Chapters Capistrano Blog

September 5, 2018

More People Live, Enter Drug Rehab with Supervised Injection Sites

In the White House’s efforts to fight the opioid crisis in the United States, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has announced another policy: no safe injection sites. Rosenstein has declared that efforts by several states to launch pilot programs to test whether safe injection sites (SISs) or supervised injection facilities (SIFs)—harm […]

August 29, 2018

Ben Affleck Suffers Alcohol Relapse, Returns to Rehab

The importance of family and friends to an addict’s decision to seek recovery should not be under-stressed. While it is true that the addict must want to recover and be willing to do the necessary work, loved ones can give the abuser a nudge in the right direction. Or an […]

August 22, 2018

Opioid Crisis the Fault of Big Pharma, FDA, and DEA

The pharmaceutical companies have received their share of blame for the opioid addiction crisis—maybe not as much as they deserve, and maybe without the consequences that should have ensued—but they are not the only bad players responsible. The reason we have regulators and regulations is that when a for-profit company […]

August 15, 2018

Does Compulsory Rehab Treatment Work?

Imprisoning drug addicts doesn’t seem to have slowed down or reduced the spread of drug addiction, and it is costly. Research suggests that treating drug addicts instead is more effective and less costly, but not all addicts want to be treated, even if the alternative is prison. Forcing addicts into […]

August 8, 2018

FDA Calls for New Medication-Assisted Treatment Drugs

Despite recommendations from an opioid commission and the declaring opioid abuse a public emergency, the number of overdose deaths due to opioids continues to rise. On Monday the Food and Drug Administration took another step designed to improve matters. Unfortunately, it cannot help matters in the short term because it […]

August 1, 2018

Demi Lovato’s Drug Overdose is a Teachable Moment

The pop singer, actor, and activist Demi Lovato has achieved fame from an early age, and has seemed to handle it better than many of her contemporaries, “seemed” being the operative word. In 2013 she admitted to a plethora of problems, including enduring bullying, drug and alcohol abuse, bulimia, self-cutting and bipolar disorder. Now, shortly after […]

July 25, 2018

Drug Rehab Medical Devices Won’t Work if No One Uses Them

We’re still in the midst of an opioid crisis (or an opioid epidemic, or opioid national emergency, depending upon with whom you speak). And while the US government has been criticized for not doing enough, it is doing some things. Among them is that the US. Food and Drug Administration has […]

July 18, 2018

Less than a Third of OD Patients Receive MAT

Many doctors, politicians and even patients overlook or resist one of the most effective treatments for drug abuse: medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with Suboxone (a tamper-resistant form of buprenorphine) or methadone. Seeing a patient rushed to the emergency room because of a drug overdose seems a sure sign that the patient […]

July 11, 2018

Need to Treat, Not Just Prevent, Heroin Addiction

Last month the US House of Representatives, cognizant that all 435 members are up for re-election in November – with very little to show for it legislatively – passed more than 50 bills dealing with the opioid epidemic and drug abuse in general. Despite the number of bills, they probably […]

June 28, 2018

Sober Fun for the Fourth of July

It’s Independence Day, and even though it has the temerity and bad timing to arrive mid-week – demolishing any hope of squeezing a three-day or even a four-day weekend out of it – chances are you will want to celebrate. You can, even if you have a dependence on or […]