Opioid Crisis Expert and Owner of Accessible Beltway Clinics, Dr. John Rosa Explains That Drugs Change The Brain Making Quitting Very Difficult

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Dr. John P. Rosa, opioid crisis expert and owner of Accessible Beltway Clinics, spreads understanding about the opioid addiction epidemic in hopes of getting more people to care enough to help curtail the growing number of related deaths.

ROCKVILLE, MD. January 7, 2019: Owner of Accessible Beltway Clinics and opioid crises expert, Dr. John Rosa, posted a new article on his website entitled, “Lack Of Understanding About Addiction Leads To Not Caring.” Dr. Rosa is clearly on a mission to help bring understanding to a growing problem.

Dr. Rosa writes, “Many people don’t understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs—or to anything for that matter.” He adds, “Addiction is addiction whether it is perceived as a positive or negative addiction. Most people think those who are addicted to drugs and or alcohol lack moral principles. They think those souls should exercise greater will power and that stopping is just a matter or choosing.”

“If anyone has been addicted to over-eating or consuming chocolate or addicted to work at the expense of their families and friends are engaged in addictive behavior,” states Dr. Rosa, adding. “And all addiction starts in the brain.”

According to Dr. Rosa, “Drugs actually change the brain in ways that makes quitting difficult.” He elaborates further, “Drug addiction is a complex disease and more often than not, quitting – even for those who really want to quit – takes more than good intentions. Once an addiction has taken hold, just saying no is rarely good enough.”

Dr. Rosa says that, “According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, “Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences. The initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, but repeated drug use can lead to brain changes that challenge an addicted person’s self-control and interfere with their ability to resist intense urges to take drugs. These brain changes can be persistent, which is why drug addiction is considered a “relapsing” disease—people in recovery from drug use disorders are at increased risk for returning to drug use even after years of not taking the drug.”

Read the entire article at https://drjohnrosa.com/lack-of-understanding-about-addiction-leads-to-not-caring/

About John P. Rosa

Dr. Rosa is the Owner/manager of 14 health clinics in the Baltimore/Washington DC metro areas concentrating on musculoskeletal injuries of acute, subacute and chronic nature. He oversees the Integrative Medicine practice group which includes general medicine, Chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture and behavioral medicine that sees over 60,000 patient visits per year.

Active in sports medicine with consulting/treating college, professional and Olympic athletes. Creator of 24/7 RnR (Relief and aiding Recovery) an FDA approved analgesic cream. Founder of Accessible Wellness Solutions – an onsite corporate wellness program offering consulting, lectures and clinic management.

Leader in Chiropractic 

Trustee of New York Chiropractic College for over 15 years and serving final 3-year term as Chairman of the Board.

Integrative Medicine Specialist:

  • Board service to Maryland University of Integrative Health
  • Consultant on Integrative Medicine to hospital cancer center
  • Reduced opioid prescriptions by 70% by integrating Chiropractic, physical therapy and behavioral medicine in a primary care setting
  • Expert/Speaker – educating primary care, urgent care and hospital medical staff on the Integrative Medicine approach to treating pain patients

Opioid Crisis Expert:

  • White House Surrogate/Consultant
  • Law Enforcement Consultant (Homeland Security, CBP, DOJ, DEA and Postal)
  • State and National Consultant to Opioid Task Forces
  • Corporate and professional organization consultant
  • Currently forming the Opioid Abuse Prevention Institute

Community Leadership:

  • Board member of the National Italian American Foundation
  • Volunteer at Crossroads Freedom Center – a residential facility in Maryland to help overcome addiction