Vaping, Nicotine and How to Treat This Legal Addiction

By Harold C. Urschel III, Enterhealth Chief Medical Strategist While cigarette smoking has been on a downward trend for more than a decade, the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (also known as electronic cigarettes, e-cigs, vapes, juuling, mods), known as “vaping,” is a trend that continues to rise with no signs of slowing down …

Neuropsychological Testing for Opioid Addiction

By Joshua M. Masino, PsyD, Neuropsychologist and Enterhealth Director of Neuropsychological Services Why use neuropsychological testing for drug abuse treatment? Substance abuse – opioid abuse in particular – causes considerable damage not only to the body, but also to the brain and its ability to function normally. This damage can be especially persistent if the …

Addiction and Children – The Numbers

By Elizabeth Weidmer-Mikhail, MD, Psychiatrist, Enterhealth Ranch Medical Director With approximately 18 million individuals in the U.S. addicted to alcohol, The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence estimates there are about 26.8 million children exposed to alcoholism in their family every year. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) further estimates that …

Legal Status of Marijuana in the United States

by Harold C. Urschel III, MD, MMA, Enterhealth Chief Medical Strategist Under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, the use and/or possession of marijuana for any purpose is a federal crime. Under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), marijuana is classified as a Schedule I substance, meaning that it is determined to have a high potential …