Commentary

Rehab for the Holidays – it’s a Good Choice

Often friends and families of addicts say that they want to wait until after the holidays to get treatment for their addicted friend or family member.  This is not a good idea because the person will be getting high while the family is gathered for the holiday and every day you let the addict continue…

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Give the Gift of Life without Drugs

Often families want to wait until after the New Year to get their loved one into treatment but NOW is the time to get help to your family member or friend or yourself.  What we are encouraging is life without drugs.  What better gift could there be to someone who is addicted or to those…

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Do We Now have a Syndemic vs. an Epidemic and What does That Mean?

The opioid epidemic has spun off so many other “epidemics” that it is now being referred to as a syndemic.  We have a syndemic in this country.  Drugs are being used to “cure” addiction, which is just nutty.  But there needs to be alternatives for pain management because pain can be real.  There is hope. …

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Legalization vs. Education – which will work?

There is a thought out there that legalizing or decriminalizing the use of dangerous drugs might be a solution to addiction.  But is this the answer?  Don’t think so.  However, in some cases it might to lead to rehab and that would be a good thing.  Is education a better way to go?  We think…

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Are Insurance Companies Feeding our Addiction?

It’s sad when some insurance companies will pay for more addictive opioids but not for less addictive drugs which might be effective as pain killers or sedatives.  And many don’t pay for rehab (for more than 28 days) that is needed when people get addicted to the opioids. Listen to how a county in Ohio…

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Get Ready for the Holidays

The holidays are rapidly approaching – it’s September already – and often families of addicts want to wait until after the holidays to get the addict into rehab.  This is a really bad idea and Jason explains why that is.  If you have a friend or family member who is an addict, get them help…

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Something Can Be Done About It

There are resources for friends and families of addicts.  One resources is a support group – Learn2Cope.org.  Often when someone has an addict in their family, they feel alone and need to know that others have been through it.  The drug problem in this country is at epidemic proportions and it’s going to take effective…

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A Drug by Any Other Name – Adderall and Methamphetamines

Because Adderall is prescribed by a doctor, must be OK, right?  Not so.  Adderall is the same chemically as methamphetamine.  So do you want to give your child methamphetamine?  Might want to think about it.

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Opiates – The Pinball Effect

This podcast covers opiates again.  How pervasive they are and how they lead to other problems.  This epidemic is symptomatic of a society that wants everything solved by a pill. Opiates have their place in hospices and painful diseases, but not to solve some life problem.  

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The Opioid Epidemic – It’s Not Just for the Homeless

Gone are the days were addicts were primarily homeless in cities, dirty and shooting up in alleys.  Now they are young and old people in very nice neighborhoods, highly educated and affluent white collar executives, middle-class working people and even doctors and nurses. We have become a country of pill poppers and it’s showing in…

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