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  • Methadone and Suboxone: What’s the Difference Anyway?

    An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. are addicted to prescription opioid drugs. Although there is no magical drug to treat opiate addiction, as part of a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) approach, there are a handful of treatment ...

    ... of this, it's important that you take these drugs exactly as they are prescribed. So, if both methadone and Suboxone are both opioids used to manage opioid dependence, what's the actual difference between the two? Which ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, ...

    ... deaths has actually increased. Non-Medical Abuse vs Prescription Abuse Between 2003 and 2013, the proportion ... requires medication, like the opioid substitutes Methadone or Suboxone. Due to problems related to stigma ... continue reading
  • Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts?

    A new study out of McMaster University in Canada has found that common treatments for opioid addiction reduce the level of testosterone in men, but not in women. The research project, published in the journal Scientific Reports , collected data from ...

    ... this month from the British Columbia medical health office showed that the rate of death for those using Suboxone and methadone as part of opioid substitution treatment is about half of what it is for those using street ... continue reading
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  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have spiraled so far out of control that opiate addiction is now considered an epidemic. Despite leaving a ...

    ... community. Let's take a look at both sides of this argument. The Pro-Suboxone Movement Suboxone has a much lower risk of overdose than methadone . And once you take a dose, the effects last for about three days, greatly ... continue reading
  • Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

    Suboxone is a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement for methadone and can be prescribed in the comfort of a doctor's office, whereas methadone can only be ...

    ... of a doctor's office, whereas methadone can only be provided at a limited number of specialized addiction centers. Jumping Through Suboxone Hoops Despite its benefits, Suboxone remains largely underused a decade after ... continue reading
  • Should We Offer Suboxone in Jails and Prisons?

    Of the hundreds of thousands of people entering our country's jails and prisons each year, an estimated 15 percent are addicted to opiates, according to a 2009 study . Yet, a majority of these facilities don't provide a single medication or a moment ...

    ... making buprenorphine available in correctional systems, citing funding and logistics concerns. For instance, methadone costs 40 cents a dose, while Suboxone costs $3 for the same amount. Yet, the cost shouldn't matter as ... continue reading
  • How to Get Off Suboxone: 3 Steps to Take When Quitting

    Approved by the FDA in 2002, buprenorphine - brand name Suboxone and Zubsolv - is now the “go-to” drug for medication-assisted treatment with opiate addiction. Unlike methadone treatment, it can be prescribed by physicians in the comfort of ...

    ... effects are weaker than the effects of a full opioid like heroin or methadone. The effects only increase to a certain extent. At moderate doses, Suboxone effects level off. If you continue to take more, it doesn't create ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a ...

    ... . Only with the correct mindset, coupled with the determination to get and stay clean, is this form of treatment effective. Additional Reading: Methadone and Suboxone - What's the Difference Anyway? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

    Buprenorphine, the generic name for Suboxone, is a medication used to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a person's recovery plan, mainly due to its accessibility. Users can attain it ...

    ... a medication-assisted treatment program multiple times per month, like methadone requires. Although it does have the potential to be abused, Suboxone is considered safe by most clinicians when used as prescribed. However ... continue reading
  • The Other Side of Suboxone

    It's become a commonly prescribed medical treatment for opioid addiction . In some cases, doctors prescribe Suboxone with the intention of stabilize those struggling with continued, compulsive abuse of illicit or prescription opioids to then, one ...

    ... to the same brain opioid receptors but doesn't produce the same high. Suboxone is unique from other treatment drugs such as methadone (and buprenorphine monotherapy) in that it is formulated in combination with naloxone ... continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

    In 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription pain medication. During that same time, as many as one in four people who received opioids for treatment of long-term pain in primary care settings struggled with an opioid ...

    ... from using and any pain relief. Due to these reasons, Suboxone has a substantially lower abuse potential than other MAT medications, such as methadone . Suboxone Doesn't Work The opiate withdrawal process can be painful ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

    For centuries, people have debated one age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? While both sides of this argument have their valid points, the question itself has evolved, making its way into other areas of society, including the ...

