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Methadone vs Suboxone vs Vivitrol: Which is Right for You?

Generally speaking, there are currently three types of medications that are U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved to combat opioid addiction: Methadone, Suboxone and Vivitrol. These medications come in different forms: pills, dissolvable films and liquids. Studies have shown that these medications when used in conjunction with addiction recovery treatment can raise the one-year sobriety…

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Six Ways to be Supportive of a Significant Other Who is in Recovery

To support an addict in recovery means that friends, loved ones and family members must come together and develop a plan. Most important to the success is the attitude and support of an addict’s spouse or significant other. The recovery can be a long process and it takes a toll on those who are patiently…

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How to Say Goodbye to Toxic Friends While in Recovery

The challenges of maintaining sobriety are hard enough without the burden of a toxic friends. Anything that reminds you of your past is a potential relapse trigger. Having toxic friends in your circle exposes you to powerful of relapse triggers. Recovery is a huge challenge and being around people who, for lack of a better…

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Opiates vs Opioids: Is There a Difference?

Although subtle, there are distinct differences between opioids and opiates. An opiate is a drug that is naturally derived from a flowering opium poppy plant. Some examples of opiates include morphine, heroin and codeine. So what is an opioid drug? The term opioid is a broader description to include opiates and generally refers to any…

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How to Stage an Intervention That Works

Tips on How to Stage an Intervention Drug interventions can be powerful tools to help someone realize that action is needed to break the cycle of addiction. To pull it off effectively requires careful planning and participation from those closest to the addict. With careful preparation and a stringent set of consequences in place, the…

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The Benefits of Family Drug Counseling

When a person suffers from substance abuse and addiction, the actions of the addict place immense strain on personal relationships. Eventually, it starts to take a serious toll not only on the addict, but on family members, too.  While relationship and communication problems within a family are sometimes the root of addiction, eventually, the addict…

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Can You Get Addicted to Methadone?

Methadone is a drug that is commonly given to people who are receiving treatment for heroin addiction. This process is controversial, as some claim that those who are prescribing methadone are simply swapping one addiction for another. But is methadone addictive? Chemically, methadone is very similar to morphine, a drug which is itself extremely addictive…

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Understanding Addiction: The Nature vs. Nurture Debate

For decades, scientists have studied the link between genetics and addiction. They were searching for a simple answer to one question:  Is addiction genetic or not? This is often referred to as the “nurture vs nature” debate. The question seems simple, but the answers they found were anything but simple.  Some of this ambiguity stems…