PART 1:  Alcoholic or Just A Bad Habit?

PART 1: Alcoholic or Just A Bad Habit?

Although author James Clear makes it, well, clear—that addiction is not just someone’s “bad habit”, I think it totally makes sense for people in recovery to utilize some of the concepts he captures in his best selling book, Atomic Habits. Clear has taken the topic of...
Do This 1 Thing to Stay Off Opioids Forever

Do This 1 Thing to Stay Off Opioids Forever

Using willpower to change a behavior means working hard to achieve something; Merriam Webster defines will power as “energetic determination.” If I need willpower to accomplish something, then I am attempting a task that I feel some level of conflict about doing. Like...
Switching from Suboxone® to Naltrexone

Switching from Suboxone® to Naltrexone

Claire (not her real name) juggles a lot in her life. She is a full-time college student. She works part-time. She is getting married over Thanksgiving. She has an opioid addiction. How Claire Got Here Her first attempt to complete college failed when she started...
Alcohol Use Disorder: Easy to Meet Criteria

Alcohol Use Disorder: Easy to Meet Criteria

A lot of patients I see don’t really know they may meet the criteria for alcohol use disorder. I can tell you that it’s not that hard to qualify, and more and more people are entering the ranks. From 2001 to 2012, the prevalence of alcohol use disorder (AUD) increased...
Getting Energy Back After Ending Methadone Use

Getting Energy Back After Ending Methadone Use

Ramon decided to stop taking methadone during the COVID-19 pandemic. Was it essential or was it elective? Perhaps in Ramon’s case, it was a bit of both. Going to a methadone clinic was never what he pictured for himself. Ramon’s story includes neck and back surgery,...