Chapters Capistrano Blog

April 11, 2018

Treatment More Effective than Prison for Dual Diagnosis

It cannot be overstressed or repeated often enough: Substance use disorder (SUD) and mental illness are often co-morbid or co-occurring. It also is known as a dual diagnosis which is best treated with dual diagnosis addiction treatment. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “people addicted to drugs […]

April 4, 2018

Opioid Abuse Declines Where Medical Marijuana is Legal, New Studies Show

Advocates for legal marijuana have just received additional support that not only isn’t marijuana necessarily harmful to you, its legalization could save lives and help curtail the opioid epidemic. Two reports in JAMA Internal Medicine — one by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the other by researchers […]

March 28, 2018

Easter Is a Time for Rebirth, Renewal, and Recovery from Substance Abuse

Easter is a time of rebirth, renewal. Not only because it’s the Christian’s commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but also because (in the northern hemisphere) it’s the early days of Spring following the vernal equinox, and the setting for many festivals celebrating the return of the sun, with […]

March 14, 2018

Death Penalty Won’t Stop Opioid Epidemic

To end substance abuse, whether drugs or alcohol, you must stop the supply and/or the demand. Stopping demand means reducing the number of people who want the drugs, even if they are available, even if they are legal. This is accomplished through drug abuse rehab treatment, prevention programs, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and […]

March 7, 2018

ACA Increased Opioid Treatment, Not Opioid Abuse

There was an odd theory floated last year by conservatives and others opposed to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare if you prefer): the expansion of Medicaid made the Opioid Epidemic worse, maybe even caused it. Citing cherry-picked statistics, the theorists say that the states with […]

February 28, 2018

Use of MAT Drugs Is Not the Same as Addiction

In at least one respect, President Donald Trump’s replacement for Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services is an improvement: Alex Azar believes in expanding medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for drug rehab. Let’s hope it’s because he accepts the science, not just because he was once a pharmaceutical company executive. […]

February 21, 2018

Problems in Determining Drug Overdose Deaths

Overdose deaths due to legal and illicit drug use and abuse are on the rise. All the experts agree. Defining what is a drug overdose death  or — when more than one drug is found in the bloodstream — which drug was responsible is less clear. (“No snowflake in an […]

February 14, 2018

Reefer Madness Redux: FDA Overstates Claims of Kratom Abuse Deaths

In an episode from that font of wisdom and subtlety, the Comedy Central cartoon series South Park, series regular Stan Marsh becomes the victim of a well-meaning hoax by his parents to keep him from ever using drugs: They hire an actor to portray a future Stan who has become […]

February 7, 2018

New Help for Opioid Abuse Epidemic Treatment

In May 2016 a promising new tool in the fight against the opioid abuse epidemic received FDA approval. Since then, it has not made much of an impact. Now it will have some competition, which may fare better. Probuphine is an implantable version of buprenorphine, a low-dose opioid used in […]