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May 2014

Pain, Addiction and the significant increase in the use of pharmaceutical opioids -20th May 2014

The significant increase in the use of pharmaceutical opioids for the treatment of non-cancer pain and associated related increases in dependency and deaths has led to a lot of concern, particularly in the US.

The figures are alarming. Sales of opioid analgesics in the US increased fourfold between 1999 and 2010. In 2008 more than 14,000 deaths were related to the misuse of prescription medications, the vast majority prescription opioids. 

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Book Review - A day without Pain, Mel Pohl, MD -20th May 2014

Mel Pohl, MD, is vice president of medical affairs and Medical Director of Las Vegas Recovery Centre (LVRC).  He was a major force in developing the LVRC Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program.  He is a fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (FASM) and is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine – among many other things. 

He was also been listed on the “Best Doctors in America” list for 2011-2012 for the second year in a row.

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Towards Healthy Shame -19th May 2014

What is shame?

Shame is the trademark of dysfunctional families.

It comes with addictive families, families with problems and secrets, families whose ancestors had addictions, problems or secrets.

The words are a spell that others cast on us and that we learn to cast on ourselves. The spell says: what you did isn’t okay, who you are isn’t okay and nothing you do will change that. Shame on you.

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