Opioids

Hopefully the small change that is taking place in Florida as a result of two new laws will lead to a bigger change nationwide.  Read this article to learn more about two Florida laws that are slowly but surely reducing the amount of opioids prescribed. If you have questions regarding abuse of or dependency on prescription medication, schedule a consultation today.

Stepfamilies After Divorce

Stepfamilies after divorce When stepfamilies dissolve after a divorce, little is known about the relationships between former stepparents and stepchildren. Now, researchers have found that stepchildren’s views of former stepparents depended on emotional reactions to the divorce, patterns of support or resource exchanges, and parental encouragement or discouragement to continue step-relationships. Whether stepchildren maintained relationships with their former stepparents largely …

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

From Prescription Painkillers to Heroin Heroin use has increased 63 percent over the last 10 years in the United States, experts report. That increase is closely tied to the growing abuse of prescription opioids such as oxycodone (Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin) and codeine. An alarming 45 percent of Americans addicted to heroin are also addicted to prescription opioids.  Read here to …

E-Cigarettes

Many studies are reporting the harm of e-cigarettes.  It may be a good rule of thumb that anything you inhale with the exception of good old clean air has the potential to cause harm.  This article identifies secondary harms outside of inhaling e-cigarettes, primarily that it can lead teens directly to smoking tobacco.  Read here for more information on e-cigarettes …

Incarceration and Treatment

I had the opportunity today to support a person in recovery involved in the criminal justice system as a direct result of their addiction. My independent evaluation was included in the sentencing packet presented to the judge. This person is being recommended for a treatment program that will include a MAXIMUM of 6 months incarceration as opposed to the original …

For Parents

Do you know BILY? Because I Love You is a support group for parents of addicted children. BILY has a local meeting for parents in the Doylestown area.  Check out their website here for more information.

Is Addiction a Choice

Is Addiction a Choice? Check out the ABC News article on addiction.  If it was so easy as to not overindulge there wouldn’t be so many people fighting to save their own lives and the lives of their loved ones.  Do you believe addiction is a choice? Some follow the Moral Model which poses that a person becomes addicted because …

Productivity in a Pill

THIS NY Times article sheds light on a new motivation for addiction: employees abusing ADHD to stay in the game or get ahead at work.  The sought after productivity in a pill can be a direct line to rock bottom addiction for many.

Human Connection

Do you agree with this article that the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, but rather human connection?  Read HERE

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms of Drug Use Do you know the physical, behavioral, and psychological signs and symptoms of drug use? Read THIS article from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence to learn about the signs and symptoms of substance use and dependency.