Mental illness and substance abuse can overwhelm those affected and their loved ones. Having both problems poses even bigger challenges. Here’s what you should know.
Find yourself drinking more than you meant to — or faster than you intended? Five red flags signal when drinking has become a problem in your life. But help is always available, and it’s never too late to ask for it.
More and more, we are hearing about the use and abuse of opioid pain medications in recent years. Experts say the widespread abuse of this class of drugs started more than two decades ago. Across the country today, healthcare authorities are paying much more attention to the problem, and doctors are taking this into consideration … Read More
People should remember that drug addictions are physical illnesses, says Gregory Collins, MD, Section Head of Cleveland Clinic’s Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center. In this video, he discusses how drugs impact brain cell function, which in turn impacts everything we do and experience in life. Anything that changes how our brain cells function controls our … Read More
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The FDA approved a new chronic pain drug in July, the latest step in the FDA’s efforts to reduce the widespread abuse of extended-release/long-acting opioid painkillers. The drug, Targiniq ER, is for treating pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term treatment. It aims to treat patients who find other treatment options inadequate. Targiniq ER has properties that are … Read More
For recovering alcoholics, particularly those who quit drinking in the recent past, this festive time of the year can be a difficult one — and altering your usual holiday routine to encourage sobriety is definitely something to consider, says Jason Jerry, MD, staff physician at the Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center at Cleveland Clinic’s Lutheran … Read More