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What is Spirituality?

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Dr. John Dyben, DHSc, MCAP, CMHP | Chief Clinical Officer When I would ask that question ten years ago, most people would respond by describing religion. Today, my experience is that there is a more common perception that spirituality and religion are two different things.  However, when I ask people now to describe the difference… Read On »

Tramadol: A Drug to Avoid in Recovery

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By Medical Director, Dr. Adam Bianchini, MD   As the opiate crisis rages on, the pharmaceutical industry races to find answers and safer alternatives to addicting chemicals. One such past innovation has been the medication, Tramadol, arriving in USA in 1995 by a German Pharmaceutical company, after its introduction in Europe in 1977.   Although advertised… Read On »

Why Prisoners Need Effective Addiction Treatment

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Incarcerated people get very little consideration. Most of the public feels that people who are incarcerated for felonies are being punished and it’s not meant to be pleasant. If they live in poor conditions, are subject to abuse, or suffer from intense drug cravings, maybe they’ll think twice before committing another crime. Although this attitude… Read On »

Parental Toxic Enabling of Adult Children

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Stephen R. Honaker, LMHC, QS, Family Counselor, Headwaters at Origins I was recently speaking with a former patient, who is a first-time father to a nine-month-old daughter, about the strength of parental love. As the conversation progressed, I described to him in some detail the birth of my daughter (who is now thirteen years old)… Read On »

Alcohol Awareness Month Is Coming

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Alcohol Awareness Month was founded in 1987 by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, or NCADD. The purpose of Alcohol Awareness Month is to reduce the stigma associated with alcohol use disorder and spread information about alcohol, alcohol use disorder, and recovery. It’s especially important that people be aware that alcohol use disorder… Read On »

What is Pseudoaddiction?

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Pseudoaddiction is a term coined in 1989 to describe the phenomenon of patients with pain being under-treated. The idea is that patients with legitimate pain that could be alleviated with opioid painkillers exhibit drug-seeking behavior that is misinterpreted as addiction. In other words, proponents of the idea believe that some people who are seeking opioid… Read On »

A Vitamin D Deficiency Can Increase Your Risk of Depression

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  If you’ve ever suffered from seasonal affective disorder, or even sat indoors for a week, staring out at incessant rain, you probably have some intuition that your mood is connected to sunlight. Studies have, in fact, found a correlation between low vitamin D, which is produced in your skin when sunlight shines on it,… Read On »

What is Really in Street Heroin?

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Heroin bought on the street is almost never pure heroin. The actual heroin content can vary widely, usually between about 50 percent and 80 percent. It is almost always cut or laced with something else. When heroin is “cut” that means whatever is added to it is just filler with little or no psychoactive effect.… Read On »

A Primer and Guide to Medicine from Medical Director, Dr. Adam Bianchini

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We often hear at different times throughout the year, “Tis the season!” Whether it is the holiday season, flu season or winter season, challenges to sobriety and recovery abound. With colder weather gripping most of the country during winter, viral illness, colds, flu, bronchitis, pneumonia, etc. can pose serious and specific setbacks to addiction recovery.… Read On »

Overdoses Quadruple in Women 30 to 64

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America’s “opioid epidemic” has received much deserved attention to such a degree that we’d assume a solution was close at hand, but that’s not the case. Last year more than 70,000 Americans died of overdoses. Men are still more likely than women to die of an overdose, but the increase in female overdoses is 492%… Read On »