Addiction and Pain

Pain is the most common symptom that brings patients to our office and chronic pain is a co-existing disease state in more than 50% of the patients we see on a regular basis. A disproportionate share of the chronic pain patients we treat have been discharged from other practices because of alleged misuse of medicine, […]

Welcome to My Hydrocodone Party

The hydrocodone epidemic is affecting an increasingly younger patient population and creating a new breed of addicts.  Consider this information, according to data from a recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 75 percent of new users of pain relievers are under 25 and 38 percent are under 18 years.  I see […]

Things You Must Know About Alcohol Abuse

Abuse of alcoholic beverages continues to be a serious problem in the United States of America and many youngsters are becoming victims of this harmful practice. What is alcohol abuse? According to the DSM-IV, alcohol abuse can be defined as the continued over use of alcoholic beverages even after knowing the behavior is harmful to […]

Suboxone Strip Tease

The Suboxone® Sublingual Film has been available in most pharmacies since September 2010 and so far, patient feedback has been mostly positive. The majority of patients previously on the Suboxone sublingual tablets have been willing to convert to the Suboxone Film because the manufacturer wisely offers a $75 coupon! This coupon can be used twice […]

Suboxone Diversion Crisis

Suboxone® (buprenorphine) therapy is one of the most promising treatments for opiate addiction. Buprenorphine is the first addiction drug that can be doctor-prescribed in the office, much like medications for the treatment of “common” conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. Until buprenorphine was approved for the treatment of opioid dependency, methadone was the best option […]