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Doctor Shopping and the Opioid Crisis

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By Wesley H. Gallagher Opioid-related deaths exceeded 33,000 for the first time in 2015, despite increased efforts to curb the epidemic. Almost half of those deaths involved prescription opioids.1 In a recent press conference, President Donald Trump even officially declared the opioid crisis in America a national emergency. But what can healthcare and government agencies do to turn the tide? One practice contributing to the current crisis is “doctor shopping,” in which patients seek prescription painkillers to feed their opioid addiction, often seeing several doctors simultaneously and filling prescriptions at multiple pharmacies. In an example from a report released by […]

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7 Social Life Strategies for Early Recovery

7 Social Life Strategies for Early Recovery

When you’re in the early stages of recovery, navigating your social life may feel scary and overwhelming. How do you deal with your old friends? Should you make new ones? What will you tell people? Here are seven social life strategies from addiction experts and people who’ve been there. Be Willing to Let Your Old Friends Go “I think one of the most challenging things about early recovery is figuring out how to replace that dysfunctional, unhealthy group that you used to have with something that’s more supportive and encouraging,” says Laura Longville, a licensed addiction counselor in Rapid City, […]

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How Residential Treatment Actually Reduces the Need and Cost of Healthcare

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It’s no secret that the costs associated with healthcare can be quite momentous. Whether it’s routine dental care, a check-up with your primary care physicians, or something more exotic like appendix removal, even individuals with the best insurance coverage will often be required to make an out-of-pocket contribution. Meanwhile, any individual without health coverage is forced to foot the entire bill on his or her own, and depending on the scenario, that could mean hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of dollars. Clearly, healthcare is expensive. In a perfect world, we could choose to simply stay healthy and spare […]

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New Study: The More Time Spent in Treatment, the Better the Chances for Long-Term Recovery

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The more time you spend in treatment, the more likely you are to remain sober, regardless of your substance of choice. According to a study published in January’s edition of Open Journal of Psychiatry, those who completed the standard, 30-day residential treatment program had just over a 50 percent success rate. However, those who stayed more than 30 days experienced a success rate of 84 percent, a nearly unheard of number.1 This is significant because most insurance plans only will pay for 30 days. Lead author Dr. Akikur Mohammad and colleagues said that means it is critical that people transition […]

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Turning Trauma into Triumph: How Tragedy Can Lead to Life’s Greatest Blessing

It may seem overly optimistic and unrealistic, until you talk to someone who has experienced it: Extreme trauma can lead to the oft-unrealized blessing of true inner peace and a better life. There have been examples throughout history: Princess Diana’s children, Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s inspirational life and even soldiers like J.R. Martinez, who despite having PTSD and losing half his face in a roadside bomb attack, went on to become a daytime drama television star and a motivational speaker. Much like “The Bionic Man” or “The Bionic Woman,” with the right treatment, therapists can rebuild those who have suffered great […]

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