    ... those of other illicit drugs. In the end, the chicken vs. the egg debate centers on one question: Is OxyContin causing ... about medication-assisted detox. After drugs like Suboxone and Subutex hit the market and exploded in ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance Clinics: Everything You Need to Know

    If you're addicted to opiates, a methadone clinic can provide ongoing medication maintenance to help you quit them. Committing to a methadone maintenance program for at least 1 year will likely change your life for the better and help you commit to ...

    ... will likely change your life for the better and help you commit to staying clean. You may not be aware of any methadone clinics in your city, but rest assured they can be found in every state in the U.S. and they are a ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

    Sometimes it's better to substitute one drug for another. This is called harm reduction and it can make a serious difference in your health and well-being. Methadone is a drug that is frequently used in replacement therapy for heroin or other ...

    ... a long-term treatment. You'll need to take the drug on a regular basis for months and even years. 2 While methadone can be taken indefinitely, it does not have to be taken forever in order for one to make a full recovery ... continue reading
  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

    She's been going to the same clinic for five years. Every day, she takes a bus, walks the last two blocks from the bus stop and gets in line for her dose of methadone. Five years ago, Kathy decided she needed help to break her Vicodin addiction. ...

    ... going on for years and she knew a missed dose wouldn't be pretty. It was so frustrating to feel like a methadone prisoner , but at least she could function enough to hold down a job. Is it All About the Money? With over ... continue reading
  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

    Methadone is in the hot seat again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the drug, citing that methadone - when prescribed for pain, not for opiate addiction - accounted for ...

    ... and have never abused it. This restriction could also have far-reaching negative effects on the public's view of methadone , whether it's used for treating chronic pain or addiction. Only time will tell how - or if - ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

    Urban and rural addicts don't seem to have a whole lot in common, according to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In gathering data for this particular study, researchers looked at addiction ...

    ... or under the pressure of family members. Substances of Abuse Around 21.8 percent of city addicts say heroin is their drug of choice (vs. 3.1 percent in the country), while 11.9 percent claim cocaine as a drug of choice ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and 65 percent of this population meets the medical criteria for ...

    ... lessen the likelihood an inmate will seek treatment upon his or her release. “What we are doing with methadone in our correctional system is we are systematically taking people off it,” said study lead author Dr. Josiah ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

    After falling off a ladder, Suzanne was rushed to the hospital and examined from stem to stern. Her pelvic bone was fractured and she'd sprained her wrist, but the pain in her left shoulder was unbearable. Suzanne dislocated her shoulder and ...

    ... was clear she had been wrong. For the first time in a very long time, Suzanne had hope - hope that a methadone program could do for her what it had done for her neighbor. A Whole New World Living in a large city, Suzanne ... continue reading
  • Methadone Programs: A Bad Treatment Plan for Addicted Parents?

    When it comes to the negative effects of substance abuse , addiction casts a wide net. Addicted parents, in particular, are faced with a unique set of challenges, as an opiate dependency ultimately affects the whole family. For thousands of parents ...

    ... programs, the rate of recovery is dismally low, according to a 2011 study . Of the 144 parents in methadone treatment, only 13.2 percent of parents (19 people) remained in recovery and drug-free ten years later. Another ... continue reading
  • Warning: 3 Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to Avoid

    Suboxone is a popular, prescription-only drug that effectively suppresses opioid cravings and reduces the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Although Suboxone has assisted thousands of individuals struggling with opioid addiction , the drug is not ...

    ... an opioid, taking other drugs while on the medication can be life-threatening. If you are on a Suboxone regimen, it's vital to avoid the following substances due to their dangerous interactions. Benzodiazepines (“Benzos ... continue reading
  • 7 Really Smart Ways to Save Money on Suboxone

    A couple of weeks ago, I saw a Facebook post from an acquaintance of mine lamenting about the exorbitant price of Suboxone. I'd known her to have a problem with opiates in the past, but it seemed like she was doing all the right things to get her ...

