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March 01, 2024

Struggling with Screen Time: A Look at Internet Use Disorders

  • By John A. Fromson, M.D.
  • Addiction, Patients and Families

Internet use disorders are a growing concern in today’s technology-driven society, marked by excessive and compulsive use of the internet, leading to negative consequences in various aspects of an individual's life. Online activities of concern include overuse of social media sites, gaming, gambling, problematic use of online pornography, and other digital platforms. This is a global phenomenon affecting individuals of all ages

December 01, 2023

Hazards of Holiday Drinking and Tips for Maintaining Sobriety for Individuals with Alcoholism

  • By John A. Fromson, M.D.
  • Addiction, Patients and Families

Holiday-related alcohol consumption is a widespread cultural phenomenon with peaks during celebratory seasons. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), there is a noticeable increase in alcohol consumption during holidays, such as Christmas and New Year's. The allure of festive drinks and social gatherings often leads to more frequent and heavier drinking.

September 05, 2023

How to Help Those with Opioid Use Disorder in Jails & Prisons

  • By Anthony Tamburello, M.D., DFAPA, CCHP
  • Addiction, Patients and Families

By now we all know that opioids like heroin, prescription painkillers, and fentanyl are deadly. What doesn’t get as much attention is the wider damage done by problem use of these substances, including losses of relationships and jobs, declining health, and financial strain. These concerns affect not only the individual but also every person close to them.

September 05, 2023

Clinicians Resources Roundup: Opioid Use Disorder

  • Addiction, What APA is Doing For You

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is launching a public education effort this fall on addictions and opioid use disorder (OUD). More information and resources for the public are available here in English, and in Spanish. The APA also has free and/or low-cost education for clinicians and APA members on OUD, available in various formats.

August 28, 2023

The Opioid Crisis: Impact, Challenges, and Paths to Recovery

  • By John A. Fromson, M.D.
  • Addiction, Patients and Families, Treatment

Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone, illegal drugs like heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. These substances bind to opioid receptors in the brain, producing pain relief and euphoria. Prolonged use can lead to tolerance, dependence, and addiction, characteristic of opioid use disorder (OUD). Fentanyl, due to its potency, has played a particularly lethal role in the opioid crisis.

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