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The Link Between PTSD and Addiction

For many Americans and Texans, life can feel like a constant battle. It’s a scenario more common than many of us would like to admit, where the specter of past traumas haunts the present, leading to a desperate search for relief. This is the harsh reality for individuals grappling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and…

Sex Addiction or Problematic Sexual Behavior? What are we getting wrong?

What is problematic sexual behavior? What is sex addiction? Problematic sexual behavior (PSB) is an on-going, uncontrollable pattern of sexual thoughts and behaviors that prove problematic in a person’s life. This particular form of addiction or compulsive behavior is often misunderstood. Sensationalized or worst-case scenarios may make headlines – but are not the norm. Though…

Why is Fentanyl Deadly?

Q & A with Santé’s Medical Director, Melissa Pennington, D.O.   Why have overdose deaths increased? Drug overdose deaths have increased as deaths from fentanyl escalate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fentanyl and other synthetic opioids have had a rapid and dramatic rise; overdose deaths involving these drugs have nearly…

young woman looking confused as she speaks to her behavioral health therapist about trauma and addiction and how to heal both hurts

Trauma and Addiction: How to Heal Both Hurts

Many Americans find themselves entangled in the web of trauma and addiction, two complex conditions that often walk hand in hand, casting shadows over lives and families. Traumatic experiences can take a lasting toll on an individual and cause them to self-medicate or self-soothe with addictive substances like drugs or alcohol. Addiction and trauma often…

Opioid Use Stigma

Q & A with Santé’s Medical Director, Melissa Pennington, D.O.   What are opioids? Opioids are a group of drugs that require a prescription and include man-made narcotics such as fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, the illegal drug heroin, and many more.   What is stigma? A negative thought or belief about another individual or…

Dry or Damp?

Q & A with Santé’s Medical Director, Melissa Pennington, D.O.   What is Dry/Damp January? Over the last decade, “Dry January” has become a popular way to begin the year for many. Dry January is when an individual commits to not drink any alcohol for the 31 days in the month.¹  More recently, “Damp January”…

Opioids Overdose Deaths

Q & A with Santé’s Medical Director, Melissa Pennington, D.O.   Q.) What are opioids? Opioids, sometimes referred to as narcotics, are pain medications prescribed by medical doctors. Opioid medicines work by transporting through the blood and then connect to opioid receptors in brain cells. The opiate blocks pain messages and can enhance spirits and…

WARNING SIGNS OF ADDICTION

Q & A with Santé’s Medical Director, Melissa Pennington, D.O.+   Q.) What are the statistics for substance abuse? 22.5 million people (8.5% of the U.S. population) aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem in 2014, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services’ (SAMHSA) National Survey…

Women and Wine Culture

Q & A with Santé’s Medical Director, Melissa Pennington, D.O.   Q.) What are excessive alcohol risks? Excessive alcohol use poses both health and safety risks to females, as their physical health is adversely impacted by heavy drinking, including risks for hypertension, cancer, stroke, liver disease, and alcohol-impaired accidents. There has been a troubling increase…

TIANEPTINE OR “GAS STATION HEROIN”

Q.) What is Tianeptine or “Gas Station Heroin”? Tianeptine is a prescription drug used for depression in some European, Asian, and Latin American countries. It is not approved for use in the US.   Q.) Why is Tianeptine known as “Gas Station Heroin”? Tianeptine is known as “gas station heroin” because it can mimic an…