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The Center for Network Therapy (CNT) is led by Indra Cidambi, M.D., who has been recognized for her innovations in addiction treatment. Although opiate withdrawal was sometimes treated in an outpatient setting, she was the first to introduce outpatient treatment for alcohol withdrawal and benzodiazepine withdrawal. Besides lending her expertise to numerous media outlets, she has also been a prolific writer on topics that concern addiction and treatment.

Below you will find articles, op-eds and opinion pieces that explain new or emerging substances of abuse, new medications that may impact treatment and analysis of addiction treatment options.

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International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking The ill effects of Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking have been steadily increasing in human society over the past few decades. The use of chemicals or other naturally produced mind-altering substances to produce pleasurable effects on the brain is commonly referred to as drug abuse. Over ...
15 Jun 2021
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Dispelling Myths About Suboxone Withdrawal and Suboxone Treatment

Dispelling Myths About Suboxone Withdrawal and Suboxone Treatment Suboxone is a medication that has been approved by the FDA to treat addiction to opiates – prescription pain pills such as Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin and heroin and fentanyl. Buprenorphine is a long-acting, high-affinity partial agonist at the mu opioid receptor. It prevents withdrawal symptoms and ...
8 Feb 2021
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Identifying Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms

Identifying Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms Opiates are often called the lion of drugs. This is not only because of their potency, but also because they cause the most severe withdrawal symptoms when their use is stopped. Severe opiate withdrawal symptoms, although not dangerous by themselves, can cause the individual suffering from it to go back to ...
4 Feb 2021
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Step-by-Step Guide to Overcoming Suboxone Withdrawal

Step-by-Step Guide to Overcoming Suboxone Withdrawal What is Suboxone? Suboxone is essentially a branded version of buprenorphine, the medication proven effective in eliminating opiate withdrawal symptoms and mitigating cravings in individuals suffering from opiate addiction and wanting to stop use. Suboxone is a little different from pure buprenorphine in that, in addition to buprenorphine, it ...
20 Jan 2021
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Methadone Withdrawal Symptoms

Methadone Withdrawal Symptoms WHAT IS METHADONE? Methadone is a pain-relieving drug that is used to alleviate acute bone and muscle pain. It is also very effective in mitigating opiate withdrawal symptoms in individuals recovering from abuse of heroin, opioid pain pills, morphine, or fentanyl. It is administered orally or as an injection. Methadone treatment in ...
30 Dec 2020
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The Negative Consequences of Addiction

The Negative Consequences of Addiction As per the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 19.7 million Americans aged 12 years and over were battling a substance use disorder. Addiction is a complex disease that changes brain functioning in a way that compels the use of alcohol or drugs just to feel normal, despite ...
17 Nov 2020
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Coping with Stress and Addiction During the Pandemic

Coping with Stress and Addiction During the Pandemic During these challenging times, every third person is dealing with mental health issues like anxiety, depression and stress, which are triggers for relapse for people in recovery. Changing precautionary measure and constant news feeds about the Covid-19 pandemic, isolation and inner turmoil during seem impossible to master. ...
17 Nov 2020
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Understanding Alcohol Dependence

Understanding Alcohol Dependence Overview Alcohol withdrawal is a big deal! Hundreds of thousands of men and women suffer from Alcohol dependence all over the world. They have been dependent on alcohol for so long that alcohol withdrawal, when consumption is stopped, is acute and dangerous, as it can result in seizures! In high-quality, trusted Alcohol ...
28 Oct 2020
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A Step-by-Step Guide to Benzodiazepines: Benzo Abuse, Benzodiazepine Withdrawal, Benzodiazepine Detox, Benzodiazepine Treatment and Benzodiazepine Rehab

A Step-by-Step Guide to Benzodiazepines: Benzo Abuse, Benzodiazepine Withdrawal, Benzodiazepine Detox, Benzodiazepine Treatment and Benzodiazepine Rehab What are Benzodiazepines? Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are a class of drugs used to treat some mental illnesses such as anxiety and panic attacks and also medical conditions such as insomnia, epilepsy, tremors, acute seizures and muscle spasm. More than ...
8 Oct 2020
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Opiate Detox program

Opiate Detox program SAMHSA Responds to Opiate Detoxification Need SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is a federal agency that sits at the apex of alcohol and drug treatment, research, referral and other services. SAMHSA has the best response to opiate detox program and opioid treatment needs through a free national helpline ...
11 Aug 2020
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Outpatient Addiction Treatment

The Benefits Of Outpatient Addiction Treatment Drug addiction rehab or therapy can be safely carried out within a clinic, hospital, or medical center. Alternatively, based on an agreement or other conditions, an outpatient drug rehab program could be arranged. Both types of medical care have their merits, and the decision on which to go for depends on ...
29 Jul 2020
Blogs

