Drug Abuse and Addiction Treatment Articles

Lakeview Health is dedicated to providing information about drug addiction, mental health disorders, addiction treatment protocols and a host of other subjects related to improving your health and increasing your chances of maintaining long-term abstinence.


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Why Misusing More Than One Substance is Extremely Dangerous
By Michael Rass on December 21, 2016
Before patients begin their treatment at Lakeview Health, our doctors, nurses, and therapists will thoroughly evaluate and assess their medical condition and addiction history so they can develop an individualized treatment plan.Often, clients reveal that they have been using more than one drug or drugs in combination with heavy alcohol misuse. They may take ...
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Don’t Wait for the Consequences of Drug Abuse to Unfold Before Seeking Help
By Michael Rass on November 21, 2016
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines addiction as a “chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.” Most addiction professionals work with this definition, but the terminology of addiction is changing.In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association introduced the comprehensive diagnosis of substance use disorder in ...
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Florida Votes For Medical Marijuana
By Michael Rass on November 10, 2016
Florida voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana for patients with certain “debilitating medical conditions” on Tuesday. An astonishing 71.3 percent of voters approved the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, also known as Amendment 2.It will allow medical marijuana to be provided as a treatment for patients with a “debilitating medical condition” defined as “...
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Anxiety Often Co-Occurs with Substance Use: Wells Fargo and Hand Sanitizer
By Lakeview Health on November 1, 2016
The silicates (at left) in hand sanitizer can be separated from the gel, leaving behind alcohol in liquid form.Stress is one factor that can lead people to turn to drugs and alcohol. The pressures of work, home, and family can sometimes overwhelm people. While some find healthy ways to deal with stress, others use ...
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Why Medical Marijuana Is Not What You Think
By Michael Rass on October 27, 2016
Floridians will vote on November 8th on a constitutional amendment that will legalize medical marijuana in the state, if adopted. Recent polls indicate that this time, it will surpass the necessary 60 percent approval margin.In 2014, a similar measure failed to achieve this required supermajority but received a 57.6 percent ‘yes’ vote. Following the ballot, Florida’s ...
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Anxiety and Alcohol Abuse in Elizabeth Vargas’ Memoir of Panic and Addiction
By Michael Rass on October 19, 2016
Elizabeth Vargas (Photo: Facebook)Former ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas covered the 9/11 attacks on America, the invasion of Iraq, and the Amanda Knox trial. While appearing poised and professional on television, she was desperately trying to control her panic attacks. She did what many women do when they suffer from relentless anxiety—she self-medicated with ...
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Prescription for Change: President Obama and Macklemore Team Up to Combat Opioid Epidemic
By Michael Rass on October 8, 2016
President Obama and Macklemore at the White House in May (Photo: White House) Last year, Macklemore took on the opioid epidemic with a new song.“Kevin” addressed the addiction crisis with lyrics like “a pill that a doctor prescribed / and a drug that a million dollar industry supplied,” homing in on the controversial use ...
A Healing Environment for Women in Recovery
By Michael Rass on October 3, 2016
Recovery is different for women.Stephanie Covington is a pioneer in the field of women’s issues, addiction, and recovery. She is also the main inspiration behind the women’s program at Lakeview Health. For Dr. Covington, a healing environment should be characterized by safety, connection, and empowerment.“In one of the first studies on ...
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Recovery Month 2016: Art Therapy
By Lakeview Health on September 21, 2016
By: Candace Guillory, M.S., A.T.R.Art Therapist About Art Therapy Within the art therapy sessions, I encourage patients to explore identity, barriers to feeling empowered, personal goals in sobriety, and deficits in self-esteem.  I witness patients transform and engage within a creative and spiritual awakening as they draw, paint, sculpt, and ...
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The Recovery of Abby Wambach
By Michael Rass on September 14, 2016
Wambach (Photo: Wiki Commons)With 184 goals, she is the leading career scorer—male or female—in international soccer. Wambach has more international goals than Pelé and Lionel Messi combined. The openly lesbian athlete retired in December after leading the U.S. Women’s National Team to its third world championship in 2015.Wambach was the FIFA ...