George Joseph

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Specialties:

  • Addiction Medicine

Location:

  • Houston, TX

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  • George Joseph - Houston, TX - Addiction Medicine
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    What is denial and how do I recognize it?

    Denial is the inability to believe in the existence or reality of something. In addiction, denying there is a problem is very dangerous, causing the addicted person or others to rationalize, underestimate, and minimize use. The addicted person always feels they have their use in control and isn’t...Read More
  • George Joseph - Houston, TX - Addiction Medicine
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    What is addiction recovery?

    Overcoming an addiction is complex and can be overwhelming at first; however, with professional help and proper support, the recovery process becomes less threatening and more exciting as each day goes by. When addiction enters one’s life, it affects all areas – personal, family, friends, work, etc....Read More
  • George Joseph - Houston, TX - Addiction Medicine
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    Is addiction a disease?

    When asked why he defines addiction as a disease, Dr. Jason Powers, chief medical officer at The Right Step, responds with, “In the science of addiction, we have a sick organ system – the brain. There is also a natural progression in the addiction process that is predictable and reproducible. Like every disease, addiction responds...Read More
  • George Joseph - Houston, TX - Addiction Medicine
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    What is detoxification?

    The most intensive level of addiction care is detoxification, which is usually in an inpatient setting, medically monitored, and can last typically 3 to 5 days. Outpatient detoxification is available, but generally has very specific narrow criteria. This is a physical rehabilitation and must only...Read More
  • George Joseph - Houston, TX - Addiction Medicine
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    What does addiction do to the brain?

    When people alter the brain in such a way that manipulates the biology, they take huge risks. Addiction has the potential to produce cognitive deficits that are irreparable. When the brain is addicted to a substance, the behavioral components become increasingly prominent. Most addicted persons get to...Read More
  • George Joseph - Houston, TX - Addiction Medicine
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    What can I do if I am predisposed to addiction?

    It is hard to determine how the disease of addiction will affect someone or whose life it will consume. However, when you know the factors involved that may predispose someone to this disease, we can begin to make choices that eliminate the risks for addiction. One can choose not to drink in college if their...Read More
  • George Joseph - Houston, TX - Addiction Medicine
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    Who is vulnerable to addiction?

    Vulnerability to this disease varies and is based on differing factors. It can affect one person and pass another. It can take hold of one family member’s life, but make no impact on his brother’s. It can skip generations or show first signs in a family with no history of addiction present. Primary...Read More
  • George Joseph - Houston, TX - Addiction Medicine
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    What does addiction look like when it takes over your life?

    When addiction takes over your life, these are some of the troubles that can occur:

    • Neglect – nothing matters except for when and where you are going to use drugs or alcohol. Planning takes more time, so other responsibilities get dropped and using becomes priority.

    • Increased high-risk behaviors while...Read More
  • George Joseph - Houston, TX - Addiction Medicine
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    What is enabling?

    When you begin to make excuses or minimize the person’s use, it prolongs the problem. This is a way for the addicted person to continue using – getting what they want. In order for the person to realize the hazards of drug and alcohol abuse, negative consequences may have to be a part of that equation....Read More
  • George Joseph - Houston, TX - Addiction Medicine
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    What are the risks associated with adolescents substance abuse?

    The human brain is not fully developed until after 25 years old, making decisions that undeveloped brains make even more vital and consequential. Adolescent brains do not have the fully developed wiring to their frontal lobes as those who are over 25 years old. Subsequently, many impulse related...Read More
  • George Joseph - Houston, TX - Addiction Medicine
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    Why is humility important for someone recovering from addiction?

    Humility is a vital part of recovering from addiction. Here is how Webster defines humility: “The quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people; the quality or state of being humble.”

    Author and historian John Dickson called it, "The noble choice to forgo your status, deploy your resources...Read More
  • George Joseph - Houston, TX - Addiction Medicine
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    Why is forgiveness important to recovering from alcoholism or addiction?

    Who do you forgive and for what? Why is it important for an alcoholic or addict to forgive to stay sober? These are all very important questions that need answers and action for someone to overcome addiction and find recovery.

    Who do you forgive? First and foremost, you forgive yourself. You are the...Read More
  • George Joseph - Houston, TX - Addiction Medicine
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    As a former addict or alcoholic, how can I enjoy staying sober?

    When people think about getting sober, one of their biggest fears is: Can I ever have fun again? Most people think sobriety is boring. Well, the newly sober person needs to adjust his or her perspective. Yes, being sober won’t involve death-defying police chases or risky actions that can really hurt...Read More