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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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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…

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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…

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The Drug That Could Combat the Heroin Epidemic

The Drug That Could Combat the Heroin Epidemic On the other end of the spectrum of opioid agonist drugs like methadone and buprenorphine are the opioid antagonists, including the drug naloxone. In addition to being able to inhibit the activation of opioid receptors, naloxone acts as a competitive antagonist and is able to actively reverse…

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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…

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What Is MAT?

MAT, or Medication Assisted Treatment and its Role in Recovery. Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies for the treatment of substance use disorders. A combination of medication and behavioral therapies is effective in the treatment of substance use disorders, and can help some people to…