Episode 27: A Difficult Time of Year

The holidays are a time for family gatherings and celebration, but it is also a time when addiction is on the rise from additional pressure and stress. According to DrugAbuse.com, December is the deadliest months for alcohol-induced deaths and it can be a difficult time for recovering addicts as well. In this podcast, Dr. Maggie, a primary care physician, shares the story of a patient recovering from addiction who unexpectedly dies from an overdose. She offers suggestions to listeners facing addiction (and loved ones supporting them) and advice to clinicians for addressing addiction bias and creating a supportive environment. “This [addiction] journey has plenty of ups and downs…it’s complicated…and we [physicians] will be there for them”. Dr. Maggie advocates for early addiction training for clinicians to help address this growing national crisis.

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