    A couple of weeks ago, I saw a Facebook post from an acquaintance of mine lamenting about the exorbitant price of Suboxone. I'd known her to have a problem with opiates in the past, but it seemed like she was doing all ... continue reading
  • Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

    Suboxone - a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - is sadly inaccessible to a lot of people due to one simple factor: cost. But that's about to change. Last month, a supplier of generic drugs - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories - was allowed by a ...

    ... decrease by 70-80 percent in just a few weeks. There's also a financial impact on the revenue of Suboxone once the generic becomes available as there's the potential to lose its' monopolization of the market. Big Pharma ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

    When the book Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and women, the book's theory is still solidly ingrained in our culture. Though gender equality has come a ...

    ... we now know how and why these drugs affect genders differently. The Quest for Sleep A prime example of male vs. female biology is seen when using Ambien - a prescription sleep aid. Studies released last year showed that ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs Reward

    According to the latest Census in 2015, the United States has a total population of 321 million people. In the same year, 57 million prescriptions for gabapentin were written. Gabapentin, or its brand name Neurontin, is an anti-seizure medication ...

    ... it helps to alleviate nerve pain and restless legs, both of which are associated with opiate withdrawal. Risk vs Reward In recent years, gabapentin has been prescribed for off-label conditions (reasons it wasn't intended ... continue reading
  • The Great Debate: Alcohol vs Marijuana

    You may have had the debate yourself—what's worse? Alcohol or marijuana? With new studies coming out, more laws legalizing the recreational, and medicinal use of marijuana, the conversation seems to come up again and again. Even though we may all ...

    You may have had the debate yourself—what's worse? Alcohol or marijuana? With new studies coming out, more laws legalizing the recreational, and medicinal use of marijuana, the conversation seems to come up again and ... continue reading
  • Drugs vs. Supplements: What's the Difference?

    Your regular doctor suggests taking a supplement to improve your overall health. And then your specialist recommends a completely different combination of drugs and supplements. It's so easy to get overwhelmed. Which one's right for you? Navigating ...

    Your regular doctor suggests taking a supplement to improve your overall health. And then your specialist recommends a completely different combination of drugs and supplements. It's so easy to get overwhelmed. Which one ... continue reading
  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

    The primary psychoactive component of marijuana (cannabis)—what deliver the “high” in other words—is the substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 1 THC's powerful, mind-altering effects derive from its interaction with and activation of the ...

    The primary psychoactive component of marijuana (cannabis)—what deliver the “high” in other words—is the substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 1 THC's powerful, mind-altering effects derive from its interaction with and ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

    What is Acamprosate? Acamprosate is thought to help recovering alcoholics stay sober by balancing inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmission. Acamprosate may be combined with behavioral therapy to decrease the chance of relapse and continued ...

    ... I substance in the United States. What is Methadone? Methadone is a narcotic analgesic that also used to ... anesthesia or in the recovery room. What is Suboxone? Suboxone is an FDA-approved combination drug used as ... continue reading
  • San Francisco Mayor Proposes Drug Distribution to Homeless

    For San Francisco, the statistics related to opioid abuse are staggering: The Department of Public Health estimates there are 11,000 people addicted to heroin in San Francisco. It is estimated that thousands of these individuals are homeless. The ...

    ... Buprenorphine, more commonly known by its brands name Suboxone, blocks opioid receptors in the brain and ... , rather than the typical daily dose of methadone. As with methadone, buprenorphine must be taken regularly to work ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

    A Cincinnati woman and her incarcerated boyfriend are now facing criminal charges after she reportedly tried to smuggle a Bible laced with heroin into the prison. Tehani Teepe, 39, and Timothy King, 28, were charged with illegal conveyance of ...

