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Anesthesia, Interventional Pain Management, Addiction Medicine
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Andrew Gurman, president of the American Medical Association, stated “Most of us went into medicine to alleviate suffering, One of the expectations our patients have is that pain can be completely eliminated. We as a medical community are coming to an understanding that this is not realistic.” All over the country doctors and physicians all around us are re-thinking about how they treat pain. Many healthcare professionals who've prescribed opioids are now questioning whether opiates should be used at all considering the long term negative effects it can cause for patients. One very important distinction to note is that opioids ARE MEANT TO PREVENT SUFFERING and by itself it is not an effective long term treatment for pain management. At MD Health Clinics, we practice only proven science. We believe in utilizing the standard of care in the best interest of the patient using an integrated Multidisciplinary approach (IE. Biological, Psychological, Spiritual).

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If you are not careful, your life can be used as an economical tool for the profits of rehab centers. Why do people go to rehab? TO SEEK HELP AND TREATMENT!! What is the point of rehabilitation if you are not helped in the long term? Today the data on the success rate for many rehab centers is very limited and since there are no industry-accepted standards for terms like sobriety, relapse, or success there is little hard data on recovery. One thing is for certain... there are many unethical practices occuring today that are affecting your tax payer dollars and YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW IT!!! Robert Harris, a policy adviser for the California Society of Addictive Medicine, a physicians group that is seeking to increase the quality and availability of addiction treatment, said idyllic claims about rehab are part of the business model for many centers, luring people from around the country to California treatment programs. There are 18,774 patient beds in licensed rehab centers in California and many of those recovery centers fail to deliver. So how do you find the right treatment center for you amongst a sea of wolves in sheeps clothing? You find an addiction treatment center that provides an integrated Multidisciplinary approach (IE. Biological, Psychological, Spiritual) to treat you as a whole person.

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On March 1st, 2017 the Governor of Maryland said he would sign an executive order to declare the state's opioid crisis a "state of emergency". This rapidly escalating threat is one that will and can affect anyone and is becoming one of the leading causes of accidental death so we all must now pay attention. It goes without saying that these "opioid" pills can be extremely dangerous when misused. Patients should follow prescription directions which are “orders” prescribed by a trained pain specialist. This state of emergency has been declared to help those who are suffering from their current addictions, but what about those who are beginning to suffer from pain or those who will encounter physical pain in the future? The answer is to have your primary care physicians refer you to the nearest Integrated MultiDisciplinary Pain Management facility so that you are properly diagnosed and treated as whole person, and not just another opioid abuser.

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Serious legislations concerning the opioid crisis are emerging in Florida as it becomes the next state to declare a "state of emergency". Our country is now aware that there is a opioid addiction problem, no question. When the distribution system involves our own healthcare system there are many parties involved with various interests, but the only interest that should matter is the patients. You don't get hooked on something without first trying it. Most pain patients addicted to opioids today were first introduced to it by a doctor and it wasn't due to maliciousness or shady practices. Data surgeons frequently supply a large excess of pills, with 72% of narcotics prescribed for 5 outpatient procedures going unused while primary care physicians dole out the overall majority of opiates on the market. What this tells us is that science based evidence isn’t being followed. State medical boards are not protecting their citizens by ensuring physicians practice within the standard of care. When it comes to treating pain as a whole and the entire process should involve treating the patient as a whole person which includes a biological, psychological, and spiritual approach. Right now the process is very jumbled, confusing, and scary for many patients and physicians and it's because the standard of care is not being followed. For anyone who currently suffers from pain or will experience pain in the future we highly encourage you to visit an Integrated MultiDisciplinary Pain Management center or have your primary care physician refer you because it is the only way to treat and potentially cure your pain and ultimately your suffering.

New research shows that patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) in the general healthcare system are 10 times more likely to die than their counterparts without OUD. WHY? There are many reasons for this, but when you are labeled as having OUD then by that time the addiction is already live and well. It is much harder to change a pattern when it has been neglected or misdiagnosed. The current treatment of OUD is done through addiction centers like methadone treatment programs, but by that time is it already too late? A Multidisciplinary approach (Biological, Psychology, Spiritual) is the only true way to identify and treat your addiction so you can recover as a whole person.

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If someone got clean without fully understanding sobriety, how long would they have before they were out abusing again? If you force a heroin addict to get clean and they do but without fully understanding and resolving the issues of why they did it in the first place how can we expect them to stay clean? Pain patients sometimes suffer through the same dilemma. Sean Mackey, who heads the Pain Management Center at Stanford University, states "Chronic pain requires multipronged treatment. There will be no magic bullet, no pill." Multidisciplinary, multimodal, multipronged, however many multi's you want to add out just know that the only true standard of care for addiction and pain management is something that incorporates the rehabilitation of all aspects of YOU (Biological, Psychological, and Spiritual), and not just the physical. In order to have the strength to overcome addiction you need to be mentally and spiritually intact and this requires more work then just a prescription of pills.

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What is multi-disciplinary? It's a term used all throughout the medical field and it means a team of individuals of various disciplines that are contributing to the recovery process for you as a whole person. Here's Dr. Kutzner to explain more!

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MD Health Clinics has now moved!! Our NEW Tustin office address is located in the Tustin Medical Building at 14591 Newport Blvd. Suites 100 & 101, Tustin, CA 92780. Our offices will be closed for a week during our move during the first week of May 2017. Please accept our apology for this transition.

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You will like our new clinic in the Tustin Medical Building. It is close to our old place and sits right across the street from Foothill Regional Medical Center!

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What makes MD Health Clinics different from all the other pain and addiction clinics? None of them provide an integrated multidisciplinary plan that consists of a Biological, Psychological, and Social approach to chronic pain and addiction.

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There is new evidence emerging that surgeons unwittingly unenabled addiction, abuse, and overdosage. In 2015 there were more deaths from opioid overdose than not only from motor vehicle accidents, but also than from HIV/AIDS at the peak of the epidemic in 1995. Data suggests surgeons frequently supply a large excess of pills, with 72% of narcotics prescribed for 5 outpatient procedures going unused. In a recent study, 117 of 127 patients they tracked had excess pills; three-quarters retained the pills instead of disposing them. For surgeons there is a responsibility to treat patients’ pain effectively and appropriately but there is also a clear responsibility to help stem the tide of drug overdose deaths and to prevent this there must be a integrated multidisciplinary approach to pain management. (Biological, Psychological, and Spiritual approach). Surgeons should know how much to prescribe based on the amout of time it takes to heal from an operation, if it goes over then that time limit than its a failed surgery and Surgeons should send to patients to a multi-disciplinary clinic to evaluate how to treat and possibly cure the pain.
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