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When Does Energy Come Back After Opioid (Pain Medication) Withdrawal?

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Jan 22

January 17, 2022

When Does Energy Come Back After Opioid (Pain Medication) Withdrawal?

Brenda is a 54-year-old woman who told me, “I am so sick and tired of being dependent on pain medication, I could scream.” She tried several times to stop taking her medication. She would get so far before the withdrawal became intolerable. One of her biggest problems is that she kept experiencing low energy levels after stopping. She needed answers to “when and how does my energy come back after opiate withdrawal?” (more…)
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT): Higher Success for Recovery

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Jan 22

January 17, 2022

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT): Higher Success for Recovery

Recently, the New York Times ran an article proposing that most opiate addicts should receive Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). I couldn’t agree with them more. Success rates for patients with opiate addiction who are not treated with any form of MAT are horrible.

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Bipolar Disorder and Substance Use Disorder: How to Get Help

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Jan 22

January 17, 2022

Bipolar Disorder and Substance Use Disorder: How to Get Help

I was recently invited to speak to a class of student nurses and discuss how 12-Step Recovery programs like AA can help someone struggling with bipolar disorder and substance use disorder.

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Fentanyl in Cocaine: The Deadly Pairing

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Jan 22

January 17, 2022

Fentanyl in Cocaine: The Deadly Pairing

I heard a disturbing report on National Public Radio (NPR) this morning. The report was called: Fentanyl-Laced Cocaine Becoming A Deadly Problem Among Drug Users.

More and more people are dying from fentanyl being placed in cocaine.

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Stopping Benzodiazepines: 4 Things To Consider

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Jan 22

January 17, 2022

Stopping Benzodiazepines: 4 Things To Consider

Getting off benzos such as Ativan®, Xanax®, and Klonopin® is tough. We’ve provided four things to consider when stopping Benzodiazepines. Something to note is that these don’t guarantee a symptom-free withdrawal.

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