    ... inmate died last August after allegedly overdosing on methadone-soaked underwear. Michael Jones, an inmate who was ... - letters that just so happened to contain Suboxone-laced stamps - which were worth far more than ... continue reading
  • Detoxing from OxyContin: What to Expect

    What makes OxyContin so addictive? Why does the body develop dependence on OxyContin? And if you're addicted to Oxy, how do you break the vicious cycle? Here, we will explore what the drug is, what detoxification looks like and how to identify and ...

    ... , resulting in less severe withdrawal symptoms. However, Methadone is still classified as an opiate like OxyContin, and can result in a transfer of addictions. Suboxone , a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, is ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

    When I was in prison, the majority of inmates struggled with substance abuse. And because the prison system did very little (if anything at all) to rehabilitate us, it wasn't unusual for those who were released to almost immediately overdose or ...

    ... expensive medication treatment for opioid dependency. A single dose costs around $1,000, whereas methadone is roughly $350 per month and Suboxone is around $400. There's also the issue of accessibility. According to the ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

    Opioids are used by millions of Americans. It seems that every day a news article is being shared on television or the Internet about opioid misuse, addiction, and unfortunately, overdose. With new information emerging each year from research and ...

    ... Medications Can Help You may be wondering what medications your doctor will prescribe you. Both methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex) are long-acting medications that are taken daily. These drugs can be used to ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    ... an overdose does occur. Currently, opioid addiction treatment relies on other opioids, such as methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone) to relieve withdrawal cravings for opioids. Thus, this vaccine is a novel approach in ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Effects

    Learn More About the Effects of Illicit Drugs Alcohol Bath Salts Cocaine Crack Crystal Meth DMT Ecstasy Flakka Kratom Hashish Heroin Inhalants LSD Ketamine Marijuana Meth Methoxetamine (MXE) Mushrooms Peyote PCP Spice Steroids Stimulants Long-term ...

    ... Librium Lorazepam Lortab Methadone Methylphenidate Morphine Norco Opana Opiate Oxycodone OxyContin Painkiller Percocet Phenobarbital Prescription Stimulants Ritalin Roxicodone Soma Suboxone Subutex Tussionex Ultram ... continue reading
  • Symptoms and Signs of Substance Abuse

    How to tell if Someone is Using Drugs Drug use affects people from all walks of life and all socioeconomic statuses. Whatever the reason a person starts taking drugs, whether recreationally or as prescribed, tolerance, patterns of increased use, ...

    ... Hydromorphone Klonopin Librium Lorazepam Methadone Norco Opioids Opana Oxycodone Oxycontin Painkillers Percocet Phenobarbital Prescription Stimulants Ritalin Roxicodone Soma Suboxone Subutex Tramadol Tussionex Ultram ... continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction

    For most people addicted to drugs or alcohol, the compulsive desire to use is complex. That urge is often triggered by certain environments, thoughts or past experiences. And while addiction is classically thought of as a physical dependence, the ...

    ... tendencies. The treatment for PAWS can also include medications like acamprosate, naltrexone, Suboxone , or methadone . Medical specialists may also prescribe antidepressants if symptoms of depression are present for ... continue reading
  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

    Addiction affects millions of lives in the U.S. It is a chronic disease that frequently includes cycles of relapse and remission, and it is progressive without treatment or participation in recovery work. It is characterized by being unable to ...

    ... Weaning off of benzos should be done gradually under the direction of a medical professional. 8 Methadone Methadone is a synthetic opioid that can prevent or reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms, reduce opioid cravings, and ... continue reading
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

    Holly started using heroin when she was 18 - at 26, she was at the end of the line. Her whole life revolved around getting high. In the past, she had tried 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed ...

    ... . Holly discovered Ibogaine has been effective in treating other addictions too, including alcohol, Suboxone, Methadone, prescription painkillers , and stimulants. She learned that it works by interrupting the pattern ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports an estimated 1.5 million Americans use cocaine. In 2015, our nation saw more than 6,700 cocaine-related deaths. Research indicates around 40 percent of drug-related emergency department visits involve ...

