Chapters Capistrano Blog

March 27, 2019

Is Addiction a Learning Disorder?

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that addiction is more akin to a disease than a moral failing. Or almost universally acknowledged. There are still some who see substance use disorder (SUD) as the result of indulgence, laziness, the unwillingness to summon the willpower to stop. That group is becoming […]

March 20, 2019

There’s a Difference between Addiction and Dependence

Sometimes when we try to be polite or politically correct, we distort the facts. Other times by trying to be precise we seem to be nit-picking. Take substance abuse. According to a Columbia Journalism Review article, the proper term in the latest Associated Press Stylebook is substance misuse, because abuse […]

March 13, 2019

FDA Approves Ketamine-based Antidepressant

Ketamine is a drug that kind of flies under the radar. While it has some accepted medical uses (mostly in veterinary medicine), it also has a rep as a party drug. That means it is bad. Ketamine also is on the United Nations’ World Health Organization Essential Medicines List, “a […]

February 27, 2019

End FDA-Big Pharma Revolving Door

Many people claim not to like Big Government. They call it the Nanny State. But private companies and people don’t always act in the people’s best interests, and “No man is an island entire of itself”. Actions have consequences for society as well as for the individual. Big Pharma—the pharmaceutical giants […]

February 20, 2019

Accidental Overdose or Suicide? It’s Not Always Possible to Tell

Last year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data revealing that life expectancy in the United States had decreased from 2016 to 2017. True, only by 0.1 percent overall, but the death rate increased by 2.9 percent for those in the 25 to 34 age group. Those […]

February 13, 2019

Opioid Epidemic Causes Unintended Suffering for Pain Patients

Progress and social change rarely advance at a steady rate, be it voting rights or drug treatment. They operate more like a pendulum, swinging forward, then swinging back, and then forward again. Incremental changes result. Slavery in the United States ended after the American Civil War, and there was a […]

February 6, 2019

Not all drug use is abuse or trading one addiction for another

What is an addiction? Is it any use of drugs? Obviously not. Probably every person on the planet has used a “drug” of some sort for the relief of illness or pain, be it a hand-picked herbal remedy or a mass-produced, scientifically-tested and quality-controlled pharmaceutical. Besides, not every addictive substance […]

January 30, 2019

Women Increasingly Die from Opioid Overdoses

Since 1999 there has been a increase in the number of women, ages 30 to 64, dying due to a drug overdose, and an even larger increase for drug overdoses involving opioids, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.  Some of theses deaths (which are still lower […]

January 23, 2019

Time for Drug and Alcohol Facts, Not Reefer Madness II

This week (through Sunday, June 27) is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, a program intended to “to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, or from friends.” “The best way to prevent alcohol, tobacco, and drug use in […]