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Jamie Smolen MD

Recovery Corner

For the first time in a while, pundits and politicians were talking about the drug that kills more people than any other each year in the U.S. I’m talking about alcohol, which upstaged opioid abuse in news coverage recently, but only after Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson withdrew…

Recovery Corner with Jamie Smolen, MD

Holiday gratitude in recovery Gratitude has been a time-honored tradition for us human beings. Since people first realized the importance and value of the life-sustaining elements, there has been an appreciation of them, an endearment that has given them the proper place in the history of the human race.

Recovery Corner with Jamie Smolen, MD

Addiction in the brain Addiction exists in the human brain. Specialized neurological pathways in the brain, called circuits, are designed for the experience of pleasure. These circuits tie together parts of the brain where the “feel good” neurotransmitter, dopamine, is produced and stored before it’s released. When dopamine enters…

Recovery Corner with Jamie Smolen, MD

Unfortunately, we hear tragic stories of celebrities dying from suicide or drug overdose too often. Some of us have even experienced the suicides of a friend or a loved one. In light of Robin Williams’ untimely passing recently, we are reminded that suicide is a brutally real consequence of…

Partial Hospitalization Program

The partial hospitalization program with housing, or PHP, may be the ideal course to take once an individual has successfully completed drug or alcohol detox. For those who do not need a drug or alcohol detox, the PHP may be the first line of treatment for addiction.


At UF Health, our evaluation team has provided comprehensive multi-day evaluations for people from all over the United States. Call 352.265.5549 to schedule. When you refer your patient, our team of experts will determine if a comprehensive multi-day evaluation is appropriate. An independent medical examination, or an…