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By On November 19th, 2016

Surgeon General Releases Stigma Reducing Report on Addiction

Earlier this week, Surgeon General,  Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, released a report about the impact of the disease of addiction in the U.S. The statistics around how many of us are affected by substance use disorders are staggering, as well as the number of individuals who die from a disease that is treatable.  I found the most…

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By On July 14th, 2016

Chaka Khan Enters Rehab for Fentanyl Addiction

It’s just really become an all too familiar cycle. We lose another talented artist to the disease of addiction; we feel sad; we talk about what could’ve been done differently; then we pretty quickly move on looking for any “good” or “silver lining” to come from the tragedy. Earlier this week, it was announced via…

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By On June 25th, 2016

Doctors Realize Heroin Addicts Are Already Their Patients

The small town of Bridgton, Maine, like so many towns and cities of various size, has been hit hard by the opiate epidemic. Instead of waiting for someone else to provide much needed substance abuse treatment, doctors in this town decided to begin treating it themselves. A mental health professional was among the first to…

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By On June 2nd, 2016

Opioids: Why do some get addicted and others don’t?

Even before I worked in the field of mental health and substance abuse, I often wondered why some people try a drug and get hooked right away, and others with an “I’ll try anything once” sort of attitude skate by without a problem. The outdated moral model’s take on addiction would apply a character defect…

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By On May 13th, 2016

Brookhaven Hospital will be on KJRH Channel 2: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Brookhaven Hospital has been asked by Channel 2, KJRH news, to participate in a story about the opioid epidemic. Brookhaven team members will be in the KJRH studio and available by phone during the 5 pm and 6 pm newscasts on Tuesday, May 17th, to answer questions from viewers about addiction to prescription drugs. Addiction…

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By On March 29th, 2016

New Program Includes Mom in the Care of Opiate Addicted Newborns

Lately, I’ve read and listened to stories about many aspects of the opiate epidemic. Our hospital was even contacted by a local reporter for comment about the CDC’s recently released recommendations for doctors on prescribing opiates. The effects of this epidemic are far reaching. Over the weekend, I heard a story on NPR about the…

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By On March 4th, 2016

The Aftermath of an Overdose

Written by Kristi Whitaker, LMSW, CBIS The issue of opiate addiction, such as heroin, is showing up frequently in the media and has even been a topic in the presidential candidate debates. Often you will hear that an untreated drug addiction will end in either death or prison, but another serious outcome that tends to…

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By On January 26th, 2016

Hooked on “Recovery Road”

Recovery Road, a teenage drama about recovering from the disease of addiction, premiered last night on the channel, Freeform, formerly ABC Family. I was interested to watch the show since it’s the first to be centered around a teenager dealing with addiction. I think it delivered, and I plan to keep watching. It was a…

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By On December 4th, 2015

Scott Weiland Dead at 48

So many of Scott Weiland’s lyrics are embedded in my psyche.  It probably has something to do with the age that I was when I first heard phrases like: “Leavin on a Southern train only yesterday you lied promises of what I seemed to be only watched the time go by” and “Driving faster in…

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By On August 19th, 2015

Documentary Re-visits the Talent of Chris Farley

Last week, I watched the documentary, “I Am Chris Farley,” which was mostly about Farley’s rise to fame and his brilliant comedic talent.  As I watched and laughed at the now classic Saturday Night Live clips, I found myself longing for a different ending.  The cloud over it was the knowledge that his life came…

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