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SubjectDate AskedExpert
Drugs9/6/2016Jacqui
  Q: I have a question about the distinction between drugs and normal healthy ingestable substances. ...
  A: I have no idea why anyone would reject this question, it's a great question. I don't think there is ...
Tobacco Addiction - How to stop?8/17/2016Sherrie Sweet
  Q: Iam Sudha from Coimbatore, India. My husband is a tobacco consumer (brand:pan parag). He wants to ...
  A: I am not aware of the resources available in India for tobacco cessation. It is wonderful that he ...
ex-bf/good friend addicted to pain killers6/4/2016Sherrie Sweet
  Q: I entered into a relationship with this really amazing guy. We were best friends and had this ...
  A: Watching someone you love struggle with addiction is so difficult. If you choose to remain a ...
Dragging temporary girlfriend into Heroin6/2/2016Jacqui
  Q: Ive been dealing with a major drugs issue in my friendship group for a long time. we are all just ...
  A: Hey Eggplant, Thanks for your question and apologies for the delayed response. There are a couple ...
Huffing4/10/2016Jacqui
  Q: In the past two weeks, I've recently relapsed and begun huffing and cutting again. Before this ...
  A: Huffing, or inhaling volatile substances, has quite a lot of risks involved. The chemicals ...
Detox symptoms?11/26/2015Patricia M.
  Q: I am a 56 year old guy, decent health. Two weeks ago I decided to give up my three prescriptions, ...
  A: first I want to apologize for the long wait. I have a teenager who is in a long-term care facility, ...
drug...cocaine9/13/2015Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist
  Q: Is it cocaine or any other type of drugs? It tasteles and it cream white in colour
  A: I do not understand your question. I cannot say from a distance what drug you are talking about. Why ...
Crack relapse8/3/2015Patricia M.
  Q: Can cigarette smoke trigger a relapse in a crack addict. If so how does this mechanism work?
  A: Everett, I answered your question a few days ago, then it disappeared into "cyberspace". I suppose ...
Quitting Fentanyl7/27/2015Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist
  Q: I'm John and 67 yr. old. I've been on Fentanyl 100 at 1 pr. 48 Hr. for 10 Yr. The Patch doesn't ...
  A: There are several ways of withdrawing from drugs. But the first thing is to understand why you are ...
Oxycodone abuse by mother? Help.6/25/2015Sherrie Sweet
  Q: I'm 14, by the way. A while back my mother broke her back. She was prescribed a narcotic called ...
  A: Isabelle, Your mom needs help, you are correct, but you are not the person to do it. AS you said, ...
Withdrawal heart5/3/2015Sherrie Sweet
  Q: I am 23 and have been taking opiates for several years. I've tried to quit before but always ...
  A: Congratulations Conrad, It sounds like you are on the right track to recovery. Staying abstinent ...
excessive meth use4/27/2015Charles I.
  Q: How long does it normally take to become addicted if user is injecting. With that consider that the ...
  A: Well, there isn't a straight forward answer to this question. When it comes to methamphetamine I ...
Son with Addiction?4/23/2015Sherrie Sweet
  Q: I have a 17 year old son that started smoking pot when he was 14. After being caught he quit for 2.5 ...
  A: You are on the right track with seeking help and treatment for your son. Starting anti-depressants ...
Staging an intervention3/21/2015Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist
  Q: I'm F/26. My Dad is 53. He has been an addict to *something* since a teenager. His worst addiction ...
  A: This is not a good situation. He really needs to be stopped selling his pills, which by the way is a ...
please daignose my problem3/14/2015Jacqui
  Q: please help, i am stuck from past five years, trying to quit cold turkey weed and cigarettes…please ...
  A: I would never laugh at someone on this site. People ask questions because they need help. ...
Heroin addiction recovery2/9/2015Sherrie Sweet
  Q: My daughter says she is on Suboxone and trying to get well but she has an active skin lesion. She ...
  A: scars from injection sites can take quite some time to heal. One month is reasonable for someone to ...
nose one side going in1/19/2015Jacqui
  Q: And I get pains in same side of head.will it recover my nose and grow back in side the nose thanks
  A: I am guessing this is related to cocaine use although I can't be sure as it isn't clear i your ...
Post-Marijuana problems11/29/2014Patricia M.
  Q: I have a strange question and I'm not sure you're going to be able to answer it. Earlier this ...
  A: Ally, I realize you are still awaiting an answer from me, and I do want to help you. I hardly ever ...
please advice11/25/2014Patricia M.
  Q: My name is simona. I am 27 years old. I have been suffering from social anxiety disorder (social ...
  A: Simona, I agree with you, that this is too fast a taper. I also did some research, and I am sending ...
Meth use while pregnant11/14/2014Sherrie Sweet
  Q: I've got a really good friend I'm concerned with, she's been using methamphetamines and she's ...
  A: It is dangerous for your friend to stop on her on, as both she and the baby are dependent on the ...
What to Expect from Quitting Ativan Cold Turkey?11/4/2014Patricia M.
  Q: My friend is currently on Zoloft (not sure of the amount, but I can find out if relevant) and .5mg ...
  A: Jess, That's the reason I do this volunteer work; I get tired of seeing patients ignored by doctors. ...
Ativan Withdrawal- What to Expect?11/4/2014Sherrie Sweet
  Q: My friend is currently on Zoloft (not sure of the amount, but I can find out if relevant) and .5mg ...
  A: If she has any Ativan left, she should try to stretch it out as much as possible, to lessen ...
Ativan Withdrawal11/4/2014Peter L.
  Q: My friend is currently on Zoloft (not sure of the amount, but I can find out if relevant) and .5mg ...
  A: This is a medical question that I'm not qualified to answer. Benzodiazepan withdrawal can be ...
substance abuse and loss of a family member help10/26/2014Jacqui
  Q: family member death and abuse of meth after effects.. pwhat do i do? Father passed away and lead me ...
  A: I am so pleased you reached out and contacted someone, but I feel a bit helpless as I am in ...
Drug Testing10/5/2014Jacqui
  Q: Recently, I have had a routine drug test for work. I have been taking Tapentadol for about a month ...
  A: Tapentadol isn't a drug that I have heard much about so I did a bit of research to find out more ...
My daughter is a heroin addict/ homeless by choice since 2/20149/27/2014Peter L.
  Q: My daughter was the most perfect kid on earth!! She graduated high school 2013. She struggled her ...
  A: Sounds like a very difficult situation you are facing with your daughter, and the story you tell is ...
Petrcocet question9/21/2014Peter L.
  Q: I have an ongoing lower back problem. Its not a disk issue, but seems more like strain or tendons ...
  A: Well, yours is a very important question, but I don't think anyone knows for sure. I appreciate ...
Petrcocet questio9/21/2014Patricia M.
  Q: I have an ongoing lower back problem. Its not a disk issue, but seems more like strain or tendons ...
  A: Craig, It is definitely different for each person, but if you only take one tablet per day for work, ...
Question on percocet9/21/2014Sherrie Sweet
  Q: I have an ongoing lower back problem. Its not a disk issue, but seems more like strain or tendons ...
  A: Great question Craig! You are not being paranoid at all, you have every reason to be concerned. ...
Not sure if daughter is really withdrawing from heroin8/25/2014Sherrie Sweet
  Q: My daughter is supposedly withdrawing from a 2 1/2year heroin addiction. (10months shooting up). ...
  A: Sorry it took so long for me to respond. I did not receive the initial notification email. It does ...
two ssri together7/2/2014Patricia M.
  Q: My name is Simona. I stay in India. Please clarify a doubt of mine. I am suffering from social ...
  A: Simona, It would probably be fine, since they are both SSRIs, however, I have known younger ...
Pain killer abuse6/25/2014Peter L.
  Q: My mom is 51 and has been eating lorcets and xanax since 2001. She has bipolar disorder. I was ...
  A: I apologize for the late response to your question. I was away on vacation and forgot to hit the ...
effects of addiction6/16/2014Peter L.
  Q: Is it true that an addicts mind remains the same from the age they started using until they quit? Do ...
  A: No, I don't believe an addicts mind remains the same. There are a lot more factors bearing on ...
Is he using?6/11/2014Sherrie Sweet
  Q: My boyfriend of 1 year is a cocaine and heroin user in recovery. Last week, i found some red pills ...
  A: No you are not stupid for thinking he is on a slippery slope. Anyone taking a "medication" being ...
opiate withdrawl5/15/2014Sherrie Sweet
  Q: I have a medical issue that I've started to notice after quitting opiates 3 months ago. I was ...
  A: Congrats for quitting opiates! That is not an easy feat...you have a lot to be proud of!. Being off ...
addiction4/29/2014Sherrie Sweet
  Q: My granddaughter is 21 years old has a daughter 3 and half years old she is paid child support but ...
  A: It is so hard to watch people that you love suffer from addiction. It is a disease which effects ...
urine test4/22/2014Patricia M.
  Q: When they send a urine to the lab what is it that they check for? Can they detect the temperature ...
  A: They usually check for a person's drug of choice, or if it is a random screen they have a variety of ...
Regarding the overdose of Ivermectin Tablet 10 mg4/2/2014Jacqui
  Q: Can you please let me know the worst effect of Ivermectin Tablets 10 mg , If I have taken 6 tablets ...
  A: I am not a doctor and if you need medical help I suggest you see someone in person not online. I am ...
is it ok to breathe ink through mouth3/31/2014Patricia M.
  Q: is breathing in ink ok My amazing friend was sitting next to me today at school..... he showed me ...
  A: I don't know if it is addictive, but it could be very dangerous, even deadly to your heart, liver, ...
Reforming a Chronic User3/12/2014Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist
  Q: I'm hoping you'll be able to give me some insight for my situation. First of all, I am not the drug ...
  A: I thought I had answered this question before, but apparently you did not receive the answer. If ...

