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What’s the Answer to Substance Abuse?

Dan M. Asimus M.D., M.S.Ed

Alcohol and drug abuse is an international epidemic blazing out of control. Many individuals and families have been so traumatized by its effects. Often it begins innocently and then addiction gets its grip and begins to injure and destroy lives and those around them. Approximately 53% of adults in the United States have reported that one or more of their close relatives has a drinking problem. But, what are the solutions? Why is the epidemic occurring? Why is the relapse rate so high? What are we missing? Continue reading

Wall Street Journal: A Prescription to End Drinking


New understanding of how alcohol affects the brain is prompting addiction experts to make a push for using medications to help people quit or cut down on excessive drinking.
For years, treatment has meant 28 days of rehab or a 12-step program. Success meant total abstinence. Only 1 in 10 of the 17 million Americans with a drinking problem ever tried.

The Economist Explains Why Heroin Has Made A Comeback in America


HEROIN was a scourge of America’s cities in the 1960s and 70s. But then it seemed to go out of fashion. By the 1990s it was less widely used than crack cocaine. In Europe its use has continued to decline, with the number of addicts falling by about one-third in the past decade. In America, by contrast, it is resurgent. Last year nearly 700,000 Americans took the drug, twice as many as a decade ago. It is now more popular than crack, by some measures. What explains heroin’s return?


Drugs to Aid Alcoholics See Little Use, Study Finds

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Two medications could help tens of thousands of alcoholics quit drinking, yet the drugs are rarely prescribed to patients, researchers reported…

“It’s been a slow transition getting these medications onto the medical agenda,” she said. “But patients need to know that addiction is a biological condition of the brain and that we have treatments to improve it.”

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