Paid Segment by Community Behavioral Health – Dr Suni Jani Talks About the Risk Factors of Addiction


MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY 313 NORTH SEAFORD THIS SEGMENT OF DELMARVA LIFE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY COMMUNITY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH WE JUST WRAPPED UP THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER AND NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH TO INCREASE AWARENESS AND AN UNDERSTANDING OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE. MANY TOWNS ON DELMARVA MARKED THE MONTH WITH A COLOR PURPLE IN WHITE CALICO COUNTY. BOAT PARADE TO RAISE AWARENESS TO THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. SEPTEMBER IS OVER HOWEVER THE PUSH TO RAISE AWARENESS AND EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY CONTINUES. AND IT SHOULD NEVER STOP WITH US. THIS AFTERNOON DR. SUNY JOHNNY WHO’S A MARYLAND BOARD CERTIFIED CHILD ADOLESCENT AND ADULT PSYCHIATRIST WITH THE COMMUNITY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US TODAY. THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME TALKING TO ABOUT THIS THIS ENTIRE TOPIC OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE. IT’S JUST REALLY NOT A SIMPLE ONE ISN’T IT. NO IT’S NOT. IT’S A COMPLICATED BRAIN DISEASE. YEAH YEAH. SO LET’S TALK ABOUT PEOPLE. ARE THERE CERTAIN PEOPLE WHO ARE AT RISK IN CERTAIN RISK FACTORS FOR ADDICTION. YES. AND I WOULD SAY THAT THERE IS NO SINGLE RISK FACTOR SO THERE’S A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR IT. FOR INSTANCE IF YOU HAVE A FAMILY HISTORY OF ADDICTION THAT SUGGESTS THAT YOU MIGHT GENETICALLY BE AT RISK PEOPLE WITH CERTAIN MENTAL ILLNESSES SUCH AS DEPRESSION ANXIETY EATING DISORDERS. PEOPLE WITH IMPULSE CONTROL ISSUES. AND ALSO ONE OF THE MORE INTERESTING ONES IS THE YOUNGER YOU TRY SUBSTANCES THE HIGHER YOUR CHANCE OF BEING ADDICTED TO THEM SO IF I UNDERSTOOD WHAT YOU JUST SAID CORRECTLY IF YOU HAVE A PROPENSITY THESE OTHER THINGS MIGHT HAVE AN ADDICTION PROBLEM. KEN AN ADDICTION PROBLEM LEAD TO OTHER MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. YEAH. SOMETIMES BECOME SORT OF A CHICKEN OR EGG SITUATION SOMETIMES PEOPLE HAVE A MENTAL ILLNESS ALREADY AND THEY TEND TO USE CERTAIN DRUGS TO SELF MEDICATE. JUST ONE WAY OF PUTTING IT. AND THEN OTHER TIMES PEOPLE START WITH THE DRUG ITSELF AND IT CAN LEAD TO A VARIETY OF CONDITIONS SUCH AS PSYCHOSIS WHICH INVOLVES HEARING VOICES OR SEEING THINGS OR DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY. NOW WE’RE WATCHING THE USE OF MARIJUANA AND THE LEGAL USE OF MARIJUANA IS SPREADING ACROSS THE COUNTRY DOES THAT MEAN THAT MARIJUANA ISN’T ADDICTIVE. WELL I THINK THAT IS A VERY COMMON MISCONCEPTION ALL THE TIME IN MY CLINIC AND MANY STUDIES WE’VE SEEN THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO DISPLAY SYMPTOMS OF ADDICTION WITH REGARDS TO MARIJUANA THERE’S SORT OF TWO SIDES TO MARIJUANA. THERE’S