Baltimore, MD (PressExposure) March 21, 2012 -- The Kolmac Clinic (www.kolmac.com), a prominent substance abuse treatment center serving the Washington, D.C. metro area, announces a question and answer session with medical director Dr. George Kolodner.
A leading expert on substance abuse and addiction, Dr. George Kolodner of the Kolmac Clinic discusses signs of addiction, denial and the impact of substance abuse in celebrity deaths.
The Kolmac Clinic is an out-patient rehabilitation facility, where patients may stay all day but not overnight and is currently serving more than 2,200 patients a year. Dr. Kolodner states the Kolmac Clinic is utilizing three major levels of treatment; outpatient detoxification, outpatient rehab where patients come for three hours a day, five days a week, and follow-up care, usually one time a week for two hours.
In an in-depth interview recently published in the Washingtonian, (http://www.washingtonian.com/blogarticles/people/capitalcomment/22873.html) Dr. Kolodner explains that the term denial is better described as ambivalence. "It means they (the addict) really want to stop using, but at the same time they really want to keep using. " The Kolmac Clinic is experienced with this style of behavior and its' conflict with recovery.
Dr. Kolodner shares that alcohol is a primary addiction treated in their six Washington area clinics, with increases in prescription opiods, such as hydrocodone, olycontin, methadone, oxycodone and heroin. He states that cocaine rehabilitation needs have decreased.
Many Kolmac Clinic patients are between 18-25 years of age, reflecting the national average for substance abuse. The primary treatment patients are working addicts, referring to the part of the population that is employed successfully in a workplace. Often patients come to the clinic because of external pressure to make a positive change in their lifestyle by a spouse or an employer.
Dr. Kolodner recommends that when a person attempts to stop or moderate a substance use and has failed repeatedly, they should consider help from the outside. Most people either stop on their own or they go to a support group. For many people, that gives them the success they need. Some people are reluctant to go or those options are not enough and a rehabilitation clinic is the best choice for addiction recovery.