Monthly Archives: November 2013

My Response to NYTimes “The Double-Edged Drug” by D. Sontag, 11/18.2013 Part 2

Re NYTimes article “the Double-Edged Drug” by Deborah Sontag 11/18/2013   As a recovering physician addict, I take issue with the second part of the article on Suboxone. Although I have been clean and sober for 14 years, I realize that I might still be under scrutiny by any with whom I interact. I accept the fact that I am guilty until proven innocent and act accordingly.  I also insist on running a clean professional clinic which runs on time …Continue Reading

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Suboxone – Benefits Far Outweigh Problems

When Suboxone is prescribed to patients who agree to a recovery model of treatment as opposed to just swearing off other opioids – it is a medication of extraordinary value. It is not even close to methadone in its downside potential. The NY Times article on 11/15 has as many correct facts as it has misimpressions. When patients are engaged in frequent contact with their Suboxone provider, agree to frequent urine drug screens and have access to counseling as needed- they …Continue Reading

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My Article in Addiction Professional

As a physician, where do I fit in? By Sylvester “Skip” Sviokla, MD, ABAM Shortly before I graduated from medical school, a well-respected physician and world-renowned scientist in medical research summoned our senior class for a discussion of our approaching “doctor” status. He reminded us of the narcissism that could get in our way, especially before we understood exactly what was happening during our transition from student to intern. Then he made a startling request, or so it seemed at …Continue Reading

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