In “Choose the right addiction therapy program to ensure recovery” in the Health & Wellness and Addictions section on ExpertBeacon.com Dr. Sack discusses how to choose an addiction treatment center that’s right for you. Dr. Sack suggests finding a treatment program that’s tailored for your needs and says, “doing your research and spending some time honestly assessing your issues and needs will boost your chances for a successful addiction therapy experience.” Read the rest of Dr. Sack’s advice on choosing an addiction treatment program online.
In “The Power of Positive Thinking: How to Train Your Brain to Be Happier About Saving” on LearnVest.com, Dr. Sack discusses whether you can rewire your brain to feel rewards from saving money rather than spending. Dr. Sack explains that studies suggest about 30% of someone’s impulsivity may be attributed to genetics and that impulsivity goes hand-in-hand with addiction issues. Read the entire article here.
In “We need to start child-proofing pot,” featured in the LA Times Op-Ed section, Dr. Sack discusses the dangers that the legalization of marijuana will have on children and that risks that children will grow up to believe that “pot is no big deal,” when in reality, it’s the complete opposite. Read the article online here or the PDF here.
The “To Keep Your Job, Quit Trying to Be Perfect” in The Wall Street Journal, Dr. Sack discusses the risks of being a perfectionist at work and that by setting high standards may actually not be best way to succeed. The editor also notes that those who aim for perfection can risk an ‘imperfect’ career. Dr. Sack explains that “Perfectionists can become better bosses if they stop assuming that “mine is the only solution or the best solution. Nobody wants to be commanded to do things your way.” Download and read a PDF.
In Being a Cynic May Triple Your Risk for Dementia on Live in the Now, Dr. Sack explains that “the mind and body are intricately connected, with what we think and feel having a profound effect on our physical health. Negative emotions can fuel anxiety and depression, which can in turn cause or contribute to health problems such as heart disease.” How can you overcome cynicism? Dr. Sack’s suggestions include being vulnerable, avoid jumping to conclusions, and getting professional help if necessary. Read the entire article here.
In the article “Rehab Specialists Struggle to Navigate Health Reform, New State Certification Process” on California Health Report, Dr. Sack talks about ways the Affordable Care Act is affecting treatment centers in California. Dr. Sack explains how the demand for addiction services is expected to increase and why treatment providers will “have to become more efficient and look at what the best settings and strategies are.” Read the full article here.
Dr. Sack is featured in an article on Rehabs.com about a study about prescribing medicine to treat alcoholism. In “The Realities of Prescribing and Taking Meds for Alcohol Problems” Dr. Sack offers insight on acamprosate and naltrexone explaining that acamprosate is not effective for most clients and instead prefers to use naltrexone. Additionally, Dr. Sack also notes that some Promises physicians use topiramate, which is typically prescribed for AUDs and other psychological problems. Read the entire article here.
In this article on WebMD, Dr. Sack discusses the types of addiction treatment programs, how these programs work, challenges faced by patients during and afterward, why these types of programs are the best option for some patients, and more. Dr. Sack says, “Rehab shouldn’t be one-size-fits-all. Treatment should be tailored to the person and take into account his or her physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. The recovering addict needs help learning how to manage day-to-day life and its stresses, and to avoid triggers that may lead to relapse.” Read the entire article online.
Codeine and promethazine are the primary ingredients of Sizzurp. The effects of Sizzurp are sedation, euphoria, and dizziness and can be very dangerous when mixed with other medicines. Listen to Dr. Sack talk more about the dangers of Sizzurp and why the risk of death is very real in this interview with BBC UK Radio 5 Live.
In this article about teen heroin use on SheKnows.com, Dr. Sack explains to parents that the ease and ability to get heroin is much higher than it has ever been before making it one of today’s “mainstream” drugs. Dr. Sack says this growing epidemic is something parents need to be aware of and education themselves about. When asked to talk about the ways teens end up using heroin, Dr. Sack says,”many people are getting their first exposure to opiates through prescription narcotic medications. They develop a sense of safety around these medications even though they are highly lethal and account for most of the increase in overdose deaths. Adding that of the steady increase in heroin addicts he has seen, in most cases the heroin addiction follows prescription drug addiction or abuse.”
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