your Heart: What You Need to Know

The effects of drug addiction are serious and far-reaching. The abuse of illegal and prescription drugs can destroy families, careers, and financial stability, while undermining your self-esteem and harming your health. Most substance abusers recognize that drug use can cause early or sudden death; however, not everyone is aware that substance abuse can cause serious health damage […]

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