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.

Drugged Driving: DUIs Give Way to DUIDs

The term DUID (driving under the influence of drugs) has become more common, along with laws regarding drugged driving, as it is differentiated from drunk driving.

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?

Leaving Your Lover (Part II): Weighing the Pros and Cons of Sobriety Keeps It Going

It is important to recognize that people with addictions use for reasons that are important to them, and it’s important to acknowledge their loss.

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.