    ... treatment, or MAT, has helped countless people achieve recovery from opioid addiction . Medications like methadone, Suboxone , or Vivitrol - in conjunction with therapy - physicians are able to ease opioid withdrawal ... continue reading
  • Drugs on Mars and Venus

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus is one of the most iconic books of the '90s, having sold more than 50 million copies. Its core theory is that men and women often think and act in dramatically different ways because of fundamental differences ...

    ... 18 to 25 said they'd been approached at least once in the past month, compared with roughly one in 10 women (21% vs. 11.9%). However, when 18- to 25-year-olds were asked how difficult they thought it would be for them to ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

    Opiates are a group of drugs that manage pain by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). There are two different kinds of opiates: natural and synthetic. Natural opiates come from the dried “milk” of the poppy plant and include opium, ...

    ... or severe pain. Examples of synthetic opiates include Dilaudid, Demerol, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Fentanyl and Methadone. Whether natural or synthetic, opiate substances are highly addictive . How Do Opiates Work? Special ... continue reading
  • Ill Inventory: Drug Theft and Loss in the United States

    Every year, countless people become reliant on pharmaceuticals. And every year, drugs go missing. Despite extensive efforts to curb addiction and abuse, America's war on drugs is far from over. Guidelines for improving opioid prescribing practices ...

    ... .org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2015/4/23/most-states-list-deadly-methadone-as-a-preferred-drug http://krwg.org/post/summit-examines-prescription-drug-abuse-problem-new-mexico http://www.pharmacytimes ... continue reading
  • Teachers Pause Playground Games to Pick Up Needles

    Most soccer games involve time outs. But, coaches usually call them to trade a player, give a pep talk, or help a player recover from a fall. At Boston's public schools, however, soccer games are paused to remove used syringes from the field. ...

    ... .” The truth is, change doesn't happen overnight. Efforts must continue to successfully transform this area from Methadone Mile to Recovery Road. It will require support from all parts of the community to create a safe ... continue reading
  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

    It's against state and federal law to use telehealth (remote medical services) to obtain buprenorphine for the first time; a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - often known by its brand names, Suboxone or Subutex. This law is known as the ...

    ... buprenorphine for the first time; a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - often known by its brand names, Suboxone or Subutex. This law is known as the Ryan Haight Act, which is upheld by the DEA - and also ... continue reading
  • Sentencing by State 2

    have led to overcrowded facilities, skyrocketing prison costs, and major social, economic, and political impacts. Currently, nearly half of all inmates in federal prisons are serving sentences for drug offenses. Many are fathers and mothers who miss ...

    ... home to relatively few drug offenses compared with the rest of the country. Drug Convictions: State vs. National Statistics Calculating the number of convicted drug traffickers per 1 million residents revealed that 18 ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Statistics

    Statisticians analyze numerical information on subjects as varied as medicine, politics and even commercial retail sales - allowing researchers to investigate trends and test new ideas. As the phenomenon of substance abuse stubbornly continues to ...

    ... was more than double that of the group that was not currently treated for mental illness - 25.8 percent vs. 12.1 percent. This data raises the importance of quality dual diagnosis treatment . In any case, the numbers ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Smoking Weed Can Damage Your DNA

    Scientists are finding “convincing evidence” that marijuana can damage DNA and even cause certain forms of cancer. These revelations are more than alarming, considering that Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, Washington and the city of Washington, D.C. ...

    ... .4 percent. Teens consuming edible marijuana have increased, particularly in medical marijuana states (40 percent in medical states vs. 26 percent in non-medical states in the last year). The Future of THC in America The ... continue reading
  • Neighborhood Watch: Drug Sales Drive Drug Use

    Community prevention organizations have known for many years that one of the best predictors of drug use is what's known as “perception of risk.” In general, the higher the perceived risk for a particular drug, the fewer teens and young adults ...

