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Feelings

After Dad’s Passing

My dad passed away two days ago, one day after his 89th birthday.  It doesn’t feel quite right to post something so personal.  But it feels more wrong to write about anything else.

Writing was a source of tension between us in some ways.  My perspectives on myself, my parents, and my upbringing have changed over the years, and I tried to share my observations with my dad in several short essays centered around memories from my...
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Addiction

Aftercare Made the Difference

I relapsed in 2000 after seven years of sobriety, and my attachment to opioids progressed much more rapidly than during my initial addiction.  I wrote a post a number of months ago that described ‘living on two levels,’ and that was my experience at the time—as if one part of my personality was frantically taking ever-increasing doses of dangerous narcotics while the other part, horrified, looked on.

Eventually my behavior caught the...
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Addiction

What’s My Excuse?

I’ve shared my opinion that traditional treatment methods for opioid dependence— residential, usually step-based treatments—are a waste of limited resources.  I’ve written that relatively few opioid addicts successfully complete such treatments.  And many of those who ‘clean up well’ after two or three months die from relapse and overdose, months or years down the line.

Those who disagree with me sometimes pointedly ask “if getting clean without Suboxone is impossible, how did...
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Addiction

The Limits of Will Power: Part One

This is part one of a three-part discussion about will power; look for the rest of the story next week, after the Packers beat the Bears in the NFC Conference Championship.

A person posted the following comments after one of my articles about Suboxone:

While Dr. Junig knows what he's talking about, not everything he says is always true. Not everyone needs permanent blocker therapy. Everyone’s will power varies. The simple...
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Addiction

Treating opioid dependence the ‘old fashioned way’

When I mentioned in a prior post that outpatient treatment of opioid dependence is generally unsuccessful, I was referring to the results of the ‘old paradigm’ of treatment. Since 2003 new approaches, using new medications, have revitalized outpatient treatment efforts and spurred physicians-- in the past, only bystanders of the treatment process-- to become active members and even leaders of treatment efforts.

Before 2003, patients who eventually recognized defeat in their struggle with opioid...
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Got Desperation?

Doctors sometimes joke about how our medical specialties affect how we view the world.  When I was an anesthesiologist, I became more and more aware of ‘the airway,’ a collection of anatomical findings that predict whether a person is easy to intubate—the term for...
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