Addiction Medicine Updates

Addiction Medicine updates

National Council on Alcoholism

From 1944 until it closed in 2019, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) was a well-respected educational, support, and advocacy organization based in New York City that regularly influenced public opinion and legislation to be more favorable toward individuals with serious substance use disorders. Geoff served on (and chaired for 4 years) the Medical-Scientific Committee of NCADD. From 2012 to 2019 he was the principal writer and editor of NCADD Addiction Medicine Updates, a blog on the organization’s website.

More than 40 blogs were posted.  The information was well-received by NCADD’s 90-some national affiliates, and some Updates recycled as articles in local newspapers.  The Update titled “Sedative-Hypnotic Medications: Nothing to be Relaxed About” had over 25,000 views and is included in The Two Pillars of Recovery® Workbook

The Updates are brief, readable, and authoritative, plus convenient to print, which make them ideal educational handouts in healthcare settings.  All the NCADD posts are archived and available on geoffkane.com.  Here, as Meetinghouse Solutions Addiction Medicine Updates, are several popular articles for you to view and download.

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Meetinghouse Solutions Addiction Medicine Updates

Have You Ever Stepped on a Nail?

Ask people if they’ve ever stepped on a nail and most will say yes. It can happen to anyone, although the odds go up when lots of boards with nails in them are lying around and people are not paying attention. No one wants or expects to step on a nail. It’s a no-fault...

ADHD—Focus on Adults

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition characterized by inattention, disorganization, and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that consistently disrupt a person’s activities and relationships. According to DSM-5 (p 32), “Inattention and...

Unnecessary Debate: Is Addiction a Disease?

Imagine two stalwart fans of professional wrestling locked in debate. One holds that the wrestlers are athletes. The other argues that they are not athletes but entertainers, performing in a variety of theater. Both fans are thoughtful and persuasive. Notice that...

Curbing Addiction Is Everybody’s Business

Addiction statistics are scary.  For example, excessive alcohol causes an estimated 88,000 deaths per year in the United States.  Deaths from cigarette smoke exceed 480,000 per year.  In 2013, about 100 Americans per day died from drug overdoses.  The annual cost to...

The Way of Recovery is Not Alone – Part 2: Spirituality

“Spirituality”—like “love”—has many interpretations.  Some identify spirituality as their personal sense of connection, meaning, and purpose.  Others identify it is an elusive abstraction they have never experienced. Those who equate spirituality with religion and are...

The Way of Recovery is Not Alone – Part 1: Science

Addiction damages what matters most. Body, family, career, and citizenship are frequent casualties of the compulsive use of alcohol and other drugs. How human behavior becomes so self-defeating and how affected individuals change for the better has been described from...