FREE OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Free of Substance Abuse For any individual to enter recovery from alcohol or substance abuse, they must want to change, including their lifestyle. Changing one’s lifestyle is not easy. It will be one of their life’s biggest challenge. However commitment, discipline and courage to make the change and stick with it will result in a ...
15 Jul 2020
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Outpatient Alcohol Rehab

Outpatient Alcohol Rehab At first, you start off with raising a toast at celebratory events or enjoying an occasional drink at office parties. Or you hang out with your buddies, besties, or colleagues after school or work, and drinking alcohol or taking the latest party or club drugs seem like the “in thing.” Before you ...
24 May 2020
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The Effect of Drugs on Unborn Babies

The Effect of Drugs on Unborn Babies Whether you’re planning to embrace motherhood or discover that you are pregnant, your world is suddenly filled with a newfound joy and happiness. But at the same time, if you are caught in the web of substance abuse, you know that it’s time to reach out and seek ...
23 May 2020
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What is the Impact of Drugs on Our Brain and Body?

What is the Impact of Drugs on Our Brain and Body? If you feel like you are walking around in circles and trying to find your way out of a labyrinth of troubles, and that substance abuse will offer you a quick-fix solution, think again. You may be facing a plethora of personal and/or professional ...
20 May 2020
Blogs

AVOIDING RELAPSE DURING COVID19

AVOIDING RELAPSE DURING COVID19 Nationally Recognized Addiction Expert, Dr. Indra Cidambi, Suggests Ways to Maintain Sobriety New Jersey, NY – May 5th, 2020 – The myriad restrictions and dislocations caused by COVID19 is challenging to everyone, worldwide. “But for people in recovery, it has created the perfect storm for relapse,” noted Dr. Indra Cidambi, a ...
7 May 2020
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Holiday Binge Drinking: 5 Warning Signs of Alcohol Abuse

Holiday Binge Drinking: 5 Warning Signs of Alcohol Abuse When the holiday season reaches its peak, parties and the prevalent cheerful mood give us every reason to bring out the booze and raise a toast to the numerous celebratory occasions in our lives. But on the flip side, even those who tag themselves as social ...
22 Apr 2020
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How to Identify the Telltale Signs of Addiction in your Kids?

How to Identify the Telltale Signs of Addiction in your Kids? Summer holidays have arrived and it’s time for students to head home from college and teenagers to look forward to spending time outside school. According to Dr. Indra Cidambi, an addiction expert and a leading name in Addiction Medicine, excessive free time on their ...
22 Apr 2020
Blogs

Is Your Physician Unknowingly Boosting Your Addiction?

Is Your Physician Unknowingly Boosting Your Addiction? Opioid and benzodiazepine abuse are a significant issue in the U.S. Some patients may be unaware of the fact that they are now addicted to either benzodiazepine or an opioid until they give it up and start feeling the effects of benzodiazepine withdrawal or opioid withdrawal; at this ...
22 Apr 2020
Blogs

Outpatient Drug Treatment

Outpatient Drug Treatment Recall the first time you experimented with drugs or alcohol! Maybe it was due to peer pressure. Maybe you wanted to look cool. You always thought you were too smart to be “hooked” on drugs. You always believed you could quit having fun with drugs or alcohol whenever you wished. Little did ...
22 Mar 2020
Blogs

The Dangers Of COVID-19 And Substance Disorders

The Dangers Of COVID-19 And Substance Disorders As the coronavirus pandemic threatens our way of life, everything is changing and everyone is adapting. Remember, individuals suffering from substance use disorders are at higher risk of contracting CoronaVirus due to comorbid conditions and urban/suburban demographics. If you or a loved one suffer from addiction, it is ...
22 Mar 2020
Blogs

Exploring Optimal Approaches to Treat Addiction to Alcohol or Drugs

Exploring Optimal Approaches to Treat Addiction to Alcohol or Drugs Alcohol abuse or alcohol dependency is one of the most significant issues still plaguing our modern society. The excessive consumption of or dependency on alcohol can give rise to many social and personal problems. Over the long term, it can have significant detrimental effects on ...
10 Mar 2020
Print Online Press

REFINERY29: Here’s How To Finally Put Down Your Juul

REFINERY29 published a print featuring Dr. Cidambi
5 Feb 2020
Blogs

5 Key Things to Look for in a Rehab Center

5 Key Things to Look for in a Rehab Center Addiction of any kind, be it to alcohol or drugs, is a dreaded affliction. Not only does it tend to destroy the individual who is addicted, but also impacts everyone in his network – friends or family. Many addiction or rehab treatment centers have effective ...
29 Jan 2020
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