Addiction on Trial: Follow-up Interview with Dr. Steven Kassels

I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Steven Kassels this summer re: his recently published book, Addiction on Trial: Tragedy in Downeast Maine, which posted to Social Justice Solutions. I enjoy reading and read a few books at a time, so this one appealed to me as a ‘fun read’ initially but went a step further as another theme in the book is addiction. So my fun read became enjoyably educational.

If you as a reader like crime, murder-mystery, courtroom drama, and dysfunctional family dynamics, then you will like this book. If you are a reader who wants to be educated with a refreshing approach, the interwoven theme of addiction will appeal to you as well….

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#Addiction, #Education, #Maine, #Treatment

Tis’ the Season to be Jolly & Sober

As we all know, the holiday season brings joy to some and anxiety to others.  It is therefore not unexpected that at this time of year there is an increased feeling of loneliness for those who are alone, a heightened sense of hopelessness for those who have depression, and an increased challenge by the temptations of the season for those who are faced with the disease of addiction. “Tis’ the season to be jolly.  Fa la la la la, la la la la.”  Really?  So during a time when we are faced with the senseless deaths of fellow citizens for minor crimes and the rising up of voices, which reminds us of the disparity that existed between the discriminatory penalties imposed for crack cocaine versus powder cocaine, I thought I would share a few stories….

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#Abuse, #Addiction, #Alcohol, #Health, #Holidays, #MentalHealth

Destigmatize & Demystify: National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery month, which is now in its 25th year!  “National Recovery Month is a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. The observance’s main focus is to laud the gains made by those in recovery from these conditions, just as we would those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.” …

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#Addiction, #Recoverymonth, #SubstanceAbuse

Compassion Across Borders: International Disparities in the Vocation of Healthcare Providers

The following essay was the first-prize winner of the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education’s 2014 Dr. Kuo York and M. Noelle Chynn Undergraduate Prize in Ethics, an essay competition to stimulate self-examination about concepts of ethics and morality encountered personally or as a concerned member of society. The Chynn Prize is funded by the Chynn Family Foundation. 

By: Michael Menconi

Patient names have been changed to ensure confidentiality and protect privacy.

Healthcare professionals often refer to their careers in medicine as a life purpose—their “calling” is to treat the sick, mend the injured, comfort the vulnerable, and instill courage in those who have lost all hope. Doctors have a moral, ethical, and professional obligation—or perhaps duty—to do no harm and perform acts of healing, both of which were fundamental virtues established by the Hippocratic Oath over five centuries ago. For a field with such an extensive, prolific history of emphasizing compassion and care for those in need, it is expected (and often assumed) that healthcare providers treat every patient with a fundamental respect for the human condition, unwavering empathy, and superior levels of social and cultural competency. …

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#Addiction, #ChynnPrize, #DrugUse, #FordhamUniversity, #Poverty

WE NEED MORE DOCTORS LIKE SAUL TOLSON

I hope you enjoy meeting Dr. Saul Tolson.  At the time of this therapeutic session, Jimmy had been “clean” from heroin for thirty-four months.  This would be one of his final sessions with Dr. Tolson before moving from Kansas City to Downeast Maine, where Jimmy would be accused of murder.  Read on and experience the life of an addict, who struggles with his past demons; and meet Saul Tolson, the compassionate and insightful therapist, and listen to one of his passionate lectures on the disease of addiction. …

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#Addiction, #Heroin

It’s Been a While

Unfortunately, life got ahead of me this summer as I went into a “full steam ahead” mode to get the word out about my book, interspersed with visits from three of my grandchildren.  I apologize for not having kept up with my self-imposed schedule of blog postings about my author endeavors and current addiction medicine related matters. To all of you who have read Addiction on Trial, thank you; and if you posted a review on Amazon, an extra thank you  …

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#Addiction, #Boston, #Mexico, #Psychology, #ShawnMarks

“Addiction on Trial” – Book Review and Interview

Book Review- Addiction on Trial  by Steven Kassels, MD:

A book with interwoven genres of crime, murder-mystery, courtroom drama, dysfunctional family dynamics, Emergency Medical drama, and addiction.

Other reviews of this book discuss the legal aspect, the medical murder, thriller angle that offers suspense and describe it as a “page turner.” While this is all true, the book also offers a rare insight into addiction itself and the daily struggles addicts face. The story is educational, without being too technical. …

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#Addiction, #CrimeNovel, #DysfunctionalFamily, #Murdermystery