man enjoys TMS therapy for addiction

What Is TMS Therapy?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy is a possible means of helping those who have completed addiction recovery or in rehab to control their cravings. It may also benefit those with anxiety or depression to regulate their negative emotions. By targeting the brain, TMS offers a non-invasive, drug-free means of treating a variety of conditions. For…

If You’re Seeking Recovery from a Substance Use Disorder, Look for a Treatment Center with These Components

In defining addiction, the National Institute on Drug Abuse states “(addiction) is a chronic disease characterized by compulsive, or uncontrollable, drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences and changes in the brain, which can be long-lasting. These changes in the brain can lead to the harmful behaviors seen in people who use drugs.”[1] Importantly, they…

woman learns about the benefits of TMS therapy

5 Benefits of TMS Therapy

Depression affects millions of people in the United States, and in fact, several sources cite depression as the number one cause of disability across the country. There are a variety of depression treatments available and treatments for other mental health conditions. Some people may seek a newer, more innovative treatment, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation…

Treating Nurses with Substance Use Disorders

In an article by Daniel Angres, M.D., et al. titled, “Nurses with Chemical Dependency: Promoting Successful Treatment and Reentry” (published in The Journal of Nursing Regulation), the authors state the literature on chemical dependency in nurses lags far behind that for other health-care professionals, particularly physicians. “However,” they point out, “with nurses on the front…

Some Reflections on Treatment and Recovery for Dentists with Substance Use Disorders – PART TWO

When most dentists show up for work at a dental office, they’re not working alongside another dentist who is impaired by alcohol or drugs. Still, statistics indicate anywhere from 12 to 19% of dentists face a substance use disorder within their lifetime.[1] Given this understandably surprising (if not startling) information, the question arises: What can…

Some Considerations for Pharmacists with Substance Use Disorders

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates that 10-15% of healthcare professionals will misuse drugs or alcohol at some point in their career, which is similar to the rate of the rest of the population.[1] However, there are numerous occupational hazards unique to pharmacists involving risk factors such as: · Easy access…

Recent Study Indicates Adolescents Vaping Cannabis at More Serious Risk to Lungs than Smoking

A study published March 3, 2021 in the Journal of Adolescent Health by Dr. Carol J. Boyd, et al. titled, “Cannabis, Vaping and Respiratory Symptoms in a Probability Sample of U.S. Youth” provides evidence that vaping (via electronic nicotine delivery systems, aka ENDS) is more likely to result in lung injury and/or respiratory disease symptoms…

More Than Half of Pandemic Healthcare at Risk for Mental Health Issues and Alcohol Abuse  

Given the current COVID-19 health crisis, every U.S. community depends on the mental health of its frontline healthcare workers, including emergency and hospital personnel, doctors and nurses. According to a new study, those regularly facing pandemic-related stressors are at greater risk for mental health problems. The research, which was published in the November 2020 online…

The Challenges Addicted Doctors & Nurses Face Require Specialized Diagnosis and Treatment – PART TWO

[Note to Reader: This is “Part Two” in a 2-part blog-post. Please go to Archives for “Part One.”] In seeking to maximize patient safety, all U.S. states offer some form of an “impaired healthcare professionals program” aimed at assisting doctors, nurses and others in the healthcare field who’re struggling with a substance use disorder to…