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…

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The Attraction and Power of Familiarity - The Emotional Cement that Keeps People Stuck in Active Addiction

The Attraction and Power of Familiarity – The Emotional Cement that Keeps People Stuck in Active Addiction

Change rarely comes easily. Making significant change in any aspect of life is really hard, as well as frightening. The greater the change, the higher the degree of difficulty and fear associated with it. Similar to physical workouts, there is a general correlation between the discomfort we are willing to go through and the outcomes…

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Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM on Co-occurring Chronic Pain and Addiction

By themselves, addiction and chronic pain can be debilitating. When brought together, they comprise extremely complicated co-occurring disorders. Addiction is among the most serious public health problems in the United States. In 2010, an estimated 22.1 million persons aged twelve or older were classified with substance dependence or abuse in the past year—8.7 percent of…

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Finding Balance without Pain Medications for Those with Chronic Pain

Imbalance of Physical life Imbalance of the body can manifest as fatigue, aching, nausea, sleep disturbance, and increased pain. Medication use affects your body. Stopping opioid medications under medical supervision (medically-monitored withdrawal) will cause a physical upheaval for a time, and balance may be difficult to achieve until your body recovers its own store of…

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