Chapters Capistrano Blog

June 27, 2018

Drug Smugglers, Addiction More of a Threat than Undocumented Workers

What’s the greater threat facing the United States from over the Mexican border: illicit drugs or undocumented immigrants? To the US executive branch, the answer seems to be both, because President Donald J. Trump seems to believe most of the drugs entering our country come through Mexico via undocumented immigrants. […]

June 20, 2018

Learning from Opioid Epidemic Missteps

The existentialist philosopher Soren Kierkegaard wrote, “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Or maybe, as William James remembered it, “We live forwards but we understand backwards”. The point is that life is not a mathematical equation or, if it is, we don’t understand the […]

June 13, 2018

Punishing Drub Abuse Relapses Doesn’t Improve Outcomes

One of the many things hindering drug abuse treatment is that drug addiction isn’t considered just an involuntary mental condition, akin to a disease, but also a crime. If the police detect illicit drug use, the drug abuser can go to jail or to involuntary drug addiction therapy in lieu […]

June 6, 2018

Addicts Need MAT, Harm Reduction to Beat Opioid Epidemic

One problem driving the opioid epidemic—aside from the carelessness or actual avarice of the pharmaceutical companies —is that it can be easier and cheaper (not safer) to continue to take opioids than to get drug addiction treatment for it. That must change if we want to end the epidemic. The website […]

May 30, 2018

Rehab Addiction Treatment Industry Hurt by Bad Players

There are a series of television ads currently running in which a man in doctor’s scrubs urges you to call a number for addiction services. Lately, the ads have gotten more belligerent. The man says something like, “You know who I am. Why haven’t you called?” Many people are annoyed […]

May 23, 2018

CBD is Real Medical Marijuana

While medical marijuana may not always be used for strictly health-related reasons, it is not an oxymoron. Scientifically rigorous proof of the benefits of cannabis is not always available due to limits on legal research by the federal government. After researchers jump through the hoops to convince the feds that […]

May 16, 2018

Is Smoking Tobacco a Mental Illness as Well as an Addiction?

It cannot be repeated too often that about half the people with a substance use disorder also have a mental illness or, more correctly, another mental illness. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “drug addiction is a mental illness.” When a patient has a mental illness and a […]

May 9, 2018

Marijuana Can Cause Nausea

Last month a study was published—and widely written about in the media—about a medical condition associated with chronic marijuana use: scromiting. More precisely and often known as cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS), the catchier name is a portmanteau word combining screaming and vomiting. Actually, screaming doesn’t seem to be a common […]

May 2, 2018

Balancing the Costs of the Opioid Epidemic and Ending It

In case you forgot, we have an opioid epidemic in this country, of everything from OxyContin, to heroin, to fentanyl. Despite the efforts of local and federal governments, not much to end the epidemic has been accomplished so far. In part, this is because not everybody agrees on what needs to […]

April 25, 2018

Poll: Spend More Money on Addiction Treatment and Prevention

Everybody has an opinion, but opinions aren’t facts. Ideally, polls can determine what those opinions are, but the data is sometimes hard to interpret. The best pollsters and analysts are honest, but sometimes questions can be slanted to record the desired result (“push polls”) and sometimes the results can be […]