Drug Addictions Are Physical Illnesses (Video)

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

FDA Approves a New Painkiller Designed to Thwart Abusers

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

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A Recovering Alcoholic’s Guide to the Holidays

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