Treating Substance Use Disorder During the Pandemic

A recent article from the JAMA Psychiatry points to unique challenges that mental healthcare treatment providers face when practicing telehealth for alcohol or substance use disorder (AUD/SUD) as a primary diagnosis. Notably, the authors point to the ways in which addiction treatment relies on in-person visits: “Compared with mental health, adoption of telehealth for [AUD/SUD] […]

Rating the Ratings

Ask any business owner or service provider what they think of Yelp and you will likely hear, “It’s complicated,” accompanied by a deep sigh.  While most businesses are happy for the boost in business that comes with a high rating, bad reviews are almost impossible to remove – even if their claims are unfair or […]

Covid-19, Mental Health and Isolation

This blog series is written by New Paradigm Recovery Operations Director Joshua Cagney, who is currently writing his dissertation on the relationship between mental health treatment the effects of COVID-19 on disorder acuity and how mental health treatment center system structure can best address these needs in the long run. In early April of 2020 […]

Addiction is Close to Home in Northern Virginia

At New Paradigm Recovery, we know how important it is to dispel the myths about addiction. Misinformation, stigma, and shame often prevents diagnosis, treatment, and ultimately recovery. Many people believe that addiction is a problem that exists elsewhere– in rural Appalachian communities or in gritty inner-city housing projects. The fact of the matter is that […]

Recovery is Alive in the DC Metro Region

Often when we talk about addiction statistics, we talk about deaths, overdoses, and hospitalizations, sad statistics which tell an important part of the story. At New Paradigm Recovery, however, we know that the story doesn’t always end in tragedy. On the contrary, there are millions who live happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives in recovery.1 2It’s […]

What is Post-Acute-Withdrawal Syndrome?

Post-Acute-Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) is, according to UCLA, “a set of impairments that can persist for weeks or months after the abstaining from a substance of abuse… The condition is marked by symptoms similar to those found in mood disorders and anxiety disorders.” These commonly occurring symptoms affect approximately 90% of recovering opioid users and 75% […]

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. At New Paradigm Recovery in Northern Virginia, we believe in the importance of mental health awareness, education, and treatment so that more people can achieve good mental health, so that stigmas can be erased, and so that efficient policies can be instated to promote good mental health. Our intensive […]