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6 Things to Know If Your Child is Using Drugs

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Jun 21

June 18, 2021

6 Things to Know If Your Child is Using Drugs

When I was a young mother with friends and family members having babies, I would often send a hand-lettered card with a poignant message by Elizabeth Stone:

“Making he decision to have a child — it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”

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Recovery & Returning to the Workplace Post-COVID

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Apr 21

April 20, 2021

Recovery & Returning to the Workplace Post-COVID

It has been quite a year. We did not see the COVID-19 pandemic coming and only now are we beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It has been an extremely painful and challenging year for everyone — a year of isolation from friends, family, and our places of employment (our family away from home).

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Low Energy After Opioids: What’s to Blame?

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Apr 21

April 6, 2021

Low Energy After Opioids: What’s to Blame?

“Please, Ms. Shepherd,” my patient begged, “please remove this naltrexone implant. I don’t want it anymore…”

Evelyn is a 42-year-old high school teacher in New Jersey, and quite frankly, had one hell of a year in 2020. While all teachers deserve medals for Resilience and Creativity in the Educating-During-A-Pandemic realm, Evelyn’s job was further challenging because she works with special needs children. Her high school students have learning disabilities, many with limited access to internet services.

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Is Kratom Addictive?

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Mar 21

March 16, 2021

Is Kratom Addictive?

The short answer is Yes!

First, let’s review what Kratom is and why it is of concern. Kratom is a plant derivative of Mitragyna speciose. It is an evergreen tree in the coffee plant family, which grows naturally in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea.

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Grief and the Genetic Component of Addiction

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Mar 21

March 9, 2021

Grief and the Genetic Component of Addiction

All week long our staff has had the pleasure of working with Juliette who came to us for a dual detox off alcohol and buprenorphine. She couldn’t have chosen a better support person, her Aunt Leila, who is tough, wise, and adores Jules.

When I opened the door to get her started on the last day of her 8-day accelerated opioid detox off Suboxone®, Juliette and her aunt were quietly listening to a song on her phone. Their eyes were moist. I sat down and Juliette began to fill in her story for me.

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