    ... , co-author of the study. For 2014, when it comes to marijuana use, neighborhood perception of risk vs. actual use is slightly different on the national level. In the 2014 Monitoring the Future survey results released ... continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

    A new study out of India has found that most men suffering from opioid addiction are also dealing with sexual dysfunction as a result. The research paper, titled “Sexual Dysfunction in Men Seeking Treatment for Opioid Dependence: A Study from ...

    ... 2002 survey published in the Journal of Pain found that up to 62 percent of men receiving methadone maintenance for their addiction reported low testosterone levels. Opioid addiction or using long-acting opioids for over ... continue reading
  • Why Painkillers Are So Hard to Detox From

    Pain is a curious product of the human body. Why do we suffer from it? How does it help us? And why do some enjoy it? First, pain helps us avoid the things that could hurt us. We don't put our hands on a hot stove because that hurts. This means we ...

    ... . Heroin typically acts over the period of an hour. Morphine's half-life is about four hours, and methadone typically lasts for around twelve hours. The body gets used to the painkiller coursing around the body, which ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

    Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic. Nearly 5 million Americans, or 1.9 percent of the population, use pain relievers - or opioids - for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ...

    ... is needed — one that has real potential to curb opioid-related harms at a population level,” the authors conclude. Additional Reading: Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs? Image Source: Pixabay continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and alcohol. Poly-Drug Abuse Although ...

    ... alcohol and drug combination is dangerous, no one should pull the trigger on these three combinations. Additional Reading: Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs? Image Source: deathtothestockphoto.com continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the ...

    ... are a select number of drugs poised to be injected into its place. One of those drugs is Opana. Opana vs. Oxycontin: What You Need to Know Interacting with the brain's opiate receptors, much like morphine or heroin , ... continue reading
  • New Study Reveals Cocaine Robs You of Loss

    A new study has found that cocaine abuse affects brain circuits so drastically that some users can't even recognize personal loss in their lives. Researchers were able to conclude that the brain circuits responsible for predicting emotional loss ...

    ... drug treatment , not an overall cure. Many experts say the antidote would work in the same way that methadone is used to treat heroin addiction. Findings from the Danish study were published in the Journal of Biological ... continue reading
  • 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction

    People tend to use benzodiazepines because they work, plain and simple. A group of prescription sedatives, benzodiazepines are classified as Schedule IV in the Controlled Substances Act and are most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under ...

    ... As numbers of long-term-use benzodiazepine prescriptions for the elderly sharply rose (31.4% of people ages 65-80 prescribed vs. 14.7% of people, ages 18-35), 7 so too did a disturbing trend: Alzheimer's Disease. 8 In a ... continue reading
  • Did the DEA Really Abandon Its Plan to Ban Kratom?

    Several years ago, when I was living with my ex-boyfriend, I stumbled upon a package he received. The receipt said it was a bottle of kratom - a word I had never heard of before. A cursory Google search didn't pull up much either, beside the fact it ...

    ... off opioids or alcohol, since it provides a milder painkilling effect than synthetic substances, such as methadone. On August 31, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced its intention to classify the plant as ... continue reading
  • Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication?

    Jack During his freshman year, Jack's grades started slipping. He found it hard to keep up. He knew several classmates who used uppers for extra boosts when they needed them. In hopes of finding an endless supply of energy (and improving his ...

    ... in the hands and minds of thousands of young children. Can we expect anything but disaster? Risks vs Results With the trending increase in prescriptions, emergency room visits due to ADHD medications have soared 400 ... continue reading
  • Warning: This Medication May Cause…Uncontrollable Urges?

    Jim gained ten pounds in two weeks, though he'd been slim and fit his whole life. Gary lost $20K at the casino in Friday night - he'd never bought a lottery ticket up to that point. Linda had sex with three different people in one week, even though ...

