Chicago Tribune : Expert offers ways to tell if you’re drinking too much

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Chicago’s leading newspaper, sought out CNT’s Medical Director’s expertise to identify the difference between “moderate” and “heavy” alcohol consumption and suggest ways to cutback.

Indra Cidambi, M.D. is widely recognized as America’s leading expert on alcohol and drug treatment issues.

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Recovery @ CNT: Kevin’s Story of Opiate Detoxification

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By 2015, Kevin had sunk into an abyss from which he feared he’d never emerge. Despondent over his mother’s death from cancer, the 27-year-old Middlesex County resident and project manager began abusing 30mg tablets of oxycodone – an opiate also known as “blues” or “roxy” on the street – to deal with his stress, anxiety and depression.

“I started doing a few per week but eventually progressed to 8 per day,” said Kevin of what ...

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Recovery @ CNT: Brian’s Story of Addiction Treatment

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Brian’s childhood was no different from a million other kids – he grew up in a quiet suburban town; he played soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring. In his teenage years, he found he had a talent for music and became adept at the guitar, the bass and the piano.

He first tried alcohol at 13 from a friend’s parent’s minibar. After avoiding pot for a while, he did try ...

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Long Island Backstory : Addiction to alcohol and drugs with the mothers of TAM (The Addict’s Mom)

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2. Dr. Cidambi discusses addiction to alcohol and drugs with the mothers of TAM (The Addict’s Mom). How to identify if a loved is addicted? How to take steps to get them into treatment?

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Times Colonist : Is it time to cutback on your drinking (alcohol)?

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This British Columbia (Canada) newspaper reached out to Dr. Cidambi seeking her expert opinion on drug and alcohol use. CNT’s Medical Director, Dr. Cidambi, has been widely recognized as America’s leading expert in treating individuals suffering from drug or alcohol addiction.

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Beware Withdrawal Symptoms – They can be Fatal!

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Upon abrupt discontinuation or decrease in intake of substances of abuse, an individual goes into a phase called “withdrawal.” It happens after repeated use of opiates (pain pills/heroin), alcohol and benzodiazepines and buprenorphine (trade names: Suboxone, Bunavail, Zubsolv), a medication used to treat opioid withdrawal and cravings. Withdrawal causes acute physical distress and, in the case of alcohol and benxodiazepines, it can cause seizures or even death.The symptoms may include excessive sweating, anxiety, depression, fatigue etc.

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Addiction is a Chronic Disease – Treat it Like One

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People with a substance use disorder, or addiction, are generally viewed as being “responsible” for their condition and there is a stigma associated with suffering from this disorder. However, medical evidence leaves no doubt that addiction is a disease. According to NIDA, addiction comes about through an array of neuroadaptive changes and the laying down and strengthening of new memory connections in various circuits in the brain.

Addiction is a chronic disease, much like diabetes and it ...

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