The Impact of COVID-19 on the Substance Use Disorder Population

As we grapple with the effects of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) nationally and internationally, we should be aware of the possibility that it could have a greater impact on individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs). In particular, COVID-19 could be especially dangerous to those who smoke or vape tobacco or marijuana because of its attack …

‘Tis the Season to Be Healthy: Helpful Tips to Survive the Holidays

By Elizabeth Weidmer-Mikhail, MD, Enterhealth Ranch Medical Director The holiday season is a special time of year full of celebrations with family members and loved ones. Whether it’s traveling to see extended family, having kids home from college, or reconnecting with out-of-town friends, the holidays are often an exciting way to end the year. While …

Is there a connection between bariatric surgery and substance abuse?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based form of psychotherapy developed in the late 1980s by Marsha M. Linehan to treat patients who didn’t respond well to traditional behavioral therapy (specifically those with borderline personality disorder). Since its development, DBT has also proven to be an effective technique for treating other types of difficult patients, …

Ten Questions to Ask Other Treatment Programs

Choosing a treatment program is a big decision – and often not an easy one to make. With a growing number of inpatient, outpatient and telehealth treatment options available, it can be difficult to narrow the field when you or someone you know is in need. Here are some questions you can ask to help …