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Detoxing and Withdrawal from Opiates – PART ONE – Symptoms & Timeline of Opiate Withdrawal

[Note to Reader: This is “Part One” of a 2-part blog-post—“Part Two” will appear later this week.] According to a recent study by Drs. J. Lyden and I. Binswanger, America’s opioid epidemic has become a nationwide public health crisis. And it is not limited only to the abuse of prescribed pain medication. “Initially driven by…

A “Reality Check” for Healthcare Professionals Who May Actually Be High-Functioning Alcoholics – PART ONE

Although I’m not in the healthcare field, I’m a former college professor who fit the term “high-functioning alcoholic” to a T. (Just ask my ex or the Dean of Faculty where I worked.) What I hope to bring to the topic of “Am I or am I not a high-functioning alcoholic?” are my personal experience,…

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…

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What Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?

Over the years, drug addiction has become a part of your life, but you’re ready to end that substance abuse. Thankfully, cognitive-behavioral therapy in Tampa, FL, and other care options can help you here. But what is cognitive-behavioral therapy, and how does it manage the dangers of addiction? Learning more about this process will ensure…

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…