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More Doctors Needed to Specialize in Addiction Medicine

  A recent report conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University revealed that the majority of doctors are inadequately trained in identification or diagnosis of substance abuse in their patients. Also known as CASA, the center also said that many doctors don’t know what to do with patients who suffer from drug addiction and are still treatable.  The reason that this is important is approximately 22 million Americans suffer from drug or alcohol problems, but only about 10 percent of those get any treatment, the CASA report found. This excludes the 18 million people who are addicted to nicotine.  If they are included, then a total of 40 million Americans are addicted to at least one substance.  That is about 1 out of 6 adults.  Sadly, “the … Read entire article »

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The Dangers of Self-Detoxing

  Detoxing from any substance, be it alcohol or drugs, is a dangerous practice even when in the care of professionals.  Trying to detox alone without the supervision of a specialist is even more unsafe.  When people self-detox they take unforeseen risks that could result in serious injury or death.  It is always wise to have professionals help with the process to oversee the completion of an effective and, most importantly, safe detox. There are three substances in particular that are extremely dangerous to get off of and the utmost precaution must be taken when doing so.  The first is alcohol, which is the most dangerous substance to detox from and can, in some cases, lead to death. Initial alcohol detox symptoms may include the following: Anxiety Convulsions Delirium tremens Hallucinations Heart failure Insomnia Nausea Seizures Shakiness   Most people addicted to alcohol need … Read entire article »

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The Spectrum of Alcohol Abuse from High School to College

  Alcohol abuse and addiction are widely credited as having their origins in early onset drinking during youth.  Starting for most youths in high school and continuing into college, alcohol abuse can be attributed to a variety of factors that differ when looking at certain age demographics of addicts.  For me, my evolution with drinking changed greatly during my teen and college years and now that I am assessing my path I would like to take a look at what I believe are some the reasons for that change. In high school my identity wasn’t shaped entirely by alcohol, yet it did change who I was, what I valued, and how I came to develop a lax attitude in my perceptions and beliefs about the damage that alcohol was causing to all aspects of … Read entire article »

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My New Transition in Recovery

My New Transition in Recovery

  So, recently I have made a big change in my life: I have moved out of my sober living house and into an apartment.  A very fine quote attributed to Arnold Bennett—a renowned writer and novelist—that relates a lot to what I’m feeling about this move is as follows: “Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.” I’ve been dealing with a lot of stress and discomfort from this … Read entire article »

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Can Exercise Cause Addiction?

Can Exercise Cause Addiction?

  A study conducted by researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign has put into question the long-held belief that exercise can help addicts overcome their desire for drugs and alcohol. The results of the study, performed on mice, indicate that people who follow regular exercise regimens may find it harder to overcome their addictions, depending on when they begin exercising and when they begin using substances.  … Read entire article »

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Alabama Drug Offenders Getting a Raw Deal

Alabama Drug Offenders Getting a Raw Deal

  This week Cameron Steele wrote an expose about the Alabama judicial system sending drug offenders into uncertified treatment programs.  While I think she may miss the mark by focusing to specifically on an ex-employee of an uncertified rehab and her relapse or ruse (which could happen anywhere), she did hit on a major issue.  The state does not have the capacity to incarcerate the drug offenders and therefore needs to divert them to drug programs, … Read entire article »

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Sirius picks up Addiction Radio Show

  Sirius Radio has picked up the KLEAN Radio Show, a radio program that addresses addiction.  The program airs on 980 News Talk Los Angeles KFWB, in San Diego, and in New York.  The program, hosted by Judah Friedman and Klean Treatment Center CEO, Andrew Spanswick, offers an interactive approach to providing resources, awareness, and hope to listeners.  Listeners call in with their concerns about their or a loved one’s drug use, and the hosts and often celebrity guests give feedback and encouragement to the listeners, always offering further resources. Andres Spanswick spoke about being picked up by Sirius Radio: “We are delighted to be part of the Sirius family and to join its lineup of ‘A’ list personalities that includes Martha Stewart, Howard Stern and Oprah Winfrey.  Sirius, with a listener … Read entire article »

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Wernicke Korsakoff’s Syndrome

Wernicke Korsakoff’s Syndrome

Studies show that heavy drinking can lead to brain damage.  The damage occurs after heavy drinking, and increases with each following day of heavy usage (fredjoiners, 2008).  After long-term heavy alcohol use, individuals’ brains tend to shrink, more than there similarly aged counterparts.  This shrinkage is especially pronounced in the prefrontal cortex, responsible for the higher cognitive functioning and abstract thought.  While it takes an extended period of time for the brain to actually shrink, impairments … Read entire article »

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The 12 steps for the dummies

The 12 steps for the dummies like me! AA for me is a great tool to get out of my own head for an hour or so and listen to other people problems and realize that my life isn’t all that fucked up. As well as sometimes realize that I am the most fucked up. There is only one thing for sure, and that is that we were all fucked up train wrecks and needed something or someone to help us through our shit, and direct us in the right direction. The 12 steps are a great tool to help any addict struggling with addiction or any other problems. Sometimes going and reading through the steps I feel like I am ready Shakespeare. So here is the 12 steps the way … Read entire article »

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Being open about your recovery

Being open about your recovery

  Being a drug addict or an alcoholic is nothing to be proud of, or is it? Two years ago when I found myself getting out of control due to alcohol, I did not want anyone to know. I would drive 45 minutes away every night just to go to an AA meeting. I didn’t want to bump into anyone I knew or who knew me. I was so ashamed of being powerless over alcohol. It seems … Read entire article »

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