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Prescription Drug Dependence & Abuse   
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Articles on Attorneys and Addiction, Depression & Stress

  •     The General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section of the ABA recently published Bumps in the Road, a theme issue of GP Solo Magazine. This edition has several articles specifically geared to attorneys on issues of alcohol and drug addiction, depression, stress, balancing work and personal life as well as other concerns. The pdf file will take a moment to load and then will open in a new window with a menu on the right, listing all available articles.
    Just click on the titles that interest you to read the full text.

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Assessing Your Risk for Addiction to Pain Medication

  • The following excerpt from Chapter One of "When Painkillers Become Dangerous - What Everyone Needs to Know About OxyContin and Other Prescription Drugs" is by Drew Pinsky, MD ┬ę 2004

The risk for triggering addiction and misuse is obviously much greater if you have a previous history of addiction, particularly if that addiction was to opiates. The greatest risk for reactivating addiction is during the first six to twelve months of sobriety. Every effort should be made to avoid any exposure to opiates during this time as it will reawaken all of the distortions, feelings of desperation and cravings of addiction.

The following list of questions can help you to assess your risk for addiction to pain medication, whether you have a history of addiction or not.



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