THE RECREATIONAL USE WHICH A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO GET LEGALIZED AND THERE IS THIS NEW WAY OF LOOKING AT IT WHERE SOME PEOPLE WILL DESCRIBE AS MEDICINAL BUT THERE’S ACTUALLY A LOT OF ISSUES AROUND THAT STILL MORE RESEARCH HAS TO BE DONE YOU HAVE TO TRY AND FIND A MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY OR AN FDA CERTIFIED PRODUCT. AND IT HAS A VERY SMALL ABSOLUTE INDICATION AS YOU UNDERSTAND IT IN RESEARCH IT’S USUALLY FOR CANCER OR HIV RELATED EATING OR PAIN DISORDERS AND CERTAIN SEIZURES BUT THERE IS NOTHING ABOUT IT WITH REGARDS TO HELPING MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS AT LEAST NOT RIGHT NOW SO IT SEEMS LIKE OPIOID HAVE BY FAR AND AWAY BEEN THE BIGGEST PROBLEM HERE. THE ABUSE OF PRESCRIBED OPIOIDS. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT’S. WELL IT IS A PAIN MEDICINE. IT WAS FREQUENTLY BEING PRESCRIBED FOR PAIN MOSTLY BECAUSE IT WAS IMPORTANT IN SOME HEALTH CARE SETTINGS FOR EVERYONE TO HAVE A PAIN RATING OF ZERO. WE KNOW OPIOIDS REALLY DO HAVE A STRONG EFFECT BUT I THINK WHAT WASN’T RECOGNIZED IN TIME IS THAT THE LONGER IT’S PRESCRIBED THE MORE ADDICTIVE POTENTIAL IT HAS SO IT WASN’T BEING GIVEN IN SHORT COURSES OR AS NEEDED AS INDICATED SOMETIMES PEOPLE WERE CONTINUING THE PRESCRIPTIONS WELL BEYOND WHAT WAS NEEDED. NOW SOMETIMES TEENAGERS ARE PRESCRIBED MEDICATION AFTER THEY HAVE SURGERY SUCH AS A WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTION HAS A PARENT. IS THERE SOMETHING THAT I SHOULD DO OR KEEP AN EYE ON TO MAKE SURE THAT DOESN’T BECOME A BIGGER PROBLEM. SO THAT’S A REALLY GREAT QUESTION. WHAT FREQUENTLY HAPPENS WITH TEENAGERS IS THAT THEY TEND TO WHEN THEY WANT TO EXPERIMENT THEY ACTUALLY GO FOR OPIOID MEDICATIONS IN THEIR PARENTS OR GRANDPARENTS MEDICINE CABINET. SO IF THEY HAD A PRESCRIPTION THEMSELVES I WOULD STRONGLY RECOMMEND THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN BEING THE ONE TO DISPENSE IT TO THEM FOLLOWING THEIR PAIN CONDITION. ABSOLUTELY GIVING IT ONLY IF IT’S UNBELIEVABLY SEVERE AND THEY’RE IMPAIRED AND IF THERE’S ANY LEFT OVER TO TRY AND RETURN IT TO THE PHARMACY IMMEDIATELY OTHERWISE I THINK IT’S GOOD TO KEEP AN EYE ON SOME SIGNS OF ADDICTION SUCH AS TRYING TO OBTAIN MORE AND MORE DROPS IN GRADES. CHANGES A QUESTION ALL PARENTS HATE WHAT SHOULD WE DO IF WE THINK OUR CHILD HAS GOTTEN ADDICTED. WELL IT’S IT’S NOT EASY I THINK IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TO FRANKLY HAVE THAT CONVERSATION THAT YOU’RE CONCERNED. SEEK HELP. IT’S OK IF THEY DON’T WANT TO COME AND GET TREATMENT THAT IS SOMETHING YOU FREQUENTLY SEE IN PEOPLE THAT ARE SUFFERING FROM ADDICTION. OK TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AND TRY AND HAVE THEM SPEAK WITH SOMEONE. BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT IT IS A TREATABLE CONDITION. AND THERE IS HOPE THERE IS HOPE. DR. SUNY JOHNNY WITH COMMUNITY

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