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Only Half of Physicians Use Programs to Combat ‘Doctor Shopping’

Posted on July 30th, 2015

A Only Half of Physicians Use Programs to Combat ‘Doctor Shopping’new study has suggested that only half of all doctors use prescription drug monitoring programs, which are designed to prevent “doctor shopping” by people seeking multiple prescriptions for controlled substances. The finding drives home the point that large-scale adoption of any program such as this takes time, but the finding also presents cause for concern about the ease of obtaining multiple prescriptions for opioid painkillers. The researchers, however, have identified some of the factors preventing doctors from making use of the programs, and the results could be used to guide improvements and get more physicians using the systems.

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Getting Past a Negative Attitude in Sobriety

Posted on June 20th, 2015

Getting Past a Negative Attitude in SobrietyWhen you are no longer able to turn to alcohol or drugs to alter your mood, at times you may feel like you are being swallowed up by bad feelings. In sobriety, negative feelings can quickly grow in intensity and feel like they are consuming you. A negative attitude can show up as road rage or self-pity or a sense of utter hopelessness. Whatever bad feelings you are having, it’s important to learn to get past negativity and become more comfortable.

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Is Your Support System Failing You?

Posted on June 11th, 2015

Social support is a crucial element of both treatment and recovery for addicts. Almost all treatment approaches to addiction recovery include some type of social interaction to support sobriety: anonymous support group meetings, peer group therapy and family therapy, to name just a few. Because we humans are social animals, we need to rely on each other in tough times in order to succeed, and that includes recovery. If you have a support network of friends, family, peers and mentors, are they really supporting you or are they falling down on the job?

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