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Addiction and Overdose Concerns by Newly Approved FDA Narcotic

In Advanced Behavioral Medicine’s last blog the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) excellent decision to recommend upscheduling hydrocodone from a Schedule III to a Schedule II controlled drug was discussed. This is was a positive step in the reduction of abuse and misuse of prescription painkillers that has been detrimental to so many lives over the last two decades. Hydrocodone is the narcotic portion of combination drugs such as Vicodin© and Norco©. When looked at from a purely analgesic perspective, hydrocodone is an excellent pain medication for many types of pain. But it is still a narcotic that not only…

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Governor Chris Christie Talks about Addiction and Treatment

Drug addiction was a topic addressed recently by the New Jersey governor as he participated in a panel called “Prisoner Re-entry: Breaking the Cycle Conference.” Christie, who favors rehabilitation over imprisonment, had just signed a bill to improve treatment within the state’s justice system. He added a personal note to the panel discussion by mentioning a long-time friend whom he had lost to addiction. The Christie administration is also testing a program making the opiate antidote Narcan available to first responders in two counties. Narcan reverses the effects of heroin and other opioid substances such that overdoses can be averted if caught…

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The 12-Steps and the 12-Principles

The 12-Steps and the 12-Principles

Along with the 12-step work commonly associated with recovery from drugs, alcohol, or other addictions, the 12-Principles program is increasingly used among some addiction professions. Developed by Dr. Patrick Carnes, PhD, a psychologist with a particular interest and expertise in addiction disorders and recovery issues, the 12-Principles is a task-based model. This means each principle has specific thought/action work that must be done by the person in recovery, just as in the 12-steps. The 12-Principles are divided into three stages. The first stage, awareness, guides those in recovery towards making sense of their lives and place in the world. The…

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Drug Abuse and Our Youth Today

Drug Abuse and Our Youth Today Dr. Seikel Lectures at University of Central Florida

Dr. Stacy Seikel, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Advanced Recovery Systems, the parent company for both Advanced Behavioral Medicine and The Recovery Village, was a recent guest lecturer and subject matter expert at the University of Florida. Speaking on the topic Drug Abuse and Our Youth, Dr. Seikel assisted participants to: Increase their knowledge of current street names of drugs of abuse Develop awareness of the signs of drug toxicity and drug withdrawal Understand the difference between physical dependence and the disease of addiction A major lecture point was the new terminology and definitions being used in the Diagnostic and…

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When Good Ideas are Followed by Bad Ones-FDA Extremes

When Good Ideas are Followed by Bad Ones: FDA Extremes

Over a two blog span, I’ll be reviewing one great decision made by the Food and Drug administration followed by an exceedingly bad one. In this blog take a closer look at the change of the highly misused and abused narcotic painkiller hydrocodone ( the narcotic found in Vicodin© and Norco©). The United States Controlled Substance Act of 1970 put into place a policy that regulates the manufacture, importation, possession, use and distribution of certain drugs. This legislation, passed by the United States Congress, created a list of 5 categories, or schedules. There are many types of drugs and substances…

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Don’t Look Away from These Symptoms

Don’t Look Away from These Symptoms

Family and friends may explain away the behavior of those they care about, unwilling to label them as “addict” or “alcoholic.” There are dozens of ways to look away, but only one way to help: be direct, intervene. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) provides an extensive amount of resources on drug and alcohol addiction for the public. There are both short and more complex definitions of addiction. One of the shortest and more direct sections is a short list of the ABCs of addiction characteristics: Inability to consistently Abstain for drug or alcohol sue Impairment in Behavioral control…

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World Policy Makers Alert

World Policy Makers Alert

The World Health Organization (WHO) World Drug Report highlights some sobering statistics in their 2010 report. Collating data on a worldwide scale takes time, so statistics that are more current have not yet been released, but it doesn’t make this information any less meaningful: 230,000 million people worldwide have tried an illicit drug at least once in 2010. 30% of countries have effective medication available to assist with drug and alcohol addiction 1.7 beds per 100,000 people are available to treat addictions to drugs and alcohol Since 2004, WHO has advocated for the inclusion of buprenorphine in their list of…

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WOLO Fox 35 news reporter Holly Bristow contacted Advanced Behavioral Medicine

The Face of Heroin Might Surprise You…

After the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman from an apparent heroin overdose, WOLO Fox 35 news reporter Holly Bristow contacted Advanced Behavioral Medicine for a professional addictionologist’s view on who uses heroin. There is no typical heroin addict. They are bankers, executives, and the homeless. The cross-section of heroin users is very diverse, and the numbers are on the rise. Even close family members may not recognize that there is a problem. As a fairly small practice, ABM currently treats fifty or more heroin-addicted individuals each week, and we don’t expect this number to decrease. As prescription pills increase…

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Anger and Addiction: Focus of Treatment

Anger and Addiction: Focus of Treatment

Research continues to evaluate the connection between addiction and anger. A recent study focuses on the connection between suppressed anger and the development of addictions. Anger can be a sign of an unfilled need or trauma. The powerlessness at being able to resolve an underlying need can be expressed via either emotions or behaviors. With an addiction, suppressed anger may become visible through drinking and drug use. While the overall goal of addiction treatment is to understand the array of issues that support the drug and alcohol use (keeping in mind that genetics are also in play here), different methods…

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SBIRT: Opening Up Addiction Treatment Pathways

SBIRT: Opening Up Addiction Treatment Pathways

While individuals receiving or in need of substance abuse treatment may not have heard of the acronym SBIRT, this new public health approach is making a difference in their lives. SBIRT is designed to identify those in need of help with drug or alcohol addictions. More importantly, it is designed to provide early intervention and treatment. SBIRT seeks to identify those with full-blown addictions, as well individuals at risk. “If I’d only gotten help earlier” or “if I’d never started” is a mantra shared by many people with substance abuse addictions, and in part SBIRT is intended to address those…

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