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6Jun, 2018

SOCIAL MEDIA AND DUAL RELATIONSHIPS

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SOCIAL MEDIA AND DUAL RELATIONSHIPS: Due to legal and ethical considerations, we will not “friend” or accept a request to connect with a patient on any social media site, including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn. Medical Treatment and Services is not a friendship, but a working relationship where you have a protected, confidential space with which to work on yourself and resolve your personal struggles with the assistance of a trained, objective professional. Planned, outside social contact is also not allowed, such as lunches or coffee […]
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4Jun, 2018

List of Resources for our Mental Health and Addiction Medicine Patients

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List of Resources for our Mental Health and Addiction Medicine Patients   Please note: These links are provided as a convenience and do not imply endorsement. We are  not responsible for content, claims or representations provided on these websites and do not guarantee the accuracy of the information they contain.   HOSPITAL AND RESOURCE NUMBERS EMERGENCIES- CALL 911 GEORGIA CRISIS LINE- 1-800-715-4225 SUICIDE CRISIS LINE- 1-800-273-8255   LAURELWOOD HOSPITAL 770-531-3800 200 Wisteria Dr, Gainesville, GA 30501   PEACHFORD HOSPITAL 770-455-3200 2151 Peachford Rd Atlanta, GA 30338   RIDGEVIEW HOSPITAL 770-434-4567 […]
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25May, 2018

Happy Memorial Day.

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Happy Memorial Day Everyone. “Memorial Day remains one of America’s most cherished patriotic observances. The spirit of this day has not changed—it remains a day to honor those who died defending our freedom and democracy.” —Doc Hastings
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24May, 2018

The Sinclair Method for Alcohol Use Disorders

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What is the Sinclair Method? The Sinclair Method for Alcohol Use Disorders is an evidence-based treatment for problematic drinking developed by Dr. John D. Sinclair.  Unlike traditional treatments that require complete abstinence from alcohol, the Sinclair Method allows you to continue drinking alcohol  at the beginning of treatment. In fact, treatment success depends on the continued consumption of alcohol in combination with the prescription medication Naltrexone. There are no meetings, chips, or higher powers with this program, although your provider may recommend some types of counseling. Naltrexone for Alcohol Dependence Naltrexone is at the heart […]
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22May, 2018

Causes of Low Back Pain

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        Low Back Pain The vast majority of low back pain is mechanical in nature. In many cases, low back pain is associated with spondylosis, a term that refers to the general degeneration of the spine associated with normal wear and tear that occurs in the joints, discs, and bones of the spine as people get older. Some examples of mechanical causes of low back pain include: Sprains and strains account for most acute back pain. Sprains are caused by overstretching or tearing ligaments, and strains are tears […]
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21May, 2018

Leg Pain

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Leg Pain The lower parts of your legs take the brunt of your day-to-day life. You shouldn’t have to be in pain, though. Medical treatments can help if your doctor says you have a condition like leg cramps, blood clots, or issues with the nerves. Muscle cramp. It can strike in your sleep or in the middle of the day. This sudden, tight, intense lower leg pain is sometimes called a “charley horse.” When it takes a grip, it can get worse quickly. It happens when your muscles are tired or […]
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3May, 2018

Legal Disclaimer

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Legal Disclaimer This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about med­i­cine, health and related sub­jects.  The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately-licensed physi­cian or other health care worker. Never dis­re­gard pro­fes­sional med­ical advice or delay in seek­ing it because of some­thing you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you […]
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23Apr, 2018

12 Myths of Drug and Alcohol Addiction

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12 Myths of Drug and Alcohol Addiction If you have ever experienced drug and alcohol addiction, whether it was your own substance use or a loved one’s, you were likely on the receiving end of opinions from others. US culture and its collective views on addiction are often rooted in shame, degradation, and negativity. More importantly, however, the mainstream conversation is all too often shrouded in myths and misinformation. These myths of drug and alcohol addiction are not only untrue,  they are dangerous for those who are in need of treatment and […]
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17Apr, 2018

Medically Assisted Treatment is the standard of care for opioid use disorder

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It was a honor meeting Dr Elinore F. McCance-Katz, first assistant secretary for mental health and substance use with the Department of Health and Human Services at the American Society of Addiction Medicine Conference in San Diego. “Medically assisted treatment ,” said Elinore F. McCance-Katz, first assistant secretary for mental health and substance use with the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. McCance-Katz spoke Friday to thousands of psychiatrists and other health and social work professionals at the annual conference of the American Society of Addiction Medicine in San […]
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8Apr, 2018

SUBOXONE Clinic

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SUBOXONE We provide treatment for opioid dependence and addiction with a medication called Suboxone, which contains Buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is the active part of the medication and is considered a “partial opioid agonist.” This simply means that it produces a milder form of the opioid effect (as compared to other opioids, which are “full agonists” and produce a much stronger effect.) The advantage of using Suboxone (Buprenorphine/naloxone) is that it fills the brain’s opioid receptors without producing the “high” that other opioids produce. Thus, the potential for abuse is […]
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