Dear Patient,

I wanted to take a moment of your valuable time to introduce myself and my addiction treatment practice:

Jack Friedman, M.D., DABA, FASAM Please refer to my resume. As the nation’s number one health issue, there are more deaths, illnesses and disabilities from substance dependance than from any other preventable condition. The American Medical Association has classified alcoholism and drug dependance as medical diseases, but there is still popular misconception that those conditions reflect moral or behavioral shortcomings. Scientific research has shown that chronic substance dependance changes the chemistry of the brain in ways that may play an important role in physical symptoms of the disease, which include cravings, tolerance, withdrawal symptoms and relapse.

Medical treatments that target the physiological aspects of substance are now available (1) Studies have shown striking biological difference between substance dependant and non-substance dependent and brain chemistries. These developments have led to new medical treatment designed to treat the changes in the brain that cause cravings and anxiety associated with withdrawal and abstinence. Combined treatment, which includes, pharmacotherpy, psycho-social and behavioral therapy has been confirmed as the most effective treatment: Thus the clinic additionally offers Alcoholic, Tranquilizers, Opiates, Hallucegenics, Tobacco, Stimulants, Marijuana Treatment Protocol and Suboxone.

Substance Abuse Facts for the Business Community
• 73% of illicit drug users are employed. (2)
• Alcohol and drug abusers use 3 times as many sick days as nonusers. (3)
• Alcohol and drug users are 5 times more likely to file worker’s compensation claims. (4)
• Substance abusers are absent from work 3 weeks more per year than average workers. (5)
• Substance abusers use 2 1/2 times more medical benefit than other workers. (5)
• Up to 40% of industrial fatalities can be linked to alcohol consumption and alcoholism. (4)
• Substance abusers are fired from their jobs about 50% more often than other workers. (6)
• The economic burden of the disease (e.g.., healthcare costs, lost productivity, etc.) is estimated at
over $345 billion annually. (7)
Please contact our office for further specifics and treatment options and guidelines.

Jack Friedman, M.D.
1. Substance Abuse The Nation’s Number One Health Problem, Institute for Health Policy, Brandies
University, 2001.
2. New York State Office of Substance Abuse Services
3. NCAIDI Fact Sheet: Alcohol and Other Drugs in the Workplace, National Council on Alcoholism and
Dependence, Inc.
4.NCADD Fact Sheet
5. Sheridan, J. Winkler, H.“An Analysis of the Work Related Behaviors of Substance Abusers,” Paper
presented at NIDA Conference: Drug in the Workplace Research and Evaluation Data
6. Normand,J, et al “An Evaluation of Pre-Employment Drug Testing, “Journal of Applied Psychology”
7. Miller, TR.;Calen, M.A; Wiersema, B. Victim Costs and Consequences: A New Look,Washington
National Institute of Justice, February 1996