Addiction

Accidental Addiction

The 1982 memoir, I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can by Barbara Gordon, was a ground-breaking revelation. The public learned that well-meaning people and their perfectly decent doctors can unintentionally nurture an addiction. The backdrop to how the memoir’s high-stakes career...

New Developments for Dealing with Addiction

The following announcement appeared on Twitter on May 17, 2018: “The American Health Information Management Association is asking Congress to pass two proposed bills to prevent patient overdoses by giving physicians more information about addiction treatment, which currently cannot be...

The Opioid Crisis Update

America’s opioid crisis does not seem to be abating despite the intense public exposure it has received in mass media and among medical and mental health professionals. Many factors keep it going strong: Addicts unwilling or unable to deal with...

Spaced Out, Can’t Work

When headlines announce White House Panel Recommends Declaring National Emergency on Opioids, several things can happen, among them: 1) The public, opioid addicts included, can openly address the popularized mindset of avoiding pain whenever possible, and 2) Capable rehabilitation experts...

Check out Heroin High

You’ve heard of schools named for the cities housing them. Some of them are called Albany High, Hayward High, Lakewood High, Southfield High, Stuyvesant High and the like. It’s no stretch to wonder if anyone calls one or more secondary...

Therapy is a Necessity for Fighting an Addiction

The WebMD site about addiction describes the overall addiction-fighting picture quickly and clearly: “…detox is only the beginning of a long-term battle against craving and relapse. Counseling is an essential part of drug abuse treatment for many people. Cognitive behavioral therapy, family...

Dumbing Down with Smart Phones

Social media abounds with actors demonstrating rude behavior on dates and among family members due to cellphone addiction. Videos and photos depicting cellphone zombies falling into sewers, shafts and broken noses fill news sites and blogs. The situation of pedestrians...

The Opioid Epidemic Keeps Worsening

Several weeks ago, I addressed America’s opioid epidemic. Increasingly worrisome facts have been revealed since then: Nassau county administrators in New York are considering lawsuits against 19 pharmaceutical companies and five doctors for fueling opioid addiction. A New York doctor faces...

Is Therapy a Key Component in Treating Addiction?

Decades ago, addiction therapists began informing their clients of the need to end their “Stinking thinking.” A catch phrase for a negative thought pattern eventually used to rationalize counterproductive actions and mental activities. Identified by motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, “Stinking...

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