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CDC Issues New Guideline for Prescribing Opioids

New Prescription Guidelines – Chronic Pain | Curbing a ‘doctor-driven’ prescription overdose epidemic. March 22, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new guideline for prescribing opioids such as Oxycontin (oxycodone) for chronic pain; that are not related to cancer or end-of-life care. The guideline’s goal is to curb what CDC […]

FDA Black Box Warning Labels - Opioid Painkillers

FDA requires ‘black box’ warning on immediate release painkillers | In an attempt to slow the prescription drug abuse epidemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Tuesday March 22, 2016 that immediate-release opioid painkillers such as oxycodone and fentanyl will now have a “black box” warning. The warning will include information about the […]

Harvard MRI Study Evidence of Meditation's Cognitive Benefits

New Evidence Confirms Beliefs of Experienced Meditation Practitioners | From the Harvard Gazette: Eight weeks to a better brain Although the Harvard study was completed in 2011, the study is now getting a second look. As more individuals and corporations are beginning to practice mindfulness meditation – the question meditation effectiveness is important. ‘Mindfulness meditation […]

Suboxone Treatment New Legislation - Quest to Make Suboxone More Available

Senate Bill Calls for Increase on Patient Cap for Doctors Prescribing Suboxone | The new bill is called the Recovery Enhancement for Addiction Treatment Act, and it would increase the number of patients a doctor could treat with Suboxone (buprenorphine) for opioid withdrawal. In a large number of cases addicts will relapse during the withdrawal period, […]

Suboxone Treatment for Opioid Dependence

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Suboxone Inpatient Treatment Program | At Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, we have found that Suboxone (buprenorphine) is an effective inpatient treatment protocol for opioid dependence. Suboxone treatment not only eases withdrawal symptoms. When combined with a comprehensive and holistic addiction recovery program – suboxone therapy can increase the chances staying sober without relapse. […]

Baby Boomers Prescription Opioid Painkiller Addiction

Boomer Opioid Addiction and Chronic Pain Recovery Program | The Baby Boomer generation is increasingly being prescribed strong opioid painkillers. Many go on to become addicted to their painkiller medication. At Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, we treat opioid prescription painkiller addiction, opioid addiction and heroin addiction in men over 30. Most of our clients are men […]

What Makes a Good Life? Ted Talk Video

Lessons From the Longest Study on Happiness • What produces real happiness? • 75 Year Study: Harvard Study of Adult Development • 724 men tracked • Men still participating in their 90’s • Boston 1930’s teenagers from tenement; economically disadvantaged • One president of the United States in this group • Successes and not so […]

Opioid Prescription Painkillers Addiction Treatment

Understanding the Opioid Prescription Addiction Problem It’s in the news everywhere you turn: opioid prescription painkiller addiction has reached epidemic proportions. Opioid Addiction Statistics In 2014 alone approximately 10.3 million people reported non-medical use of prescription opioids, according to an article published by the New England Journal of Medicine [1]. Between 2003-2011 emergency room admissions […]

Dramatic Rise in Older Adults Seeking Addiction Treatment

Boomer Addiction Recovery and Rehab  | Baby boomers are increasing developing drug addictions; using drugs, getting into trouble for drug offenses, and dying from drug overdoses at increasingly higher rates. Boomers struggling with addiction issues are actively looking for addiction recovery programs structured for older adults; some seeking gender specific addiction rehab and treatment programs. […]

Tom McGrath Running to Recovery

Running Helped Tom Beat Addiction | Once he had run clear across the United States, but in July of 2004 Tom McGrath was in really bad shape. His doctors gave him only days to live: his alcohol use was killing him. Born in 1950 in Northern Ireland, Tom had always been very athletic. He played […]

The Man in the Mirror: The Truth About You

Introduction to The Truth About You In the Arrowhead Lodge Recovery addiction and trauma treatment program for men, we have found the “Man in the Mirror” concept helpful in overcoming negative self-talk that originates in a shame-based core belief of one’s self. Recovering from addiction, whether a substance or a process, like sex, eating and […]

Alcohol and Drug Treatment: 4 Things You Need to Know

Alcohol and Drug Treatment Facts Alcohol and drug treatment centers, like any other business, vary in quality and price. Before you chose a program for yourself or a loved one, there are a few things you should know. Price Does Not Equal Quality When it comes to choosing a center for drug and alcohol treatment, […]

How to Change Your Negative Beliefs About Yourself

Introduction to Changing Negative Beliefs Many of us grew up in some level of dysfunction. In our homes we heard statements, judgments, claims and generally abusive, degrading and harming words from those whom we love and, sadly, feared. The repetitious years and decades of negative input from those closest to us created deeply seated core […]

The Right Thing To Do Has No Resistance

Introduction to No Resistance When you want something or when you need to make an important decision, the path of least resistance is generally the right direction or the correct decision. You see, resistance indicates one is pushing against the natural forces of the universe and when that happens, you should stop what you are […]

The Value of Making Amends in Your Family

Making Amends in Your Family An important milestone in recovery is making amends to people who were harmed by one’s self-centered behavior. In twelve-step programs it’s step nine: “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” The process of making amends is humbling, liberating and […]

Emotional Health – Letting Go of Training Wheels

Introduction Most children learn to ride a bicycle using training wheels until they are confident enough to attempt riding without them. Having raised several children of my own, I’ve held on to the back seat many times only to let go on “2” (in the “1-2-3” count) and watch them ride on only two wheels. […]

Treatment for Depression and Trauma

Depression and Trauma in Men: It’s Killing Us! As men grow older, symptoms of depression increase because their ego created defenses no longer work. The defenses are often created as the direct result from some traumatic incident(s) that occurred somewhere in their life. For male trauma survivors, who are emotionally unaware and who try to […]

Depression Treatment

Introduction – Depression in Men: The Killer Disease Clinical depression. Men don’t talk about it. Only ‘weak’ men get depression and the ‘weak’ don’t win. This is but one commonly held belief by men about a deadly disease called Depression. Men are just as susceptible to depression as women, yet women report depression almost twice […]

30 Day Drug and Alcohol Rehab

30 Day Drug and Alcohol Rehab – What You Should and Should Not Expect  Introduction There’s a myth about drug and alcohol rehab. If you go to treatment, you will be able to stop your addiction. Not necessarily true. And what’s so magical about 30 days of treatment? Why 30 days? Why not 45, 60, 90 or more? And […]

Plan “B” – When Your Life Plan Doesn’t Work: Men and Substance Abuse Recovery

Introduction In working with hundreds of men whose lives have essentially “blown up”, for various and sundry reasons, I often hear them say: “Guess I’ll try plan B…” These otherwise smart and intelligent men, who are capable of great achievements, find themselves empty on the inside and feel as if they are simply suiting up […]
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