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Physicians’ Health Programs Offer Confidential, Effective Treatment Options for Impaired Doctors Seeking Recovery

Physicians’ Health Programs Offer Confidential, Effective Treatment Options for Impaired Doctors Seeking Recovery

The term “addicted physician” may seem like an oxymoron to most people, since doctors the world over are viewed as those people who care most about health – one presumes they’d care as much about their own health as much as they do the well-being of their patients. However, the statistics gathered by addiction researchers…

Recovery 101

Recovery 101

Recovery 101 – Handling Our Emotions Sometimes Requires Acceptance, and THAT sometimes Requires ‘Letting Go’ The other day, I found myself getting “riled up” on a phone call with one of my sisters—interestingly enough we were talking about our older sister who’d been hospitalized twice in the past week due to alcohol poisoning—and once we’d…

Long-term Study Finds Teens Who Report Heavy Substance Use Continue to Have Drug Problems as Adults

Long-term Study Finds Teens Who Report Heavy Substance Use Continue to Have Drug Problems as Adults

A longitudinal study funded by the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) and just recently published in the Journal of American Medicine (JAMA Network Open) concludes the majority (60%) of adolescents with symptoms of heavy substance use had 2 or more symptoms of substance use disorder (SUD) in adulthood.[1] Up front, this research is rather…

New Study Finds Medical Marijuana Provides Little Benefit for Depression and Anxiety, but Increased Risk of Cannabis Use Disorder

New Study Finds Medical Marijuana Provides Little Benefit for Depression and Anxiety, but Increased Risk of Cannabis Use Disorder

The Yale School of Medicine defines ‘cannabis use disorder’ (CUD) as “the continued use of cannabis, despite significant negative impact on one’s life and health.”[1] In a recent article published in MGH Psychiatry News[2], Dr. Ruta Nonacs presents the results of a recent study that point out there are few, if any, benefits to use…

Looking Honestly – and with Acceptance – at Our Inability to Stop Drinking or Using is the First Step to Freedom

Looking Honestly – and with Acceptance – at Our Inability to Stop Drinking or Using is the First Step to Freedom

Looking Honestly – and with Acceptance – at Our Inability to Stop Drinking or Using is the First Step to Freedom Many of us who have found ourselves afflicted with a substance use disorder (a.k.a., chemical dependency, addiction to alcohol and/or drugs) know quite well the “internal voices” that can battle for dominance in our…