    ... your doctor as soon as possible. The good news is that, once medication is stopped, the compulsive behaviors stop, too. Additional Reading: Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

    Across our nation, the brave men and women who defended its freedoms are suffering. The burden they bear isn't regret, loss, emotional trauma or illness…even though all of these things may be present. No, the cargo many of them carry is the weight ...

    ... VA scripts written for narcotics has more than tripled - that includes prescriptions for oxycodone and methadone, two extremely powerful (and often fatal) opiates. By 2011, the American Public Health Association reported ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Miracle Cure or Dangerous Botanical?

    We all know healthcare providers and researchers are desperate to find solutions to the opioid crisis, but are they overlooking a possible cure? The answer, according to a recent article , appears to be yes. The article, which was published by The ...

    ... 's most effective for individuals who have stopped their drug-using lifestyle and are stable on low-dose methadone, and least effective on individuals still engaged in drug use.” Additional Reading: 17 Ways to Get Sober ... continue reading
  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why?

    Women are generally more vulnerable to cocaine addiction than men, according to a recent study published in the journal Nature Communications. They're also more likely to use cocaine at an earlier age, take drugs in larger quantities, have greater ...

    ... ? If the latter is the problem, we can start to do hormonal replacement therapy and see if that helps.” Additional Reading: Mars vs. Venus - How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs? Image Source: Shutterstock, iStock continue reading
  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

    If you're hooked on heroin, you'll spend an average of $150 a day to support your habit. That's nearly $55,000 per year. Heroin abuse comes with a pretty hefty price tag, unfortunately personal financial burden isn't the only cash-flow issue left in ...

    ... noted that “without meaningful public health efforts, the number of heroin users is likely to continue to grow.” Additional Reading: Chicken vs. Egg - Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

    Alex didn't answer the phone. He missed their father's birthday party and still wasn't answering. But Allison kept dialing. It didn't seem right, but then again, things hadn't seemed “right” for a long time. Alex had all but stopped showing up ...

    ... takeaway is to do your research; there are a lot of different treatment options out there. Don't give up. Additional Reading: Addict vs. Loved Ones - 6 Effective Ways to Communicate Through Addiction Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Getting Sober: 17 Ways You Probably Didn’t Know About (#8 is Controversial)

    The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are so dominant in addiction recovery culture that it can be easy to forget there are other ways to get sober. If AA or NA works for you, that's wonderful. If not, there are plenty of alternative tools and ...

    ... withdrawal symptoms. It's been found to help with rapid detox from substances including opiates, alcohol, cocaine, methadone and benzos. 12. Meditation In the last few years, mindfulness has emerged as a hot ticket in ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Can it Cure My Addiction?

    What does it take to quit using heroin or other opioids? It's a question that is very much on the minds of millions of Americans. The scientific community continues to look for the best way to quit using drugs and everyone wants to know what will ...

    ... there were 19 deaths associated with ibogaine therapy. 5 That is roughly one per year. In comparison, Methadone—a common method of treating opioid addiction—accounted for nearly 40% of single-drug opioid pain reliever ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About the Probuphine Implant

    Probuphine is the very first breakthrough buprenorphine implant. What is buprenorphine, you ask? It's a common prescription for opioid addiction treatment and it prevents withdrawal symptoms. The Probuphine implant looks like four matchstick-size ...

    ... be determined by evaluating your own health and recovery needs, along with an in-depth conversation with your healthcare provider. Additional Reading: The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Let’s Play: How Much Do You Really Know About Drug Schedules?

    Have you ever heard someone mention a Schedule I or Schedule II Controlled Substance? Most of us have seen these labels, but what exactly do they mean? Let's break down this drug scheduling system to get a better understanding of controlled ...

    ... treatment in the U.S. Schedule III drugs include: Tylenol with Codeine (painkiller) Suboxone/Buprenorphine (used for treating opiate addiction) Anabolic steroids (variations of testosterone, used for treating hormonal ... continue reading
  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

    It's tragic. People are reaching out for help…and there's no one there. As a nation, we're experiencing a severe shortage of treatment options for those struggling with substance abuse. The National Council for Behavioral Health reported shortages ...

