Chapters Capistrano Blog

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]