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Addiction Denial: Could This Be You?

By Clint Fletcher As the worst of the pandemic subsides and we continue our slow return to normalcy, this could be a good time to self-reflect and ask ourselves some important questions. One of those could be whether or not you’ve been living in denial of any health issues that… Read More

Addiction & Suicide Rates Spike During COVID

By Wesley Gallagher As we come up on a whole year of COVID-19 drastically altering our daily lives, we’ve all probably gotten used to many of the changes. However, we can also probably all look back and say that our mental health has been negatively affected by the pandemic. Especially… Read More

Seniors and Addiction

Baby boomers are growing older. They are now entering the aging population and for the first time, a population associated with high rates of drug and alcohol use during the 1960s and '70s is entering the Medicare rolls, bringing high rates of drug and alcohol use along with them. The need for addiction treatment in older adults has never been more present. Read More

Cannabis Use on Cognitive Functioning

During the past few decades, there have been a lot of changes in the way people perceive cannabis in the United States. Decriminalization, medical dispensaries, and even legalization of marijuana in several states have resulted in a more relaxed view toward cannabis use. However, it’s very important to note that cannabis use has been shown to impair cognitive functions on a number of levels, leaving users with both acute and long-term effects. Read More

Signs That You Need Help for Sex Addiction

By Dr. Georgia Fourlas, LCSW, LISAC, CSAT Clinical Director of Rio Retreat Center Workshops at The Meadows “Are my sexual behaviors really a problem?” Some people addicted to sex know the answer to that question, even if they refuse to admit it. Other people aren’t so sure. Sometimes, sexual behaviors… Read More

The Link Between Empathy and Addiction

By Kevin McCauley, MD, Senior Fellow at The Meadows I make this shocking statement in my lectures sometimes: “Heroin addicts are sweet people.” I partly say this because I’m an addict and tend to make hyperbolic statements for their emotional impact—which isn’t my best quality. I also do it to… Read More

Dr. Shelley Uram Featured on The Dr. Drew Podcast

Dr. Shelley Uram, a triple board-certified psychiatrist and Senior Fellow at The Meadows, was recently a guest on The Dr. Drew podcast. The podcast is hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky, a board-certified internist and addiction medicine specialist who is well known for his work both as a physician and as a TV and radio personality. On The Dr. Drew podcast, he takes listener calls and talks to experts on a variety of topics relating to health, relationships, sex, and addiction. Read More