opioid prescription doctor that faces jail time

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…

man sitting on floor in the dark

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…

men on a ropes course using exercise in addiction recovery

Exercise in Addiction Recovery

Exercise in Addiction Recovery Exercise in addiction recovery is a key component for many reasons, not the least of which is to take a holistic approach to recovery. During the addiction recovery treatment proccess, successful patients will find themselves moving on from Rehadb, IOP and PHP likely into a sober living program. It is during…

homeless man sitting on sidewalk

Is Hitting Rock Bottom Necessary to Seek Addiction Treatment?

Hitting rock bottom before seeking treatment can be dangerous. Not only is rock bottom hard to qualify, but it’s also not absolute. Furthermore, waiting for yourself or a loved one to hit rock bottom could lead to someone actually dying – not a good thing. What Defines Rock Bottom? Rock bottom refers to the idea…

group of construction workers working while in recovery

Working While in Recovery

Working While in Recovery: Can it be done? The short answer is – it depends. Since there are different stages of recovery, let’s focus on which stage of recovery is most conducive to working while in recovery. First, let’s quickly cover the stages of recovery: Rehab/Detox – The first step on the recovery journey is…

common living room at detox center with treatment paid with medicare or medicaid

Paying for Treatment with Medicare or Medicaid

What are Medicare and Medicaid? Depending on the type of addiction treatment program you’ve selected, many of them offer the option to use government funded healthcare programs. Inn fact, one of the most commonly used methods for paying for drug and alcohol rehab  is Medicaid or Medicare, both of which are are federal or state-funded…