In ?Caffeine Concerns: How Much is Too Much?? Dr. Sack discusses how consuming too much caffeine can lead to caffeine dependence. Dr. Sack explains that ?there is no set amount of caffeine that will definitively cause dependence.? He also attributes chronic sleep deprivation to caffeine?s popularity. ÿAdditionally, Dr. Sack notes, ?We are a sleep-deprived nation trying to caffeinate our problem away rather than change our lifestyles.? ÿRead the full article here.
In an article titled, ?Sugar Is a ?Drug? and Here?s How We?re Hooked? on Healthline.com Dr. Sackÿ discusses how sugar works like many addictive drugs and that the ?prevalence and promotion of sugary foods and beverages, coupled with how it affects our brains, make addiction an issue.?ÿ Dr. Sack also talks about how not enough parents are educating their children about healthy nutrition, and that the parents may be reinforcing bad eating habits.ÿÿ Dr. Sack also states that ?the biggest problem we?ve seen is that parents who are overweight or obese themselves feed these food to their kids and don?t see it as abnormal.?ÿ Read the full article here.
In the interview, Dr. Sack talks about how many athletes can be vulnerable to drug and alcohol addiction due to a number of reasons such as how it?s hard to adjust to normal life when involved in such intense games and matches and how many athletes struggle when they are not around their families for long periods of time and have no support.
He also talks about how injuries are a huge factor because athletes can become addicted to pain medications which can ultimately spin out of control.ÿ Dr. Sack mentions how sports organizations have a responsibility to educate the younger athletes about the risks and offer early intervention and treatment for those who are struggling.ÿ Listen to the interview here.
In an article on SheKnows.com that discusses the notion that people who have a positive outlook on life attract more attention and have a better relationship/sex life Dr. Sack explains that, ?humans have evolved to be attracted to partners who are likely to improve our odds of survival.? Additionally, he discusses that research has focused on our preference for traits that signal physical health, but it also means finding a partner that is emotionally and mentally healthy. Dr. Sack also adds that ?too much stress can lead to premature aging, heart disease and a number of health problems that could interfere with our biological directive to propagate the species.? Read the full article here.
Dr. Sack is currently featured in the September Issue of SHAPE in an article titled, ??Harmless? Addictions?? The piece discusses how activities such as shopping, tanning, and exercise have the potential to become just as addictive and destructive as drugs and alcohol. Dr. Sack is quoted in the opening paragraph discussing how ?for the brain, pleasure is pleasure? and how it can come from a substance or any enjoyable activity. Dr. Sack also talks about how genes, family upbringing, and underlying mental health issues all increase a person?s risk of getting hooked- as well as gender, stating ?while men are more susceptible to substance abuse, women are more apt to become addicted to a behavior.? (more?)
As guest host of ?Piers Morgan Live,? actor and recovering addict Matthew Perry talked about his personal struggles with alcohol and drugs with Promises? CEO Dr. David Sack. Perry and Dr. Sack discussed the tragic death of Cory Monteith and the rise of heroin overdoses and prescription drug abuse. Watch the clip for all of Perry?s conversation with Dr. Sack and learn more about drug courts and the valuable alternative they provide to the penal system.
Bill O?Reilly poses the question: do we have a more lax attitude toward drugs and does the media glamorize drug use? Watch Dr. Sack respond:
In an article titled, ?Cory Monteith: How heroin and alcohol form deadly combo? Dr. David Sack discusses Cory Monteith?s heroin addiction and untimely death. In the article, Dr. Sack talks about the treatment for heroin addiction, the likelihood of relapse, and signs your loved one is abusing opioid drugs like heroin. Dr. Sack explains that, ?Following treatment, people may also try to dive back into their old routines before they?re ready. For entertainers like Monteith, work schedules can fluctuate between periods that are very active and intense ? sometimes with added sleep deprivation ? to stretches of idleness and open time, which could be tough on recovering addicts.? ÿRead the entire article here.
Dr. David Sack discusses the increased use of marijuana and its legalization across the country in ?Stoned Age: The Real Risks of Getting High? on TeenVogue.com. In the article, David Sack, M.D., CEO of Promises Treatment Centers, explains that there is a link between teens who smoke pot and an increased likelihood of developing schizophrenia. In addition, Dr. Sack says that marijuana can cause panic attacks and racing heartbeats, leading some people to believe they?re having a heart attack. Read the full article here.
In a report on CBSNews.com about the latest CDC findings that painkiller overdose deaths by women are up 400% over the last decade Dr. Sack explains ?that there was a push to treat pain symptoms 40 years ago, which increased the frequency of painkiller prescription. He said people feel comfortable using prescription drugs because they come from pharmacies and doctors, but do not realize they can have devastating effects if used together or if someone takes too many.?ÿ Read more at CBSNews.com.