Medical Marijuana as an Alternative to Opioids

By Robert Matylewicz, DO, ABAM, Medical Director at The Ranch PA In recent years, the topic of using medical cannabis instead of prescription painkillers has joined the national conversation surrounding the opioid addiction crisis. Though regular marijuana use comes with risks like addiction and conditions such as marijuana-induced psychosis, proponents of medical cannabis argue that…

6 Ways to Cope With Anxiety Over the Holidays

Holidays can bring up a lot of anxiety – especially for people in recovery from substance abuse and mental health conditions. One reason for increased anxiety is that holiday activities may include gatherings with your family of origin (the family you grew up in – parents, siblings and others who lived with you). This may be…

How Pennsylvania Is Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

Pennsylvania is facing a deadly problem: an opioid epidemic. Opioids, which include heroin and prescription painkillers, are responsible for numerous overdose deaths throughout the state and the country. Detox facilities in PA are available to help those who are ready to beat their personal addiction, but not everyone is ready to take that step. Until…

The State of Abuse in PA

Drug overdose deaths are increasing in Pennsylvania, which means rehab facilities in PA are working harder than ever to get people the help they need. Researchers have begun studying the rates of overdose deaths for specific races, genders and age groups in order to put together a targeted action plan that can save lives.

Homelessness and Substance Abuse: The Connection

Homelessness is a major public health concern in major cities and small towns across North America. It is estimated that 650,000 individuals across the U.S. and Canada are homeless on any given night. Estimates of alcohol and drug use rates among the homeless vary considerably, however, there is agreement that substance use is significantly higher…