Drug Addiction

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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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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Addiction Treatment and Trauma

Of the many root causes of addiction, trauma has some of the most extreme mental health side effects. Luckily, trauma-specific treatment is available in addiction recovery. Whether the trauma stems from your childhood, teenager years or even from early adulthood, it has the capacity to affect how you use and abuse substances. By learning more about the types of trauma and how they are treated, you can become equipped with resources that lead to a path of healing. Regardless of your trauma history, there is hope and help out there.  

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When It Takes More Than Once

When It Takes More Than Once

S. was 14 when her doctor prescribed her painkillers for chronic migraines. At the time, she didn’t think much of it. As far as she as concerned, it was simply another prescription. The kids at school knew better. “They saw what I had, and said ‘you could get f***** up on those,’” she told Foundations Recovery Network in this interview about her journey. “They suggested I start taking two at a time. So I did.” S. loved the carefree feeling she got whenever she did. But it wasn’t until the birth of her first child that it began to represent […]

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Myths and Realities About Addiction

Myths and Realities About Addiction

The reason so many people battling addiction don’t end up getting help is because they are often misunderstood, sometimes even by their primary care physicians. Certain myths about addiction have been propagated for well over a century despite loads of scientific evidence that dispelled these false ideas years ago. Here are six such myths and their corresponding realities. Myth: Addiction is a moral failing. Reality: Addiction is a disease based upon many things, including genetics, mental health and physical dependency. President Obama1 and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy2 even have called on Americans in recent months to get this […]

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