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Kratom: 2020 Review of the Hope and Hype

Southeast Asia Landscape Coffee Plants Mitragyna speciose or Kratom is a plant in the coffee family (Rubiaceae) native to Southeast Asia and Thailand [1]. Their leaves have caused opioid-like and stimulant responses upon ingestion. Kratom is also known as Biak, Ketum, Kakuam, or Ithang or Thom. The principle pharmacologically active compounds present in Kratom are the indole alkaloids, mitragynine, and [...]
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Professionals with Addiction

Aging Man with Oxycontin addiction The stigma attached to addiction is extensive and shameful for those who struggle with substance use particularly for professionals with addiction. Society has a way of seeing people as labels. When someone is faced with addiction, there is the fear of being labeled as an “addict” or “junkie,” rather than a person who is struggling [...]
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Alcoholics Anonymous, 12 Steps and Alcohol Use Disorders: Actual Science Confirms Effectiveness

Nature Bridge in Forest Throughout my career, I have heard various experts suggest that Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) did not work or that 12-Step programs were not evidence-based treatments. My mentor, while a leader in the use of medications in opioid use disorders, taught me to take patients from the Yale Emergency Room to AA meetings for alcohol problems. He [...]
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