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Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

Treatment of Substance Use Disorders In a recent edition of the American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV), substance use disorders (SUDs) were divided into two distinct categories–substance abuse and substance dependence. An individual could receive a current diagnosis of either abuse or dependence (not both) for a single drug class. A current SUD…

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Five Things You Need to Know About Methadone and Methadone Clinics

The research and statistics are irrefutable: methadone treatment is successful at improving almost every quality of life measurement for patients and creates safer, healthier conditions for families and communities. It is one of the many treatment options for those suffering from addiction. Methadone remains controversial though, with no shortage of myths, misinformation, and outright lies…

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Opioid Prescription Doctor Faces Jail

Opioid Doctors Face Jail A Virginia doctor was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Wednesday October 2, 2019, for prescribing a half-million doses of opioids to patients over two years, prosecutors said. Dr. Joel Smithers, 36, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Abingdon. He was found guilty in May of more than 800 counts of illegally…

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Opioid Lawsuit Settlements

Landmark $270 Million Opioid Lawsuit Settlement Opens Door for Dozens of Pending Cases Purdue Pharma recently agreed to pay Oklahoma $270 million rather than face trial on charges of misleading marketing practices and misrepresentation regarding Oxycontin, according to company and state press releases. Court battles are far from over for the pharmaceutical company, which still…

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Is Methadone a Good Alternative?

Is Methadone a Good Alternative? Medication Assisted Treatment programs use a few alternatives to dangerous opioids. Medications, including buprenorphine (Suboxone®, Subutex®), methadone, and extended release naltrexone (Vivitrol®), are effective for the treatment of opioid use disorders. Buprenorphine and methadone are “essential medicines” according to the World Health Organization. A NIDA study shows that once treatment…

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Job Opportunities After Rehab

Job Opportunities After Rehab: What Are Your Options? A 2012 study found that getting a job after rehab is leads to lower rates of relapse and a higher percentage of positive treatment outcomes. At TDRC, a high percentage of our residents are employed and many go back to school. In both cases, they dramatically improved…

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Aftercare for Addiction Treatment

Aftercare for Addiction Treatment Aftercare refers to continued treatment AFTER Rehab. Rehab is for detox, aftercare is for long term sobriety. Any recovering addict must do both if they hope to have any chance at success for long term sobriety. The stark reality is that 30-90 days in Rehab is not going to do much…