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.
In this piece on the New York Times Opinion Pages, Dr. Sack writes
Addiction has three main characteristics that cause it to be considered a disease. First, it has a lifelong course characterized by frequent relapses, cross addiction and a common set of behavioral changes. Second, like other chronic medical disorders, genetics plays an important role is determining who is at risk to become addicted. Finally, there are effective medications that treat drug addiction by blocking the rewarding effects of drugs and decreasing drug cravings.
Read the entire article here.
In an article on thefix.com, Dr. Sack talks about protracted withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). PAWS is the name of the condition that leaves recovering addicts and alcoholics feeling the worse for wear. PAWS is a series of post-acute symptoms of recovery from dependence on drugs including benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and opiates. Dr. Sack is quoted saying, “the brain has tremendous capacity to heal, but it doesn’t heal quickly. In general, PAWS symptoms peak around four to eight weeks after quitting.” Read the entire article here.
In this HER Radio segment with Dr. Pamela Peeke, Dr. Sack explains that everyday activities that you may find to be therapeutic (like shopping, tanning, or exercising) have the potential to become just as addictive and destructive as drugs and alcohol. Dr. Sack then talks about how your gender, genes, family upbringing, and mental health issues all increase your risk of developing a dependency. He also shares how you can seek proper treatment. Listen to the entire show below: