Addiction is complex problem, with social, psychological, and biological underpinnings. The scope of the problem is at epidemic proportions. Thanks to decades of scientific research, we are better equipped than ever to comprehend the causes, complications, and effective social and medical treatments for addiction.
Navigating physical, medical, emotional, and social aspects of addiction can be overwhelming to patients, families, and even treatment providers.
Arwen Podesta, MD, ABAM, ABIHM, is a clinician, speaker, teacher, and writer. She is board certified in psychiatry, addiction medicine, forensic psychiatry, and holistic and integrative medicine. Her prior background in massage therapy and then biochemistry led her to seek further education, and now she is able to help patients on many levels. She uses all her training and knowledge to comprehensively treat individuals and families, looking at micro- and macroscopic imbalances affecting mental wellness.
As of spring 2016 there have been three very important changes surrounding the opioid epidemic and treatment. The Center for Disease Control published extensive guidelines related to the prescribing of opioid painkillers, recommending restricting the number of pain pills prescribed, prescribing for fewer days, and assessing the risk of the pill misuse. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) released practice guidelines that include giving patients or their family members a prescription for naloxone, an opioid overdose rescue kit.
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