Provocative question! See my discussion of this issue here at Psychology Today.
See an article here about physicians who have substance use disorders. I was quoted in US News and World Report, saying that the reasons that physicians use drugs are largely the same reasons why everyone else does so.
All things considered, the potential downsides of home drug testing outweigh the potential benefits of doing so. See my latest Psychology Today post here for more.
Please see my just published post on Psychology Today. Although it stimulates the same brain receptors that marijuana does, synthetic marijuana (also known as K2 or Spice, among other names) is dramatically more potent than marijuana itself and also carries far greater risks than marijuana. Manufacturers are often trying to stay one step ahead of the law, so who knows what chemicals will turn up next in synthetic marijuana. The upshot: Stay away.
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The movie is called Doctors of the Dark Side. You can see a trailer for the movie here. The website also has a study guide which provides invaluable information as well as resources for further information on this whole topic.
In my latest post on Psychology Today, I highlight some epidemiological data about adolescents and prescription drug abuse and then make the point that although obviously these drugs can be effective when taken as directed, when misused they can destroy lives.
The Boston Globe published an editorial today reporting our work and amplifying our call for better treatment of psychiatric patients. The fact that insurers require prior authorization for (so many) psychiatric services but not for other medical services illustrates the extent to which they prey upon the vulnerabilities of psychiatric patients.
The humanity of a society is judged upon how well it treats the most vulnerable folks in its midst, and as a society we can do so much better in this regard.
Great piece in the magazine HIV Plus about how to address substance abuse issues with loved ones. Very grateful that they chose to interview me for the piece.
Here is a link to the piece: http://www.hivplusmag.com/wellness/2013/03/20/how-help-family-member-deal-addiction