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Managing Withdrawal Symptoms with Meds

Managing Withdrawal Symptoms with Meds

Entering alcohol or drug rehab is a monumental, life-changing decision and the first step to a healthier, more satisfying life. However, detox must take place before the hard work of recovery can begin, and it’s no secret that detox is tough. Don’t let fear of withdrawal delay addiction treatment, because the discomfort is only temporary. In many cases, medications can ease the symptoms and make detox less intimidating.

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Integrating Addiction Treatment and Medical Care: Why Primary Care Physicians Fail

Integrating Addiction Treatment and Medical Care: Why Primary Care Physicians Fail

Primary care physicians are in the best position to identify and treat threats to a patient’s health and well-being, but they are often the last to recognize signs of substance abuse and addiction. This is a lost opportunity to address a leading cause of preventable death and one the greatest threats to public health and safety in the United States. Early intervention is critical for successful addiction treatment, and people with substance abuse issues are at much greater risk of developing numerous health problems, including hypertension, diabetes, pneumonia, congestive heart failure and liver disease. read more…

Addiction Treatment and Spirituality

Addiction Treatment and Spirituality

Spirituality often feels out of reach for people who struggling with addiction. They may have lost touch with the religious beliefs of their childhood and they feel their higher power has forgotten them, or they may believe that they aren’t deserving of happiness or love. However, numerous research studies have provided evidence that spirituality is critical to well-being, and when integrated into addiction treatment and drug rehab, promotes long-term recovery and decreases incidence of relapse.

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Treating Addictions with Medicines

Treating Addictions with Medicines

Treating Drug and Alcohol Addiction Today

Also known as Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), pharmacotherapy is form of addiction treatment that integrates prescription medicines along with traditional treatment modalities such as individual or group counseling.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) recognizes addiction as a brain-based disease and supports access to all evidence-based treatments, including pharmacologic interventions. In a public policy statement, ASAM asserts that pharmacologic intervention should be considered a primary strategy in the treatment of addiction.

Here are some of the medicines currently approved used or under investigation for alcohol or drug dependence.

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Why Insurance Companies Fall Short When Paying for Addiction Treatment

Why Insurance Companies Fall Short When Paying for Addiction Treatment

Drug and alcohol addiction alters the complex structure and function of the brain. This is a simple statement, but it explains in a nutshell why most addiction treatment professionals view addiction not as a moral failing or an indication of weakness or lack of willpower, but as a chronic disease. Most also agree that like other chronic diseases such as asthma or diabetes, addiction is treatable. read more…

Out of Town Addiction Treatment is Sometimes Best

Out of Town Addiction Treatment is Sometimes Best

Out of Town Addiction Treatment is Sometimes Best

Many factors go into choosing a drug rehabilitation program, but the most crucial is that the addiction therapy offered is the right fit. At Destin Recovery, we have many families choose our facility because we use evidence-based medicine and holistically treat addiction as a chronic disease. Our facilities are banked on the emerald waters of Destin Florida’s Gulf Coast, which means we get patients from all over the South East United States including the Houston, Nashville, and Atlanta. Some are only a short drive away while others fly by plane to get real treatment for drug and alcohol addiction problems. read more…

Recovery From Addiction is a Family Affair

Recovery From Addiction is a Family Affair

Alcoholism and drug addiction affects the whole family – young, teenage, or grown-up children; wives or husbands; brothers or sisters; parents or other relatives and friends.  One family member addicted to alcohol and drugs means the whole family suffers.  Addiction is a family disease that stresses the family to the breaking point, impacts the stability of the home, the family’s unity, mental health, physical health, finances, and overall family dynamics. read more…

The Marijuana Conundrum

The Marijuana Conundrum

The Marijuana Conundrum

Rarely a day goes by where we do not encounter political, legal or medical news and arguments asking or declaring how we should handle marijuana.  As an addiction medicine physician, I too encounter these questions almost daily.  My own research and attempt at crystallizing an opinion is frustrated by many paradoxes.  Several questions are really being asked about marijuana, but they are disguised or misrepresented as a single question:  “Yes or No” concerning marijuana?  This is an extreme oversimplification when asked this way, but it avoids and dodges potholes (sic). read more…

Alcohol Affects Everyone in the Family

Alcohol Affects Everyone in the Family

Alcoholism and drug dependence is the United States #1 health problem. The disease of alcoholism doesn’t affect just one person. It affects all the people who are in relationship with the person who suffers the addiction. NCADD and their National Network of Affiliates possess decades of research that shows the disease of addiction affects not only the individual, but millions of family members as well. read more…

Is There a Doctor in the House?

Is There a Doctor in the House?

Is There a Doctor in the House?

This is an unusual question when the condition being treated is identifiable by causes and effects (symptoms) that clearly indicate a diseased organ. But why are doctors often on the periphery—or absent—when the disease is addiction?

“Why should they be?” someone asks. “Who needs a doctor anyway? They just push drugs and make you switch addictions. I got clean without a doctor.” read more…