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Addiction in doctors, AWAREmed, Dalal Akoury MD

Is Your Doctor an Addict?

Addiction comes in all varieties, drugs, alcohol, food, sex, work, and gambling, but one thing which gives us the wrong impression is that addicts are a “one size fits all” kind of person. What picture comes to mind when you think about an addict? A homeless street person, down and out and dirty looking feverishly for the next fix? Nothing could be further from the truth, and an addict may even be your trusted family doctor who is abusing prescription drugs. The truth is that addicts, just like addictions, come from all walks of life. Addiction knows no socio-economic background, and is oftentimes thought of as a victimless crime where the addict is the only victim. We don’t like to think of the ripple affect that addiction has on others surrounding the addict, whether it be family, friends, or, in some instances, a whole community. When the community is being treated at the local doctor’s office, we expect a certain amount of knowledge and trust to be available to all patients from the staff of …

Addicted to an Addict, Addiction Recovery Treatment, Dalal Akoury MD

Addicted to Addicts: Surviving Life with an Addict, Dalal Akoury, MD

As important as Natural Addiction Recovery Treatment by Dalal Akoury, MD is for a recovering addict, it’s imperative to address the needs of those who are often barely surviving life with an addict. The addiction may be to drugs or alcohol, or gambling, sex, the internet, overeating, or overspending, it doesn’t matter, all addictions cause a ripple affect of harm throughout those they love and who love them. Recognizing an addiction in a loved one is not always easy, addicts tend to be quite good at hiding their addictions and manipulating loved ones and friends in such a way that it’s often hard to see. The first step in surviving life with an addict is to accept reality of the situation, accepting that parts of one’s own life may be out of control due to the behavior of the addict. Although it’s easier to stay in denial and keep it private, it won’t get better just because you wish it would, it takes work on the part of everyone surrounding the addict. Those close to …

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ADDICTION: A ‘Meeting’ of Minds Online Discussion with Dalal Akoury, MD

Participating in one of the many online and anonymous forums, message boards and blogs that discuss addiction and the ancillary medical conditions that accompany it are highly valuable tools for the addict and family members. An added bonus to the daily give-and-take of empathy, compassion and feeling that one is not alone, are the, resources, research and informational articles that members share in their postings. As we know, addiction is not a typically ‘friendly’ condition; that is it is not a popular topic. Therefore ‘friending’ someone via the internet based solely on addiction may not be the best first step. But being able to open up namelessly via other communication options on the web offers huge opportunities for help and healing. Since addiction is a societal problem, it is best when those of us affected by it know of at least one place we can visit during our own private time and share our experiences. If we’re not ready to share, we read and learn – also known as lurking – but a perfectly acceptable way to …

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Shattered Lives Radio: Crime and Addiction with Dalal Akoury, MD

Listen to Shattered Lives Radio Statistics show that most modern-day crime is either a direct result of addiction, or indirectly a result of mental health and addiction related circumstances. Once incarcerated most inmates are not properly assessed for treatment options. In 2005, federal, state and local governments spent $74 billion on incarceration, court proceedings, probation and parole for substance-involved adult and juvenile offenders, and less than 1% of that amount—$632 million—on prevention and treatment, according to CASAColumbia’s research. The report found that only 11% of all inmates with addiction received any treatment during their incarceration. The report found that if all inmates who needed treatment and aftercare received such services, the nation would break even in a year if just over 10% remained substance-free, crime-free and employed. Thereafter, for each former inmate who remained substance-free, crime-free and employed, the nation would reap an economic benefit of $90,953 per year. Shattered Lives Radio will discuss the many forms of addiction with guest, Dalal Akoury, MD of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, and an addiction recovery treatment specialist. …

Free from addiction, AWAREmed, Dr. Dalal Akoury

Free at Last! Successful Addiction Recovery Treatment with Dr. Dalal Akoury

  Addiction and substance abuse creates a completely incompatible, and often dangerous, lifestyle. In order to be completely free from addictions several things need to take place, the most important, engaging to develop positive changes in lifestyle. Generally it’s quite difficult to make the changes necessary in one’s life to complete a turnaround, whether from over eating, lack of exercise, or spiritual grounding. All of these things take a committed decision. Addiction recovery is no different. Based on the nature of the addictive dependency, and the level of the patient’s decision to recover, outpatient detox and recovery treatments are seeing a new level of success, especially in heroin detox. There will always be times when it’s best to be admitted to a hospital or rehab center, especially when serious drug or alcohol addiction have expectations of a period of physical and mental discomfort, and often, pain. However, addicts are often reluctant to live with the stigma of accepting in-patient treatment and there must be alternative options available. Other challenges factor into the equation when deciding to go to …