Julia M Aharonov, DO  
Female, 51
Southfield, MI

Specialties: Addiction, Drug abuse and dependence

Interests: My family

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In Memory of Amy Winehouse

Aug 02, 2011 - 4 comments





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I cannot stop thinking about the tragic and untimely death of Amy Winehouse. Here was a young, beautiful, immensely talented woman, haunted by the demon of addiction.  This demon does not come from the outside; it is not sent to you by the evil in the world.  It comes from within.  I am not saying that drugs were not brought to Amy by ‘friends’ or dealers.  We have to invite that demon of addiction in; we have to open ourselves to it; invite it as a welcomed guest and allow it to stay.  That is something we do ourselves.  Something in us: be it anxiety, depression, loneliness, yearning for the unattainable something, or lack of meaning in our lives, creates some void in us that the drugs fill and we let them.
Amy seemingly had everything: loving parents, talent, money, and wonderful music she wrote herself.  Yet she felt a need to fill a void in herself with booze and drugs.  Everyone could see it, and everyone did see it.  Everyone tried to help, her parents were desperate, and she was desperate.  However, they were most likely desperate for different things.


As a parent I know what her parents were desperate for, what all parents are always desperate for: their child’s happiness.  Not happiness derived from drugs or alcohol, or popular adulation, but the happiness that comes from inside, from the child’s personal completeness, achievement, fulfillment and accomplishments.  
As a woman, I can only read and imagine what Amy wanted, but she often talked about having a child. I can bet no matter what she showed the world, she craved a family of her own, a healthy child to call her “mama” and love her unconditionally, to nurture that child through a meaningful and wonderful life.  It may sound tacky in this brave new world, but that is what we all want.

‘27’ Club

Dying at 27 because we have abused our bodies with cigarettes, alcohol and drugs is not what our parents dream for us as they swing us in the bassinette as mere babes.  No one says: “I want to grow up and become a big star and then smoke, drink and use heroin and cocaine until I die at 27.”  Yet they do just that.  Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and now Amy Winehouse, were all dead at 27, among others, not members of “the 27 club”.  How many more will die?
Young people die of overdose every day.  We just don’t hear about it. Not everyone is famous. Most just get mourned and cried over by their families, if they are lucky.  Some don’t even get that.  They have spent all their good will and all their love away on other important things in their lives.  The drugs became their mother and their father, the cigs became their sibs, and the bottle became their lover.  And then, there is no one to bury them, because that which they have loved and cherished most has been the instrument of their demise.

Giving and Taking

Life is not given to us in order to sink ourselves into the quagmire of fog of drugs and alcohol and smoke of nicotine and hashish.  We are not here to numb ourselves into oblivion. We are here to live, to experience life to the fullest, to love and to give, to teach and to learn.   We feel most fulfilled when we are giving, not taking and when what we give is appreciated and needed.  Think of a mother nursing a baby, a professor lecturing a class, a singer performing to an audience, a physician treating a patient.
When we are children we are used to taking, not giving.  Part of maturation into adulthood is acquiring the ability and the skills making you capable to give to others.  That giving can consist of the combination of physical, monetary, emotional, intellectual, or spiritual, depending on the relationship between the giver and the recipient.


Amy Winehouse was known to be a very giving person.  She once gave $6,000 for a relative stranger to have a necessary surgery.  She wanted to give; it gave her pleasure and fulfillment.  But monetary giving is only partially satisfactory.  We all know people that seem to have everything, and yet are not ever satisfied. The proverbs say that “rich is that person who is happy with his lot”.  How many of us are?  We have to be fulfilled not only financially, because we all know that money cannot buy happiness, but emotionally, physically and spiritually as well.  
If all of these are not satisfied, we are not complete and we turn to something on the outside to satisfy “the itch”.  It may be the $100,000 car when we turn 50 and bold.  It may be plastic surgery or expensive jewelry. It may be meaningless sports that keep us preoccupied while we may let our marriages disintegrate and our children slip away. It may be complete dedication to work at the expense of the family.  Or to some, it can be alcohol and drugs, which will rob us of our freedom of choice and ability to see good from evil.

