Dear Parents and Colleagues,   Please find below an announcement from my mother, Elaine Frank, a social worker, who runs excellent Parent Child Groups which have helped me and others with the complicated issues that arise in parenting at various developmental ages. If you can't make this information session please do no hesitate to call [...]

Addiction psychiatrists and psychologists are often asked about successful recovery rates for addicts and alcoholics in their clinics and practice and until recently there have been few data to support most therapist's claims. Until now we have have relied on older research suggesting that when all studies and research is considered together that roughly ten [...]

  In a recent Philadelphia Inquirer, on January 18th 2013, William Bender discusses the virtures of Vivitrol in controling craving for addiction especially to alcohol and opiates. A summary of this article and link is provided below. Two years ago, thirty-five year old, Nicole Kapulsky quit injecting heroin. She struggled with addiction and would inject heroin everyday. While in [...]

University of Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Research focuses on biological explanations using MRIs to explain opiate, marijuana, nicotine, cocaine and alcohol addiction.  Early this year Philadelphia Inquirer writer William Bender did a story on research involving MRIs to study drug addiction. http://articles.philly.com/2013-01-18/news/36417589_1_addiction-anna-rose-childress-opiate-addicts. This useful and well written article features Twenty-five year old, Matthew Ellis who struggled with [...]

Heroin was considered a "safe, non-addictive" substitute for morphine. Now psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists and counselors work with patients using Suboxone and Subutex as treatments for heroin and other opioid and opiate addiction. In the mid 1800's opium was used to cure alcoholism.  Many people come to me with the idea that they'll use marijuana to cure their alcohol abuse. Does [...]

There are many professional disciplines which focus on understanding and treating addiction including medicine, psychiatry, psychology, social work and the legal and other counseling realms. It can be complicated for the public to discern accurate information and evaluate treatment options or find therapists for loved ones. This is one part in a brief series of [...]

Addiction as a Disease: A Brief History and Science It is clear that addiction has devastating consequences in our society. The National Institutes on Drug Abuse and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported in 2001 that 104 million people stated that they had used an illegal drug at some point in their [...]

Substance Abuse Psychiatrists Here is a list of several psychiatrists and one physician to whom I refer regularly. Most have a psychodynamic orientation. Please feel free to call me with questions about referring to an Addiction Psychiatrist in Philadelphia. Tom Riordan, MD Main Line (610) 565-1244  Dick Limoges,  DLFAPA MD 215 (627) -5650 St. Regis Court, [...]

Adderall in pro Sports

Adderall, a prescription drug which has the ability to greatly improve focus and reaction time, has become widely used in the professional sports industry, especially in the NFL and baseball circles. Although its use is specifically prohibited in the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, [...]

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