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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

What is NAS? Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) refers to a condition in which newborns experience drug withdrawal shortly after birth due to drug exposure in utero. Today, one of the most common causes of NAS is maternal use or abuse of opioids during pregnancy. In the case of opioids, NAS can result from the use of…

World Mental Health Day

Mental Health Matters

Back in August, in Miami, local police officers saved a young man from ending his life. He was hanging from an overpass, over one of the busiest highways in our city, at the young age of 19. As I write this post, I don’t have an update on his condition, other than he survived thanks to…

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International Overdose Awareness Day

August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day, which will lead us right into National Recovery Month in September. This year, SAMHSA is designating the month for us to “Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections.” Considering the unprecedented time we’re living in, human connection has never been more important and harder to reach. I’ve received…

telehealth & addiction treatment industry

Telehealth is Breaking Down Walls in Our Industry

An interesting study has just been released which examined the performance of telehealth technology for behavioral health, SUD, and addiction treatment in general. Indeed, virtual health is changing the relationship between caregiver and patient. Three solid conclusions: The use of virtual behavioral health could expand care for more than 53 million Americans facing these conditions.…

coronavirus and addiction treatment

A Tale of Two Crises: Part 2

Mental health and addiction experts are warning that the COVID-19 pandemic may derail the fragile progress they’ve made addressing the opioid crisis. As fear, anxiety and economic uncertainties mount, officials fear a new wave of addiction in the making. A third crisis. Of course, we’re all asking: “How long?”  But now we’re also asking a more…

addiction treatment & coronavirus

A Tale of Two Crises: Part 1

When Jenny, age 34, learned that her Boston-area AA meetings had been moved online in response to the Massachusetts COVID-19 situation, she was alarmed, “The whole point is to be around people and feel connected. I’ll be totally missing that.” Jenny’s not alone. While individuals in recovery today have options to attend meetings and receive…

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Patients Seeking Treatment on the Rise

We haven’t seen the worst of COVID-19. As widespread testing begins, we’ll have a better picture of the scope of this crisis in the days ahead. In any event, treatment professionals are battling for the recovery of an increasing number of patients, and to stay safe.Stress, fear, anxiety…the vulnerability of addiction during a pandemic.The increased…