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Addictions - Substance Abuse

Substance use disorders involve the inability to manage one or multiple substances, including alcohol; drugs (prescribed or illegal) including opioids, hallucinogens, sedatives, cannabis, or others; inhalants; nicotine; or caffeine, among others. If you or someone you know is unable to control...

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One-fifth of U.S. teens are affected, at some point in their lives, by a mental disorder, according to a National Institute of Mental Health survey. Over the past decade, the rate at which health care providers prescribe controlled substances, including anxiolytic (anti-stress) and sleep medications, for adolescent patients has increased. Along with this uptick in ... more
It can be difficult to remember which came first: substance abuse or stress. One feeds the other until the line is dimmed but the outcome is clear: stress clearly can be a factor in the beginning of alcohol and drug abuse, as well as in contributing to relapses.
What is Suboxone® and what is it used for? Taken as a film placed under the tongue (“sublingual”), Suboxone® is the brand name for buprenorphine and naloxone, used to treat modern to severe chronic pain. Since its FDA approval in 2002, Suboxone® has also been prescribed for treatment of opoid...
Intervention programs are designed to force someone to recognize self-destructive, damaging behaviors while surrounded by supportive loved ones, including friends and family. Many intervention programs are focused on stopping addictive behaviors such as drug or alcohol addiction or eating disorders...
Courage By Michael H. LeBlond, PhD, MBA Licensed Psychologist How often have you heard “just feel the fear and do it anyway.” This actually is not far from the definition of courage. What courage is not is the absence of fear. When most people think of courage they think of it in one dimension as...
Just as you were starting to read this, did you suddenly stop, deciding to quickly check for that email you were expecting? No, it wasn’t there. So you’re back to the article. Then a text message calls for your attention. You send off a quick reply. And now, it’s time to focus. But, it’s not so...

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