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RiverMend Health Centers specializes in treating drug and alcohol addiction, dual disorders and pain medication abuse.
RiverMend Health Centers specializes in treating drug and alcohol addiction, dual disorders and pain medication abuse.

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The golden years, as they are often described, are anything but for lifelong drinkers. It is the frontal areas of the brain that contain their unique humanity, creativity, problem solving abilities and sustained self-efficacy. Deficits in the frontal brain associated with alcohol use disorder are associated with anhedonia, poor motivation, memory deficits, and problems with ordering one’s life. Educating adults, particularly seniors, regarding the risks of alcohol abuse is a worthy endeavor that could truly make retirement years golden once again.
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You are successful at work, have good relationships with your family and friends, and as far as appearances go, you’re doing fine. Yet appearances can be deceiving. Despite your apparent success, your alcohol consumption is far higher than it should be. Functional alcoholics don’t fit the stereotype of an alcoholic as someone whose physical health, job and relationships have been wrecked by excessive drinking. Learn more about the signs of functional alcoholism and how to get help.
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In the latest interview from his Ask The Expert Series, RiverMend Health Scientific Advisory Board Chairman, Dr. Mark S. Gold, discusses Performance Enhancing Drugs, Eating Disorders, and Mental Health with Dr. David Baron, Professor at the Western University School of Medicine and RiverMend Health Chief Medical Officer. This is a very insightful interview in which Dr. Baron examines the biggest changes he’s seen in the psychiatric treatment of depression over the years, exercise as an adjunct to addiction treatment, and shares some of his amazing personal experiences training for the 1972 Munich Olympic and working on the inside of a hypercompetitive athletic environment where sophisticated doping methods continue to evolve.
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RiverMend Health Scientific Advisory Board Chairman, Dr. Mark S. Gold, will be presenting: “What Is An Alcohol, Marijuana, Or Drug Dual Disorder? Is It Common And What To Do About It?” at today’s CADCA Mid-Year Training Institute Event in Orlando, Florida.

https://www.cadca.org/what-alcohol-marijuana-or-drug-dual-disorder-it-common-and-what-do-about-it
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Is marijuana really a reasonable alternative to opioids for opioid addicts or for chronic pain? Maybe, but the science is woefully silent on the topic. What little science exists remains inconclusive. The recent JAMA article shows epidemiological trends among Medicare Part D recipients and state Medicaid recipients. The analysis attempts to statistically correlate states with liberal marijuana laws and a decrease in the number of opioid prescriptions written between 2010 and 2015. Correlation is not causation. The conclusions reached by this investigation suggest that merely the decline of filling prescriptions for opioids by elderly infirmed adults is due to liberalized, legal access to cannabis, which is quite a reach in logic. This conclusion assumes these same adults voluntarily switched from their opioids to medical marijuana for pain control. In truth, there are hundreds of variants, including hordes of untrained and anxious physicians who live in fear that prescribing opioids sends a red flag to licensing boards and invites increased scrutiny and potential retribution. Plus, any physician who believes in evidence-based medicine is unlikely to prescribe medical marijuana for pain. At present, the research does not support this practice.
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Binge drinking has been a problem on college campuses since the 1960’s and remains more prevalent among 18-34-year-olds. However, 50% of the total binge drinks consumed in 2015 were by adults age 35 or older. Epidemiological data further elucidates this disturbing trend...
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Nurses play a vital role at Bluff Plantation’s drug and alcohol addiction rehab center. Bluff Plantation employs 14 registered nurses (RN) and licensed practical nurses (LPN) who provide nursing coverage for all hours of the day and night. From day one at our residential addiction treatment center outside Augusta, Georgia, nurses are there to ensure patients are safe, comfortable and supported.
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To compare opioid vs non-opioid medications for chronic non-cancer pain among a randomized sample of US veterans, Krebs and colleagues conducted a 12 month investigation to compare the efficacy, pain-related function, pain intensity, and adverse effects between opioid based versus non-opioid based medications. In the following piece, RiverMend Health Scientific Advisory Board Chairman, Dr. Mark Gold, examines the findings of this investigation.
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You made it through detox and a substance abuse treatment program. Now you’re ready to say goodbye to addiction and jump back into normal life, right? Not so fast. Men and women who have successfully completed addiction treatment benefit from a continuing care program, also called aftercare. Continuing care is the phase of treatment that follows more intensive care, whether that is residential treatment, a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or an intensive outpatient program (IOP). In continuing care, individuals in recovery participate in group and individual counseling, attend self-help meetings, receive ongoing psychiatric care for co-occurring mental illness, and possibly undergo drug and alcohol monitoring. Together, these elements help individuals in early recovery develop healthy routines, strengthen recovery skills, stay accountable and maintain their motivation to stay sober.
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RiverMend Health Scientific Advisory Board Chairman, Dr. Mark S. Gold, gave today's Keynote Presentation at the U.S. Journal Training, Inc. 5th Southeast Conference on Trauma, Addiction, and Intimacy Disorders in Atlanta, Georgia.

https://www.usjt.com/Conferences/2018/5th-Southeast-Conference-TRAUMA-Addiction-and-Intimacy-Disorders/
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