Addiction Education

Addiction Does Not Discriminate.

The descriptions and circumstances are ever-changing as you look around the room. Despite the differing backgrounds, experiences, and ages, each of these individuals have something in common.
Addiction is complicating their life. Some still are holding down their job, some are still happy in their relationships, while some have nothing left, and others are losing grip on things they care about.

Self-Care in Battling PAWS (Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome)

My favorite group to do with our patients is on Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS). If you are new to this acronym, PAWS refers to the random cravings, dreams, mood swings, body aches, sweats, and other symptoms that come a few weeks after the initial withdrawal and detox – and they can keep coming up to …

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The Reality of Addiction All Around Us

I had an ironic encounter with someone the night before the Seabrook House Foundation’s Charity Golf Tournament that really made me thankful for where I’m at now in my life. For those who don’t know me that well, I have been sober going on 12 years now and abstinent from gambling for the past 4 years. As …

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10% of America’s Heroin Addicts Live in New Jersey

This week, I’m helping Radio 107.1 FM to raise awareness about the heroin epidemic that is ravaging our local communities. It’s a serious problem; according to on-air statistics, 10% of all heroin addicts nationwide live in New Jersey.  Last year, more people died from heroin overdose than from vehicular DWI accidents, and addicts are as young as 10 years old. …

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Hard Work Pays Off: Raising Heroin Awareness in NJ

Often times the one big message of successful recovery is “hard work pays off”. This week, and this month, and this year, that hard work has been raising awareness of the heroin epidemic in New Jersey, to prevent as much of the fallout from addiction as we can right now. And the hard work is …

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Ocean County DART Coalition Event May 27

Tonight is the Ocean County DART Coalition Forum “Can We Talk – Are You Listening?” at the Pine Belt Arena from 5pm to 9pm. The event is being organized by Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato, and will focus on the heroin epidemic that is sweeping through New Jersey’s communities. I will be there, along with Ryan …

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Inpatient Detox v. Outpatient Detox

In order to understand why outpatient detox for drug addicts and alcoholics rarely gives satisfactory results, we have to review a couple of things about addiction. Addiction is a compulsion to use a substance or behavior to alter the way we feel. However, it is more than that: it is a physical and emotional way …

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