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Can New Genetic Test Help in the Battle Against Alcoholism?

Can New Genetic Test Help in the Battle Against Alcoholism?

Twenty million Americans struggle with alcohol abuse. Another 65 million report recent episodes of binge drinking. Eighty-eight thousand U.S. citizens die annually from the effects of alcoholism. Roughly eight percent of those with alcohol abuse syndrome seek treatment – and of those, only 20% receive medication-assisted treatment. Why is that…

Emergency Room Overdose Admissions Up

Emergency Room Overdose Admissions Up

In a paper published this month by the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University report an alarming surge in opioid overdose emergency room admissions during the current pandemic. According to the data released, visits to the VCU Medical Center emergency room for non-fatal opioid overdoses…

Aware Recovery Care Now Serving Florida

Aware Recovery Care Now Serving Florida

Aware Recovery Care is now actively serving individuals struggling with addiction to alcohol and/or drugs in Palm Beach and Broward Counties in Florida. Aware is known for its novel pandemic safe, in-home addiction treatment model – one that brings care to those in need in the comfort and privacy of…

New Clues Emerge on Alcohol and Dementia

New Clues Emerge on Alcohol and Dementia

It has long been known that alcohol abuse often leads to significant cognitive decline – even dementia. The puzzling question is, why? Medical researchers in Austria have discovered a possible cause. Iron deposits in the brains of heavy drinkers. The cause of those deposits? According to the thesis, advanced by…

Study - Popular Addiction Treatment Drug Underutilized.

Study - Popular Addiction Treatment Drug Underutilized.

As opioid overdose deaths rise across America, a number of addiction specialists are asking an important question. Why are so few physicians prescribing buprenorphine (or Bupe) —an opioid-based drug shown to be helpful in the treatment of addiction? The question is a good one. Some experts suggest more physicians need…

Language Clues to Drinking Problems

Language Clues to Drinking Problems

Throughout the ages, people have used different words to describe how they felt when drunk. In the 1920s, "blotto" was used. In the '50s, "honkers" was commonly used. Researchers from Penn State now believe the language a young person uses to describe how they feel when they drink may help…

Another Warning About Opioids

Another Warning About Opioids

For over twenty years, physicians in the U.S. have overprescribed opioids. As an example, in 2017 alone, health care providers in the U.S. wrote more than 191 million prescriptions for opioids—a rate of 58.7 prescriptions per 100 people. The result? Hundreds of thousands of people have died from opioid overdoses…

Key Addiction Treatment Option Missing at Many Treatment Centers

Key Addiction Treatment Option Missing at Many Treatment Centers

Medication-assisted treatment of addiction is hailed by many experts as “must have” for effective addiction treatment care. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows that such treatment is anything but standard care at most residential treatment centers in the U.S. According to the website…

FDA Releases New Opioid Guidelines

FDA Releases New Opioid Guidelines

The Food and Drug Administration has just announced new opioid prescribing guidelines for physicians. The new guidance is simple. If your patient doesn’t have a history of addiction, educate them about naloxone (often referred to as Narcan), a drug that can counteract an opioid overdose in minutes.If your patient has…

Drug Overdoses Exploding as COVID-19 Rages

Drug Overdoses Exploding as COVID-19 Rages

With all the focus on COVID-19, a second, little-noticed but deadly epidemic has been spreading across the nation. Until now… According to hospital and police records, drug overdoses nationally jumped 18 percent in March (the start of the pandemic), 29 percent in April, and 42 percent in May. Addiction specialists…

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