An Excerpt on Addiction – by Dan Mager, MSW — Author of Some Assembly Required – A Balanced Approach to Recovery from Addiction and Chronic Pain

Addiction begins with the mood-changing effects of substances. At first, people often experience positive effects by using drugs to change the way they feel. Through using they feel “good” or “better.” Many drugs of abuse produce distinct feelings of pleasure, some of which are especially striking and powerful. Using helps people temporarily avoid or lessen…

FDA Recognizes Prescription Pain Pill Dangers; Wants Limits on Most Prescribed Painkillers

In a major policy shift, the US Food and Drug Administration said in an online notice last month that hydrocodone-containing drugs should be subject to the same restrictions as other narcotic drugs like oxycodone and morphine. This is a welcome and overdue recognition of a problem that brings clients from all over the country to…

Addiction, Drug Abuse & Stigma – How This Fits With Chronic Pain

You may have recently read about Las Vegas entertainer Danny Gans whose untimely death was caused by “acute hydromorphone intoxication” and “chronic pain syndrome” according to the death certificate. The story is incomplete and may never be complete–but, clearly, this talented performer died as a result of taking a powerful painkiller, perhaps without a prescription.…