Good and Evil

Everything around us can be used for good or for evil.  The kitchen knife you just used to cut up a cucumber can be used to kill a man.  Internet can be used for good, just like it can be used for insidious things.  Sex can be beautiful and meaningful way to share emotions with a person you love, or it can be used to cause brutal violence.  Food can be used for nourishment and sustenance, or lead to gluttony, obesity and disease.
Drugs should be used to cure disease or alleviate pain and suffering.  That is their intended purpose and when used in such a manner, drugs are good.  Each of us will have to decide for ourselves whether we are doing good or evil.  Most of us know. We are just not ready to look in the mirror and admit it. But before we give up our habits, be it drugs, cigarettes, booze, gambling, etc. we need to know what we are going to fill the void with.

Purposeful Giving

You need to fill that void with purposeful giving.  Giving that consists of the combination of emotional, physical and spiritual.  Find a group where you can be helpful: feed the elderly, help the homeless; join a church, a synagogue, and religious group. Volunteer your time at a children’s hospital, fire department, or library. Read to the blind, visit the home-bound.  There are always people who are worse off than you are.  
Start taking college courses that you never thought were interesting before.  You might meet new people who are not into drugs or whatever habit you are trying to shake.  Start giving more and taking less and you may just find yourself happier and healthier for it.

Making a Difference

Do I think we could have made a difference in Amy Winehouse’s life or in the life of any other drug addict? Yes, I know that we can, but only if they do their part. It must be a concerted effort, a complete commitment on the person’s part which we will nourish and support, but we cannot make or keep that commitment for them.  We can get them clean with our process of rapid detox under anesthesia and we can help them stay clean with the help of naltrexone implant, but recovery is a process that consists of those parts discussed above: physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual.  All have to be tended to, all have to be addressed. Please let us know if we can help, call us, write to us, we are here to help. Don’t let your life fade ”back to black”….


Post Drug Detox Naltrexone Therapy

Jul 28, 2011 - 0 comments



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Naltrexone opiate blocker treatment after opiate detox treatment is an essential component in achieving a better success rate for a drug free life style.

Naltrexone is an opiate blocker that helps to reduce cravings tremendously. At MDS drug detox center we administer Naltrexone as a pellet underneath the skin. It acts as an insurance policy to prevent opiates from getting back into the brain receptors. The procedure is a minor operative surgery. The Pellet ensures opiate blockage for a good two months. The pellet stays underneath the skin and the patient would not have to be concerned for the period of the two months. We recommend more than one Naltrexone pellet treatment. I say that because the patient’s mental thought process will take a few weeks or months to change to the new life style. The pellet is less expensive than the injectable form of Naltrexone.

Another form of Naltrexone post detox maintenance is an intramuscular injection of Vivitrol. The injection is one shot for one month. It ensures protection from opiates for one month only. One intramuscular shot is expensive as it costs approximately $1200.00 per month. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, we adopt the Naltrexone implant placement because it ensures opiate blockage for two months at a less expensive price.

The last method of Naltrexone intake is the oral route. It is simple, but we prescribe it in rare situations. It is so easy to forget to take the pills by the post detox patient. That would make the patient so vulnerable as the mental thought process has not had enough long time to make the necessary adaptation for a drug free life style.

In conclusion, at www.mdsdrugdetox.com we prefer the Naltrexone pellet placement over the other routes of administration for a better opiate blockage and to maintaining a drug free life style.

