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Understanding Self-Medication and Addiction

Girl in Self-Medication for anxiety Dr. Mark Gold’s Research You Can Use Self-medication theory, as mainly advocated by Ed Khantzian, assumes that suffering is the driving force behind addiction. The theory hypothesizes that underlying psychological disorders force individuals to self-medicate. Patients are then distinguished as per their drugs of choice. For instance, if a patient had an alcohol use disorder, he [...]
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Ask the Expert – An Interview with Dr. Andrew Kolodny

Naloxone the opioid overdose antidote Dr. Andrew Kolodny was kind enough to be interviewed by Jacquelyn Ekern the Founder & President of Addiction Hope about the increased use of Naloxone or Narcan as an opioid overdose antidote. Mrs. Ekern: Naloxone or Narcan use is increasing, and some have found repeated overdoses by the same person. What should be done immediately after [...]
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“Bravery” Cells in the Hippocampus Indicate New Treatments for Anxiety

Person stressed and needs New Treatments for Anxiety Dr. Mark Gold’s Research You Can Use Bravery and risk-taking behavioral tendencies vary from individual to individual. Some can go skydiving and have the most amazing time, whereas some may feel dizzy just being on the third floor of a building. Diversity is a reality, and it’s important in helping to explain individual differences. Variations [...]
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Exercise Can Help Prevent Relapse into Cocaine Addiction

Lady in recovery from Exercise and Cocaine Addiction Dr. Mark Gold’s Research You Can Use Exercise has been proposed as “treatments” for an array of illnesses from Parkinson’s to cancer. Yet, there exists rarely enough evidence that is consistent from animal research to humans as there does for drug addiction. Exercise really is a treatment that could be prescribed in recovering addicts and [...]
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What Should We Do Now to Counter the OUD Epidemic? – Interventions and the Role of Drug Courts and Enforcement – Article 4

Courtroom in Drug Courts Dr. Mark Gold’s Research You Can Use Description- Law enforcement and drug courts play a fundamental role in the battle against opioid addiction and overdoses. The last article of the series discusses in detail the effectiveness of court-mandated treatment, the importance of initiating timely treatment for the offenders while they are still in prison, the [...]
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Assessing Public Policy Responses to the US Opioid Epidemic

US Opioid Epidemic Policies Dr. Mark Gold’s Research You Can Use The US Opioid Epidemic continues to grow. To counter the opioid use disorder, several policy responses have been initiated that focus on mitigation and prevention. This article discusses an important study that assesses various policy responses to combat the opioid crisis and their short-term and long-term pros and [...]
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