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WHOLISTIC APPROACH TO ADDICTION

                                           WHOLISTIC APPROACH TO TREAT ADDICTION

 

Addiction can be viewed as a Negative or a Potential Positive. You can be Addicted to Medicine and Study (18) hours per day. You can be Addicted to Running and become an Olympic Runner. You can be Addicted to being the Best and run a Large Factory.

Why not Replace some of our Opium Addictions with viable Alternatives like being an Engineer... more »

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Neurofeedback is strange, cheap, safe and 80% effective.

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Gary Ames is a licensed psychologist. Board certified in Neurofeedback with 20 years of this experience and an advocate for this method of brainwave training. I have worked with many clients with both pain and addictions with the 80% success rates that research verifies. See www.CalmFocus.com.

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Sex Work, Financial Desperation and the Opioid Epidemic

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I assume zero research on this topic. I moved to Columbus, Oh a few years ago and have been shocked to see the prevalence of opioid addiction + sex work. Realistically, they are some of the few jobs available to desperate women with young families. There simply are no other jobs and ways for poor single moms to feed families. Of course, the sex work for adults degrades into child prostitution and abuse. Violence + murder... more »

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Opioids and Booze

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The British - David Nutt - did a survey showing alcoholism far more destructive to people, places and things overall - by far. What are the co-morbidity and measurement of harm done to oneself, family, workplace, neighbors and community of the separate and combined alcohol and opioid addiction afflictions?

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Childhood Trauma, Economic Inequality and Distress

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I live in Columbus, Oh, epicenter of this horrible, growing epidemic, the body bags were overflowing before covid. My study, and first hand stories I am told, suggest that undiagnosed and untreated intergenerational family mental illness > trauma, combined with severe and worsening economic inequality/distress, are first order causes of the original substance usage behaviors - typically at very young ages. Inherited genetic... more »

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Increasing Family Resilience in Substance Use Disorder

I have been an emergency department nurse for twenty years and I am now a nurse researcher at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. I am in the early career phase of developing a program of research to support family members affected by substance use disorder.

Research suggests the family experience with OUD differs from other types of caregiver experiences because of overwhelming public stigma and societal compassion... more »

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knowledge of the major cause of the opioid addiction epidemic

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I have been a Massage Therapist for 23 years. I have absolute confidence of the major cause of the Opioid Addiction that was recorded to begin 20 years ago. IT is due to the "distance running" requirement in the public schools that began about 35 years ago. I have found that symptoms do not surface for about 10-15 years. I would be willing to prove it and demonstrate if you set up a study. Otherwise I will be publishing... more »

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Interconnectivity of trauma, pain and addiction

I had the unique experience of coming off vast quantities of opiates while severely disabled from a rare nerve syndrome. I was barely able to walk, had been unable to sit for three years and had a full time home health care aide.

 

Pain was throughout my left side— searing and unrelenting. With high enough doses of opiates I had periods of pseudo relief when euphoria or near unconsciousness made the pain move to the... more »

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Fentanyl's Long-Term Effects and Sudden Respiratory Failure

I'm a frontline healthcare worker at a low-barrier harm reduction drop-in center. I serve people who inject drugs via our outreach van, which carries syringes, safer injection equipment, naloxone, linkage to MAT/other services, food, and other resources for marginalized populations in Washington D.C. I've been working in harm reduction since 2013 and have seen fentanyl's contamination of the drug supply devastate communities... more »

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Examining the Effectiveness of Heroin-Assisted Treatment (HAT)

I'm a frontline healthcare worker at a low-barrier harm reduction drop-in center. I serve people who inject drugs via our outreach van, which carries syringes, safer injection equipment, naloxone, linkage to MAT/other services, food, and other resources for marginalized populations in Washington D.C. I've been working in harm reduction since 2013 and have seen fentanyl's contamination of the drug supply devastate communities... more »

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Pregnant people need more support during pregnancy and beyond

Pregnancy is a time of increased motivation, increased support, increased access to healthcare and other resources, and more. Many pregnant people make significant changes in their use of substances during pregnancy, but, unfortunately, relapse to substances is incredibly common during the postpartum. There needs to be more focus and effort on how we can help pregnant people make sustainable changes in their substance... more »

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Environmental determinants of health and opioid addiction

Think it would be interesting to look at environmental determinants of health that could be used towards primary and secondary prevention of opioid addiction. Given that there is evidence of positive mental health benefits (important as it relates to addiction) as well as cardiovascular and other health benefits (important given the higher risk of mortality and morbidity associated with opioid addiction).

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Provide places of faith practice a turnkey model for SUD

We ask the places of faith practice to get more involved in the prevention and ministering to those dealing with substance use disorders, and they have responded with interest, however, we really do not have much to give to them so they can get up and running.

The Faith Organizations know how to provide ministry to those who suffer, they understand the families, but they do not know the issues a family is likely to face... more »

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Chronic Pain Patients

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I am an American and unfortunately, a member of the 70 million adult Americans living with Chronic Pain. Due to the 2016 Center for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines, many CPP's are being denied opioids and/or dosages involuntarily lowered as well as being abandoned by their doctors who are fearful of repercussions.

There is a large difference between Opioid Dependence and Opioid Addiction.

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