Brain scan

For the past year and a half, we’ve all had our attention on the coronavirus pandemic. And with good reason: it’s taken the lives of far too many of our friends and loved ones, disrupted the lives of almost every citizen in the country, and complicated issues that affect us…


Bacteria

Researchers in addiction science search for the biological and physiological mechanisms that contribute to addiction every day. They perform studies with human subjects, studies on laboratory animals, and studies on the microscopic level in test tubes and petri dishes. They strive to identify the physical mechanisms that may cause addiction…


older couple jogging in park

Last summer, researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver published a study that examined the behavioral and social factors that predict mortality in older adults. The phrase predict mortality may be confusing to many people reading this article: after all, as hard as it is to accept…


iceberg above and below the waterline

I live and work in the northeastern U.S., but I keep an eye on news items from around the country, particularly when they’re related to addiction medicine and my role as the chief medical officer for a national treatment provider. …


emerging from a train tunnel, mountains ahead

When the coronavirus pandemic swept across the U.S. early last year and was recognized by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a public health emergency that demanded an immediate response from all our citizens, most of us responded as our public health officials asked. We hunkered down and sheltered…


couple on couch with their dog

One of the hardest things a person with an alcohol or substance use disorder does in their life involves treatment. For some, the hard part is the decision to seek treatment. For others, the hard part is accepting they have a drug or alcohol problem. …


home healthcare worker with elderly man

By Chris Johnston, MD ABPM-ADM, Chief Medical Officer, Pinnacle Treatment Centers

At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, I noted that we’d need to leverage telehealth to bring essential addiction care to people who, by necessity, need to stay home. I also noted that it would not be a bad…


Pharmacists helping customer with prescription

By Christopher Johnston, MD ABPM-ADM, Chief Medical Officer, Pinnacle Treatment Centers

When the opioid crisis gained national attention in 2016, addiction experts realized that prescription opioids were a primary driver of the epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported dramatic increases in the number of opioid prescriptions between 1999…


woman standing by a river

By Christopher Johnston, MD ABPM-ADM, Chief Medical Officer, Pinnacle Treatment Centers

Over the past century, women have worked tirelessly to level the playing field in our society. From securing the right to vote in the 1920s, to securing the right to apply for and receive credit and credit cards in…


Doctor talking to a patient

By Christopher Johnston, MD ABPM-ADM, Chief Medical Officer, Pinnacle Treatment Centers

One challenge physicians who prescribe opioid medication for pain management face is that it’s hard to predict who will develop an opioid use disorder and who will not. This is of primary concern today because the opioid epidemic persists…

Christopher Johnston, MD, ABPM-ADM

Christopher Johnston, MD, ABPM-ADM, is the Chief Medical Officer for Pinnacle Treatment Centers and has practiced addiction medicine for the past 15 years

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