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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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Opioid Prescription Doctor Faces 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 prescribing opioids, including oxycodone…

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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 is initiated, a buprenorphine/naloxone combination and an…

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Understanding Gateway Drugs: Are They Real?

A gateway drug is a substance believed to promote progression to the use of more harmful substances.  Per the gateway drug definition, softer substances like alcohol, nicotine, and marijuana are believed to open the door to harder substance abuse like with meth, cocaine, and heroin.  Researchers have been exploring the gateway hypothesis since the 1970s.…

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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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What Does The Latest Research Tell Us About Addiction?

The latest developments in addiction treatment It’s no surprise that an enormous amount of time and money continues to flow into research on addiction treatment. With the growing opioid epidemic, the rise in use of fentanyl, everyone understands what’s at stake. While clinical and behavioral studies are important, recovery centers are laser-focused on learning about…

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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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Paying for Treatment with Medicare or Medicaid

What Is Medicare and Medicaid? Depending on the type of addiction treatment you recieve, many addition treatment centers that accept medicare or Medicaid will have offerings for those needing treatment. These are federal or state-funded health insurance programs that help individuals who don’t have health insurance get the coverage they need. Thes programs can help those…

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The Link Between Prescriptions and Opioids

The Link Between Prescriptions and Opioids: What Studies Have Shown The link between prescriptions and opioids is a natural area to explore given that so many people have reported that they believe their addiction started only after a doctor prescribed medication for pain. By no means does that suggest that doctors are to blame and…