Topic: risk factors
Truth Comes Out
Some people are surprised that someone could function at such a high level in public despite significant drug use, but that’s something addiction has been known for.
Topics: opioids, prescription medications, risk factors
Is Cannabis Addictive?
The best answer is the one we came up with to explain the selectivity of alcoholism: Differences in individual susceptibility.
Topics: addiction and the brain, cannabis, risk factors
Landing On Your Feet
For most of us, personal risk management boils down to inserting a process of logical reasoning between the desire and the action.
Topics: decision making, early recovery, maintaining sobriety, risk factors
It’s also not too difficult to create a ‘homemade’ variety using raw ingredients purchased on the dark web and a common pill press.
Topics: drug trafficking, opioids, prescription medications, risk factors
There’s no blood test, no scan to aid diagnosis. Knowing intellectually that one in ten will succumb is very little help; it has no practical value in terms of predicting an individual outcome.
Topics: addiction and the brain, opioids, physicians, prescription medications, risk factors
Problems show up first in hospital emergency rooms and in jails. Those are the closest thing we have to an early warning system.
Topics: cannabis, consequences, risk factors
Vagaries of Vaping
Helps to think of an electronic cigarette as just another drug delivery device, along the lines of a high-tech crack pipe, capable of carrying a number of different substances to the brain.
Topics: addictive substances, risk factors, tobacco, vaping
The flaw in this very late-stage view of addiction… is the suggestion that somehow, addiction is the patient’s fault. Avoidable if the patient simply followed directions.
Topics: MAT, opioids, prescription medications, risk factors
Attorneys, Physicians, and Alcohol
I never saw much difference between a lawyer or a doctor bitching about his job in group, and the same behavior from a CPA or a techie or a long-distance trucker.
Topics: alcoholism, risk factors
Medical Cannabis: A Review
It may alter the nature of society’s challenges, and move them to other sectors of the economy, but I expect we’ll continue to have difficulties.
Topics: cannabis, health care, risk factors