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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.


    Can Giving up Alcohol Reduce Anxiety?

    Can Giving up Alcohol Reduce Anxiety? Anxiety: An Overview You may be tempted to drink a glass of wine or a beer to calm your nerves when coping with hectic days or anxiety provoking events. However, excessive drinking of alcohol, especially over a lengthy period, can make you feel more anxious. If you’re being treated ...
    9 Dec 2021

    Most Common Misconceptions about Addiction

    Most Common Misconceptions about Addiction Although we now know more about addiction than ever before, there are still many misconceptions about substance use disorders even among informed people. There have been significant advancements in understanding the disease of addiction, addiction treatment and research, but a lack of understanding of the chronic disease of addiction creates ...
    9 Dec 2021

    How Methadone Can Affect Your Emotional Health?

    How Methadone Can Affect Your Emotional Health? Methadone is a synthetic opioid that was first developed and used by the Germans during the Second World War. It acts similarly to narcotic painkillers, such as Oxycodone, Oxycontin or Percocet, and is used to relieve acute pain. It relieves pain, makes the user feel drowsy, and delivers ...
    7 Dec 2021

    Drug Addiction Trends in New Jersey

    Drug Addiction Trends in New Jersey Abuse of substances has plagued humanity since history was recorded. However, the current torrent of addiction is unprecedented. The ill-effects of being addicted to drugs or alcohol is widely disseminated – educational and prevention programs,  lectures informing students of its consequences, and myriad movies that have portrayed the negative ...
    18 Oct 2021


    KETAMINE TREATMENT AND RELAPSE Ketamine is a drug of abuse and is classified as a short-acting (30-60 minutes) dissociative anesthetic with hallucinogenic effects. It is known as a “club” drug and is popular among teens and young adults. It distorts perceptions of sight and sound and makes the user feel disconnected and not in control. ...
    4 Oct 2021


    THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF COCAINE ADDICTION Cocaine is made from the leaves of the coca plant that is native to South America. Cocaine is an stimulant and it is addictive. Cocaine has valid health care uses, as a local anesthesia for some surgeries, however, recreational use of cocaine is illegal. Cocaine is sold on ...
    1 Oct 2021

    Coping with COVID-19 and Alcohol Abuse

    Coping with COVID-19 and Alcohol Abuse Covid-19 has brought on many new stressors, some of which most people have not experienced before – boredom, isolation and fear of health in addition to more commonly experienced stressors such as anxiety, depression, job loss and financial uncertainty. Many people turned to abusing alcohol or drugs in order ...
    7 Sep 2021

    The Addiction Trap – A Graphic View

    The Addiction Trap – A Graphic View Individuals suffering from addiction always wonder how they got addicted in the first place. They almost always feel that they slipped into addiction inadvertently. It seemed to them that they were just having some fun with drugs or alcohol at a few parties or used them a few ...
    24 Jun 2021

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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


    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

    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

    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

    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


    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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