Rehab 101: “Self-Will Run Riot” – How Learning to Let Go of Control Can Help Us Recover

“If the rest of the world would only behave… Whatever our protestations, are not most of us concerned with ourselves, our resentments, or our self-pity? Selfishness – self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles.” – Alcoholics Anonymous, A.A. World Services, Inc. When any of us first begin recovery from a substance abuse…

If You’re a Physician Considering Treatment, You’re Not Alone — The Prevalence of Alcohol Abuse in Doctors

The fact is, the current COVID-19 pandemic has amped up the degree of stress throughout society to unprecedented levels. Nowhere can this heightened pressure and strain be found more challenging than in the realm of healthcare providers. Indeed, the added coronavirus-fueled demands placed on doctors and nurses (as well as other hospital and medical center…

Are You a Healthcare Professional Trying to “Hold Your Liquor” (or Other Substances) During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

PART TWO: About Treatment Designed Specifically to Help You Anyone who has experienced their life being “taken over” and dictated by the obsession and compulsion to drink or use drugs knows just how much loss can be involved: the loss of one’s serenity and sanity, self-esteem, self-worth and health, one’s relationship with a spouse, family,…

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Detox Centers—Especially During Pandemic—Provide Vital Services to Those Seeking Sobriety

Given the “double-whammy” for those trying to get and stay sober/clean from a substance abuse disorder, while in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the availability of local medical detox centers can mean the difference between life and death for many. Fortunately, many of the centers that closed or significantly limited their services when the…

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A Checklist to See if It’s Time for You to Seek Help: Part 1

Are You a Healthcare Professional Trying to “Hold Your Liquor” (or Other Substances) During the COVID-19 Pandemic? It’s clear on so many levels the COVID-19 pandemic has taken an especially hard toll on healthcare professionals, severely taxing them emotionally, mentally and physically. The stress and strain comes in the context of them simply “doing their…

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Insufficient Supply of Qualified Doctors Nationally Hampers Opioid Addiction Treatment

BOARDPREP MEETS THE CHALLENGE IN TAMPA BAY With the number of opioid overdose deaths rising in many states since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic[1], a longstanding “supply” issue has gained more attention, including in the halls of Congress. The supply in question? Doctors and clinicians who can prescribe buprenorphine. Given the explosion of cases…

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Rehab 101: Learning to Care for Our Physical Selves in Recovery – Part One: Dealing with Illness

“The body is a boat that floats the soul in space and time.” – Saroj Aryal As people who are in recovery from substance abuse, there are a number of dimensions of our physical selves that need daily attention, if we’re to ensure we’re “covering the bases” properly. Besides the typically mentioned elements of our…