The Vicious and Virtuous Cycles of Addictions

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What is the latest in addiction medicine?  What is it like to help homeless people with their addictions?How can acupuncture helps change addictive and compulsive behaviors?  In our continuing exploration of habits and addictions we speak with Dr. Barry Zevin who practices health care for the homeless at Tom Waddell Clinic in San Franicsco, Fred Ohlerking who is a counselor and now practices detox acupuncture at Hennepin Faculty Associates in Minneapolis, and Jay Erker, a former smoking yogini about her experience with tobacco, sweets, and shopping.

chasing pink flamingos
down an ordinary road
up a desert ocean shore
just at the edge
of my focus
the capacity of my clarity
like satisfaction

jaysi, 2008


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Addiction Medicine with the Homeless

Doctor Barry Zevin works as a primary care physician with homeless people. Dr. Zevin’s interests include HIV medicine, hepatitis C, transgender health, healthcare for the homeless. Dr. Zevin is former medical director of Tom Waddell Health Center in San Francisco. He is board certified in Internal medicine and is certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.Read Full
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Acupuncture and Addictions

Mr. Fred Ohlerking is an acupuncturist at Hennepin Faculty Associates Addiction Medicine Program in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has 20 years of experience working as a counselor in the field of addictions. He has worked with clients on a wide range of addictive behaviors, such as sexual compulsivity and dependence on tobacco, cocaine, and opiates.Read Full
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Personal Story

Ms. Jay Erker is an artist and yogini aspirant who lives and works in the Bay Area.Read Full