True Cost of Drug Detox or Economics of Healthcare

Jul 14, 2011 - 1 comments

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Cost of rapid drug detox

Many of my patients have valid reasons as to why they cannot afford their medications, with hard economic times, and often hungry families, who can blame them? But on the flip-side, many patients are just trying to use monetary issues as an excuse (either consciously or subconsciously) to continue leading an unhealthy lifestyle blamable on countless other people.
What makes me sad is, as an outsider, I can tell them where to find money for their $4 generic blood pressure prescription. Maybe instead of spending money on smokes, dish out the money for something that is good for you.  It is difficult to look at that man complaining about a bill so small when he has just told me that he smokes two packs a day.
So often people spend money on unhealthy and useless habits, while snubbing their noses at healthy activities. It’s just natural, think about it. How many people pay for cable versus the number of people spending money on a gym membership?
When it comes to narcotic addiction, though, it becomes even sadder. So many complain that they feel lost and do not know where to get money to get help and go to a clinic. I have had a patient confess to a $6,000 a week Dilaudid habit, yet balk at the $8,000 total detox one time price that would get her free of drugs. The mental addiction to opiates can block what logic is needed to see that they will have more than enough funds and such an improvement in their quality of life!
If you feel lost, alone, helpless, and feel that you cannot see yourself paying a few thousand for your physical and mental health, look at your monthly opioid bill. Check out how much you spend yearly, and crunch some numbers, it may be easier for you to see the calculator tell you the truth. Just allow yourself to be free mentally of your drug, and through that strength, get yourself the help you need. Everyone has a chance at getting help, get yourself to an NA meeting, find your options, and do what you know deep down you should. You have the strength to avoid that voice inside telling you that it’s the doctor’s fault, your mother’s fault, the drug dealers fault; stop using it as an excuse from getting help. All you need to do is face the truth - you can do it!

Opiate Detox - what are the options?

Jun 05, 2011 - 10 comments

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Living with opioid addiction is hell.  It can feel like a tunnel without an end, a life without free choice.  Withdrawal can seem an insurmountable torture that no one should have to go through.  We are here to help.  You have to make a commitment, a choice. Only you can do it. But we are here to support you in that choice once it is made.
Withdrawal from narcotic addiction resembles severe and very prolonged case of flu.  I don't mean a cold; I mean the kind of flu that killed millions of people in a pandemic of 1918.  The symptoms include malaise, confusion, diarrhea and vomiting, fever, body aches and muscle cramping, severe anxiety, mood swings and irritability, rapid heart rate and breathing, sweating, runny nose, shivering and tremors, anorexia and weight loss. Shall I go on?  Whereas the flu lasts 7-10 days, this can continue for as long as 4 to 6 weeks.   Unfortunately some people cannot tolerate it and go back to the narcotic use.  
So what are the options?  Long term detox programs are very costly, but sometimes are partially covered by insurance.  They use some medications to make withdrawal more tolerable, but not by much.  They also utilize a lot of group therapy which may be very helpful.  However this is an environment that is a temporary and a foreign one to the addict and cannot be sustained once he/she leaves.
Suboxone is another valid option. It is an opioid agonist/antagonist medication that is widely advertised and widely used by many physicians as a detox option. Substituting narcotics for Suboxone and then slowly tapering it off allows the body to adjust slowly and not to have to go through the agony of withdrawals.  The problem with Suboxone that we see in our clinic is that a subset of patients gets addicted to Suboxone as well and then we have to detox them off of it.  So you can often end up substituting one addiction for another.
Another option is the type of detox we do in our clinic called rapid detox, for more info you can just click on my name and look at the clinic website.  If it is something you think we can help you with, feel free to call and we will answer your questions. Rapid detox under anesthesia can get you through the worst of withdrawal with only limited amount of symptoms that we can help manage.  Naltrexone implant will take over from there and take the daily decision making out of your hands. Knowing that narcotics will have no effect on you, if you do slip up, will help the psychological cravings as well.
Money is always an issue as it is for many people now, but there are priorities in life.  When we decide what is important and what is not, what we truly need and what we only want, our life really takes shape.  If you cannot function and hold a job, cannot keep your family together because of your dependency on drugs, then your priority becomes getting off of the drugs.  Withdrawal is hard and it takes commitment, physical, monetary and psychological.  
In our clinic we can get you through the physical part, but the psychological part is something that has to be done throughout your life, week after week, month after month, year after year. During the detox process, as I mentioned before, we place a Naltrexone pellet that helps curb the physical craving for about two months, but that is not enough.  The work has to continue though individual therapy, NA group meetings, anything that works to keep your mind off the drugs.  You may need to change your friends, change your phone numbers, move to another city, change your life style, or find G-d.  Do anything that will give meaning to your life.  Something started you on the road to taking drugs: emotional pain, depression, anxiety, loss, failure.  It must to be dealt with if you are to be successful in staying clean for life.