Depression, Chronic Pain and Taming the Opioid Epidemic

A compelling conclusion applies across all scenarios – opioids should be used especially cautiously in all depressed and anxious patients.

How Depression, Anxiety and Addiction Go Together and Why it Matters

If you’re afraid to try and afraid to feel, don’t be. In offering yourself this compassion and care, you’ll find that you are much stronger than you know.

The Truth About Lying: Do Dishonesty and Addiction Go Hand-in-Hand?

This has to be my least favorite “joke:” “How do you know when an addict is lying?” “It’s when his/her lips are moving.” Along similar lines, at an outpatient clinic I visited while doing research for Inside Rehab, an addiction counselor facetiously said to a roomful of clients, “The one thing we know about alcoholics […]

The Truth About Taking High Doses of Baclofen to Suppress Alcohol Cravings

Given the success of baclofen to help to suppress alcohol cravings, those suffering from alcohol problems should be educated about its potential benefits and risks.

Not Ready to Quit? 10 Ways to Drink Less

These tips focus on ways to use less alcohol and can be helpful for anyone with an AUD using harm reduction, as well as for those who just want to cut back.

Deconstructing the Complicated Relationship Between Eating Disorders and Exercise Addiction

Exercise addiction and eating disorders can and often do interact with one another, but there are many instances where they occur in the other’s absence.

Medications to Treat Substance Use Disorders Slowly Gain Acceptance

Why do we withhold access to medications scientifically proven to help those battling substance use disorders?

Naltrexone for Alcohol Dependence: Is This Medication Right For You?

Different people have different goals, but naltrexone is a medication that should be offered to those struggling with alcohol problems in conjunction with the programs they work.

Newsflash: Medicare is Feeding the Opioid Crisis

This is a wakeup call – we must work to change senior attitudes toward pain, doctor prescribing practices, and Medicare monitoring.

Vivitrol Isn’t the Magic Bullet We’ve Been Led to Believe

Vivitrol marketers have played directly to the prejudice against methadone and Suboxone, advertising Vivitrol as a medication for those who want to be “drug-free.”