a group of women getting help for their friend who is an alcoholic woman

Women & Alcohol: Getting Help for an Alcoholic Woman

The relationship between women and alcohol is continuously evolving. While women once exhibited lower rates of alcoholism than men, research shows this pattern is changing. Studies show that both alcohol use and misuse among women are increasing. Now, while the heavy use of alcohol by anyone is concerning, there are gender-specific treatment programs and women’s…

side effects of suboxone

Side Effects of Suboxone

Suboxone is a medication containing buprenorphine combined with naloxone in a single tablet. It is used for medication-assisted treatment for addiction. Buprenorphine has been successfully used to treat heroin addiction and it works by triggering the opiate receptors in your brain to reduce the intensity of cravings and withdrawal. Crucially, the medication achieves this without…

man helping another up a mountain, a metaphor for how Suboxone can help during recovery

Suboxone (Buprenorphine and Naloxone) for MAT

Suboxone is a combination medication that contains both buprenorphine and naloxone in one tablet.  What is buprenorphine, then? Buprenorphine is proven effective in treating heroin addiction. The medication works by triggering your brain’s opioid receptors, but without delivering the euphoria or the potentially dangerous side effects of opioids. In this way, buprenorphine can both reduce…

What Does Medication-Assisted Treatment Involve?

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a term used to describe the delivery of treatment for alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorder using specific and FDA-approved medication. Medication is often used during the detox phase of recovery, but MAT is effective at all levels of care, including outpatient treatment. It’s a common misconception that medication-assisted treatment…