Taste of Recovery

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About The Event OLD SCHOOL SQUARE | DELRAY BEACH | 6PM The inaugural Taste of Recovery, a benefit for The Crossroads Club in Delray Beach, Florida, will be held on Saturday, June 3 from 6 – 10 pm at the Old School Square Pavilion at 51 North Swinton Ave, Delray Beach. Guests will enjoy savory […]

Recognizing Other Diseases That Come With Addiction

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“What does that mean?” asks Mary, a 23 year old female with long standing history of intravenous drug and alcohol abuse.  “How did this happen?” she asks.  Mary was just informed she has hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid disease).  Every day here at Whole Health people are diagnosed with conditions they don’t fully understand. When incorporating […]

The Close Connection Between Drug Addiction and Infection

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Drug addiction and infection share a very close connection. Most IV drug abusers have very little understanding of what else they are injecting into themselves besides their chosen drug.  Bacteria, fungus, viral contaminates, chemicals and even heavy metals can and usually do enter the blood stream each time a drug is injected. Sadly, genetics account […]

MAT Part 2: Addiction Antagonist Therapy

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This is the second part, and follow-up, article to the first which explained the definition and use of MAT or Medication Assisted Treatment, in addressing patients struggling with particular substance use disorders. The first article examined the use of opiate agonist MAT therapy (i.e. buprenorphine products/”Suboxone” and methadone), while this installment will examine the utility […]

Disease Models of Opiate Addiction

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As most of us are aware, the opioid and heroin problem in our country is at epidemic proportions, and I would go so far as to state unequivocally that we are dealing with a magnitude and severity of a situation in addiction medicine that is unprecedented in nature.  Suddenly, relapse isn’t an “oops let me […]

Treating Addiction in Pregnant Women

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America’s response to drug and alcohol addiction warrants an immediate and drastic approach in thinking.  For many, addiction has been perceived as a character flaw or a deficit in moral upbringing, rather than as a chronic disease of the brain. Drug related fatalities are rapidly increasing and currently hold the leading cause of accidental deaths […]

What Does (MAT) Medication Assisted Therapy Mean for Generation Z?

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MAT, in the context of Addiction Medicine, is an acronym that stands for “Medication Assisted Treatment”, and I will be discussing how this applies to opioid use disorders (addiction to heroin, Dilaudid, Roxicodone, etc.). In my first article introducing the concept of MAT, I discussed two different “models” often used to explain an individual’s predilection […]