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Your Brain on Drugs

Substance Abuse affects our Brain's Neurotransmitters

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It is important to understand that addiction is a problem with brain functioning. Addict/Alcoholic’s do terrible things but the are almost never terrible people. Once the person gets off the drugs and in recovery you start to see the real person emerge. It takes several months for the brain to heal. The addicted individual needs to be actively involved in some sort of treatment, sober support, or 12-step program.

Federal rules eased for opioid addiction treatment drug

Federal regulators have relaxed restrictions on physicians prescribing the opioid addiction treatment drug buprenorphine to patients. –American Medical News

This is really good for the drug companies but not so good for addicts and their families. The doctors that are “trained” many times do not understand addiction. Many times they do not require abstinence from other drugs and rarely push the issue of treatment. Opioid replacement is a good option for many people, but my experience has shown that the people that were addicted to other drugs prior to opioid addiction, or started heavily abusing drugs at an early age don’t do as well. They tend to have a poor quality of life,  and continuously relapse.  More doctors that are untrained regarding addiction and prescribing this drug is not the answer. Methadone clinics require urine drug screening and participation in some sort of treatment participation, shouldn’t we have the same expectation for this form of opioid replacement.

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Doctors Easily Miss Signs of Problem Drinking

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During a recent trip to the doctor, the nurse asked me how much I drink weekly. Before I was able to get the answer out, she quickly said, ‘it’s okay, we don’t have to deal with that question.’ She was clearly very uncomfortable asking that question.  Doctors are trying to treat your present issue and if it isn’t directly related to alcohol, an abuse problem will probably be missed.

Alcoholism is a major cause of death in the United States. Don’t depend on your Dr. to assess your drinking patterns. Talk to a professional.

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What is evidence based addiction, anyway?

Behavioral Health Hawaii is proud to say that we offer evidenced based treatment. Debbie Bayer attends conferences regularly to stay up on the most effective ways to treat the disease of addiction. Learn more in the below article from PsychCentral.

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Last month, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University released a five-year study assessing the state of addiction treatment in the U.S. Among other findings, CASA reported that only one in 10 people in need of addiction treatment get it, and of those who do, most “do not receive anything that approximates evidence-based care.” Evidence-based care does exist in a minority of treatment centers, but how does one go about finding it? What exactly is evidence-based care? In short, evidence-based care is treatment that is backed by scientific research.

Read the rest of the article and learn more from PsychCentral.