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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is just one of the meditation based approaches being used to address the Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) today. Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR) and Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) are other approaches incorporating mindfulness based approaches in helping individuals cope with cravings, stress and the co-morbid presentation of other mental health [...]

  When someone’s gambling gets out of control, it can be extremely destructive and devastating both to the person who is gambling and the people they associate with. Because a gambling addiction develops over time, a gradual shift to compulsivity and erratic behaviors may escape notice from not only the person who is gambling but their friends and family [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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