Is your Doctor Unwittingly Enabling your Addiction?

Is your Doctor Unwittingly Enabling your Addiction?

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Opioid and benzodiazepine abuse is a critical problem in America.

Some people may not even be aware that they have become chemically dependent on one of these medications until they stop taking the medication and begin to experience withdrawal symptoms, as the need for substance detoxification grows.

Many people visit their doctor’s offices, urgent care centers and other types of medical facilities every so often.

While the health care one receives is professional, many physicians are not fluent with controlled substances and are completely unaware that they are addictive.

Physicians and nurse practitioners see many patients a day and are often overworked. When a patient complains of acute pain, often the easiest solution is to write a prescription for opioid pain medications.

According to Dr. Cidambi, many physicians do not have the expertise to get to the root of the pain or anxiety, as many are family practitioners and nurse practitioners who may not have received the training a pain specialist or psychiatrist receives. More than half of these prescriptions are written by primary care physicians or nurse practitioners.

Why some physicians unintentionally end up enabling an individual’s addiction to prescription medications?

Pain: When a patient complains of pain, only acute pain calls for the prescription of opioid medications – not a sprained ankle or menstruation cramps. They should talk to you about the risks involved with opioid medication and balance it against the benefits.

If opioid pain pills are prescribed for more than three months, the patient needs a substance abuse evaluation in order to ensure that they are not becoming chemically dependent.

The best strategy is to move the patient as quickly as possible to non-addictive pain medications and introduce the patient to alternate methods of mitigating pain, such as meditation, yoga, acupuncture or massage.

Anxiety: Benzodiazepines are often used to treat people with anxiety, but long-term use should not be the treatment plan.

Many individuals who are prescribed benzodiazepines for genuine mental health issues end up becoming chemically dependent on these medications. After the acute phase of treatment is concluded, there are alternate treatments that are equally effective over the long run.

ADHD: It is not uncommon for physicians to prescribe highly addictive medications, known as stimulants, to address Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Adderall and Ritalin are two very common drugs used to treat ADHD and are often abused.

If the medications have been used for a considerable amount of time and are affecting the quality of life of a loved one, consider switching to alternative treatment modalities.

Often, people using these types of medications don’t start out as addicts. They begin to experience alleviation of symptoms of acute pain or anxiety, but they may find going through the day or functioning at normal levels difficult without these medications.

What helps with the withdrawal?

Quitting cold turkey may be very difficult when chemical dependence has set in. It may also be dangerous to quit some of these medications suddenly, as it may lead to medical complications such as seizure or stroke.

If you need more information about addiction to prescription medications or have questions regarding chemical dependency and prescription medications, please contact us at the earliest.


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Brian Cuban praises center for network therapy’s outpatient detox model

Brian Cuban praises center for network therapy’s outpatient detox model


New Jersey –June 3, 2016 – The Center for Network Therapy (CNT), New Jersey’s first state licensed ambulatory detox facility for all substance abuse, welcomed Brian Cuban, best-selling author and person in long term recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Cuban visited CNT on Friday, June 3rdfor a tour of the outpatient detox treatment facility. Cuban shared his personal experiences, struggles and recovery with CNT staff and patients.

An authority on body dysmorphic disorder, male eating disorders and addiction, Cuban is the author of book, “Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder.” It chronicles his first-hand experiences living with, and recovering from, 27 years of eating disorders, alcoholism, drug addiction and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Cuban’s second book, “The Addicted Lawyer: Tales of the Bar, Booze, Blow and Redemption,” will be released in 2017 and chronicles Cuban’s time working as an attorney who was addicted to cocaine, alcohol, Ambien, and opioid medication.

“I know the challenges of dealing with destructive behaviors and wanting to change what I saw in the mirror,” said Cuban. “Recovery is rarely a straight road and can have setbacks, but I am glad I stuck with the process and recently celebrated my ninth year in sobriety. I am grateful to be able to share my story with those fighting this disease with the help of the Center for Network Therapy. Their outpatient detox model has been proven effective for those seeking to end the cycle of addiction”

“We are honored to have Brian Cuban visit the Center for Network Therapy. His struggle speaks to the importance of getting help and his story will inspire both our patients and staff as we fight this disease, one patient at a time.” said Dr. Cidambi. “We thank Brian Cuban for sharing his story with us as we work to connect the success of our program with inspiration for the future.”

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About Dr. Indra Cidambi

Indra Cidambi, M.D., Medical Director, Center for Network Therapy, is recognized as a leading expert and pioneer in the field of Addiction Medicine. Under her leadership the Center for Network Therapy started New Jersey’s first state licensed Ambulatory (Outpatient) Detoxification program for all substances nearly three years ago. Dr. Cidambi is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and double Board Certified in Addiction Medicine (ABAM, ABPN). She is fluent in five languages, including Russian.

About Center for Network Therapy

Center for Network Therapy (CNT) was the first facility in New Jersey to be licensed to provide Ambulatory (Outpatient) Detoxification Services for all substances of abuse – alcohol, anesthetics, benzodiazepines, opiates and other substances of abuse. Led by a Board Certified Addiction Psychiatrist, Indra Cidambi, M.D., experienced physicians and nurses closely monitor each patient’s progress. With CNT’s superior client care and high quality treatment, Dr. Cidambi and her clinical team have successfully detoxed over 600 patients in nearly three years. Visit for more details on CNT.

About Brian Cuban

Brian Cuban is an author whose best-selling book, Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder, chronicles his first-hand experiences living with, and recovering from, twenty-seven years of eating disorders, alcoholism, drug addiction and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). He has spoken at colleges and universities across the United States and in Canada. Brian has appeared on prestigious talks shows such as the Katie Couric Show as well as numerous media outlets around the country. He also writes extensively on these subjects. His columns have appeared on,, The Huffington Post and in online and print newspapers around the world. Brian second book, entitled, The Addicted Lawyer: Tales of the Bar, Booze, Blow and Redemption, will be released in 2017.


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