On Wednesday, September 7, 2022, Kathleen Brady, MD, PhD, a Distinguished University Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, will present a Psychiatry Grand Rounds titled "The Relationship Between Stress...
Addiction is often more than strictly behavioral or psychological. It can be genetic, social, and in the case of Opioid Use Disorder, the regular use of the drugs can change the very physiology of the brain. Addiction Medicine specialist, Dr. Elizabeth Howell explains what addiction really is and how we can better understand, treat, and prevent the condition through this understanding.
Substance use disorders can affect many aspects of a person's life. Liz Wetmore, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at at Huntsman Mental Health Institute's Addiction Recovery Services discusses the role...
Like most things, alcohol is best consumed in moderation. But there is a fine line between a couple of drinks to blow off steam and a potential alcohol abuse problem. How can you tell if your alcohol consumption is a problem? Dr. Troy Madsen shares the research-backed method that physicians use to quickly and accurately assess if a patient is experiencing an alcohol misuse disorder. Learn about the CAGE questionnaire and how four questions and 30 seconds may help provide insight into your drinking habits.
Have you felt like you need to cut down on your drinking, get annoyed when people bring it up, feel guilty about how much you drink, or need a drink first thing in the morning to get on with your day? If so, those are signs of an alcohol use disorder. Getting help now if you drink too much is one of the best investments you can make in your physical and mental health. Troy talks about finding the line between low-risk drinking and when you should seek help.
Choosing to enter recovery for alcohol addiction is a difficult decision that requires a lot of support. Psychiatrist Dr. Jason Hunziker discusses how to support a friend or family member without accidentally causing offense.
Approximately 4.5 million women in the U.S. have some sort of drug abuse problem. And studies estimate that women are more likely to experience chronic pain and anxiety than men, and become addicted more quickly than men if they are prescribed opioids. Women's health specialist Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones examines this pressing societal problem for American women today and discusses what physicians and caregivers should do.
Around 2 million people in the United States are addicted to prescription painkillers, with 52,000 accidental opioid overdose deaths in 2015. According to Mark Ilgen, associate professor of psychiatry at University of Michigan, the problem isn’t the medication itself, but how doctors treat pain. Different approaches to chronic pain management may be the answer to helping reduce opioid addiction.