Archive of ‘Addiction’ category

Substance Abuse Disorder

The Road to Recovery: How to Ask For Help When You’re Dealing With an Addiction

What was once widely referred to as addiction, but is now commonly known as Substance Abuse Disorder, is a dependence on a legal or illegal substance that has a detrimental impact on a person’s life.  The signs and symptoms of addiction vary with the type of drug, but a common factor with drug abuse is […] Read more…

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Drug Addiction vs. Substance Use Disorder: The Impact Language Can Have on Social Stigmas

New York City Drug Addiction Statistics in 2016 According to the most recent data from The National Survey on Drug Use, drug addiction and substance use disorder metrics in New York City are actually, slowly, improving. The national average of residents that reported using illicit substances in the past month is 8.82% and New York […] Read more…

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The Danger of Opiate Abuse and the rise of Fentanyl: Overdose Prevention and Treatment

The Rise in Fentanyl-Relateted Overdoses in New York City Recently some distressing news came from the New York City Department of Health: between July and October of 2016, nearly half (47% or about 350) of all overdose deaths in the city were related to the opiate Fentanyl. Taken without prescription and careful monitoring, Fentanyl can […] Read more…

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Suboxone Treatment: What You Need to Know

Seeking treatment for any addiction takes tremendous courage. Addiction to opiates is a national crisis, and a crisis for any family. Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) treatment is thought to be the most effective available option for opiate use disorders. So, what do you need to know about suboxone and suboxone treatment to decide if it’s right for […] Read more…

Why is it So Hard To Stop Using Pain Medications and What You Can Do About It?

While the vast majority of people who rely on prescription painkillers do so as directed and don’t develop any issues, studies show that as many as 6000 people per day start using them non-medically. In this post I want to discuss several subjects…among them: Where is the line between appropriate use and addiction? What are […] Read more…

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How, Exactly, Can a Psychiatrist Help with My Addiction?

Addiction affects millions of people each year but it’s not a battle you have to fight alone, nor is it one that is easily fought alone. Help is available by way of AA meetings, support groups, therapy, and medication and more. In fact, sometimes the treatment options can be dizzying. Working collaboratively with a psychiatrist […] Read more…

Are You an Emotional Eater?

Food is everywhere we look; on television, the internet, billboard signs, magazines, you name it. We need food to survive but are you using food properly? The primary functions of food are to provide nourishment and fuel our bodies. Are you eating to provide your body with nourishment or for another reason? What is Emotional […] Read more…

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Are Medications Available to Prevent Drinking?

Absolutely! Because millions of people struggle with alcohol dependence, medications are available to help curb the desire to consume alcohol. Medications have been used for decades to help treat and prevent alcohol abuse and the results continue to be encouraging. In fact, the first medication to be used for alcohol dependence was first prescribed as […] Read more…

food addiction

What is Food Addiction?

The truth is, more than one-third of Americans are obese. Two out of three adults are overweight, and 17% of our children are overweight. So, with a dieting industry of over $40 billion a year, why are 90% of these programs failing? Today I will discuss the realities of food addiction and how it can […] Read more…