Clinical Boundaries

Working within the field of addiction treatment provides unique challenges to professionals with respect to keeping boundaries while providing compassionate care.  When individuals working in treatment centers are also in recovery – and both staff and clients are involved in community groups and fellowship – lines can blur with the best of intentions.  The opportunities for all staff forming more …

Harmony CEO speaks out about GOP sponsored bill

Yesterday, Congress voted to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with a new GOP sponsored bill, which will now go to the Senate for confirmation. While this bill passed by a very small margin, 217 votes to 213, it did pass. From a treatment center perspective, I would like to share my opinion (keep in mind this is my …

New Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder

This month we are talking about alcohol, because April is Alcohol Awareness Month. The annual occurrence involves a number of events taking place throughout the country, with the aim of increasing public awareness and understanding about the dangers of alcohol use. Alcohol Awareness Month is sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) – the leading …

Alcohol Use Disorder Screening

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) affects millions of Americans, a disorder which can have serious impact on one’s health and can be fatal. Without effective, evidence-based treatments, the chances of recovery are slim. Sadly, many young adults have an AUD which usually arose in their teenage years. Preventing teenage alcohol misuse and abuse is crucial, and doctors can play a huge …

Nonviolent Drug Offenders See Light Again

Addiction is not a crime! It isn’t a moral failing or a lack of constitution. Addiction is a disease of the mind that requires treatment and a program of maintenance, if recovery is to be possible. For decades, the United States government’s solution to addiction was locking up “offenders” and essentially throwing away the key. Even if a non-violent drug …

A Vaccine for Heroin?

The American prescription opioid epidemic has affected millions of Americans and their loved ones. Efforts to curb painkiller abuse had the unintended effect of leading to a scourge of heroin use – as the drug is often times cheaper, stronger and easier to acquire in the wake of prescription opioid crackdowns. Heroin abuse has become a major public health concern …

Testing Cannabis Edibles for Potency

Last month we wrote about what is known as “marijuana tourism,” the act of traveling to states where recreational marijuana use is legal. With four states allowing adult cannabis use, there are a number of options for people who want to experience the end of marijuana prohibition first hand. A number of marijuana tourists are not regular users, and may …

Senate Votes On Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act

With presidential candidates crisscrossing the country discussing how to handle the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic, lawmakers in D.C. are also hard at work to combat the problem as well. It is no secret that democrats and republicans often disagree about major issues; one thing lawmakers from both sides of the aisle can agree on is that something needs to …

New FDA Commissioner Supports Abuse-Deterrent Opioids

It does not matter how someone uses prescription opioids, they can be dangerous and potentially lead to a deadly overdose. However, it could easily be argued that the greatest risk is associated with intravenous (IV) use; opioid addicts will crush their pills, mix the powder with water and inject. In order to combat the use of opioid narcotics in unintended …

Marijuana Tourists’ Emergency Room Visits

When it comes to which mind altering substances carry the greatest health risk it is probably fair to say that most Americans would agree that marijuana is at the bottom of the list – as is evident by the continued lightening of restrictions when it comes to the use of cannabis. In the last 20 years, since California became the …