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I am qualified to answer questions in all areas of addiction and recovery. If you have a question that I can not answer, I am not afraid to tell you that I do not know, however, I am willing to help you find the answer. I am qualified to assist you with questions asked by the individual who is using drugs or alcohol, as well as questions from concerned friends and family members. I understand the stigmas of this disease and the difficult issues that arise from substance use. I am here to offer guidance and support.

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I have worked in the field of substance abuse for 20 years. I have experience working in the areas of inpatient detoxification, outpatient counseling, halfway houses, self help groups, individual, marital and family counseling, drunken driving education, pregnant and parenting programs, and medication assisted treatment. Additionally, I have a strong background in medical issues, psychopharmacology and mental health issues. I believe in individualized treatment which meets the specific needs of each person suffering from the disease of addiction.

Education/Credentials
I currently hold a Masters Degree in Human Services/Psychology. I am also continuing with a PhD in Counseling Psychology. I am internationally certified as an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, and licensed as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I am additionally pursuing the credential of a Substance Abuse Professional which will allow me to work with and evaluate individuals who are employed within the D.O.T. system. Lastly, I am a partner in private practice working with individuals who are seeking recovery from addictive disorders.

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I have extensive experience working with individuals from all walks of life. I have worked with professionals, community leaders, NFL players, police officers, lawyers, nurses, homeless individuals, the indigent, doctors, and attorneys.

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