    ... effort could be the beginning of much-needed change in Tennessee - one of the states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic . Additional Reading: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Pop Quiz: Which of These Scenarios Can Land You in Jail?

    Today's drug laws seem to be in constant flux. Depending on which side of a state line you stand, you might be commended or arrested for the same act. This leaves many wondering exactly what is legal and what could put them in handcuffs. Try your ...

    ... and over). Christie's condition may be annoying to the Uber driver, but she is actually avoiding a crime (DUI), not committing one. Additional Reading: Should We Offer Suboxone in Jails and Prisons? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

    Katrina was arrested in 2006 in South Florida for selling a small amount of heroin . Recently kicked out of a rehab for fraternizing with men, she was living between the couches of different “friends,” most of whom were on drugs or associated ...

    ... the final decision in who gets into treatment.” What do you think about these programs? Sound off in the comments section below. Additional Reading: Should We Offer Suboxone in Jails and Prisons? Image Source: iStock continue reading
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    ... addiction. 2 In a similar way to methadone, Suboxone can decrease cravings and withdrawal symptoms will limit ... P. J., & Remski, K. (2012). Buprenorphine vs methadone treatment: A review of evidence in both developed and ... continue reading
  • Painkiller Detox and Withdrawal

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  • Alcohol Abuse: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

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  • Methadone Abuse

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  • How to Help a Methadone Addict

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    ... may find yourself hoarding the drug to use in high doses in an attempt to get high. Am I Addicted to Methadone? If you keep taking the drug regardless of its negative effects on your life, you need immediate help as you ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Methadone Use

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    ... the goal is to decrease the intense drive to continue to seek out and abuse illicit opiates such as heroin. Methadone pills or an oral liquid solution is usually the drug of choice, partially thanks to its price and easy ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Abuse

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    ... for abuse and addiction , which can in time lead to severe health effects and overdose . Suboxone Overdose Suboxone contains buprenorphine, and it's very hard to overdose on this particular drug; however it is possible ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Suboxone Addict

    Help for Suboxone Addiction Suboxone is a medication approved for treating opioid addiction. When taken as prescribed, it can be a beneficial pharmaceutical component of a substance abuse recovery program aimed at managing addictions to opioids ...

    ... stress at work, an underlying issue with pain , or family problems , you'll learn not to turn to Suboxone abuse as a form of self-medication . Some centers encourage family members to attend therapy to help reinforce the ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Withdrawal

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    ... don't have to continue living with opioid addiction . If you're ready to begin your new life free from Suboxone, call us at . A treatment admissions advisor will help you sort through your options to find a program that ... continue reading
  • Total Alcohol Abstinence vs Moderation: Which One Wins in the End?

    Sara knew she drank too much . After years of struggling, she decided she needed help. She admitted she was dependent on alcohol and started seeing a counselor. Sara explained to her therapist that she didn't think she could quit drinking ...

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  • Drug Abuse Vs. Addiction

    An Introduction to Drug Abuse and Addiction Drug abuse, addiction and alcoholism are three of the most common problems plaguing adolescents, teens, and adults alike. Recent reports place the numbers of Americans, aged 12 and older, suffering from ...

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  • 5 Things to Look for in Addiction Treatment Centers for Men

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  • Frequently Asked Questions About Finding Help for Drug Abuse

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    ... you with medication to help alleviate cravings and prevent relapse while receiving treatment (e.g., methadone for opiates or acamprosate for alcohol). Therapy and counseling : Therapy and group counseling will aid ... continue reading
  • Heroin Withdrawal

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    ... is released, producing significantly unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. The opioid agonist treatment drugs (methadone, buprenorphine, Suboxone) will be delivered on a tapered schedule, meaning that the dosage and frequency ... continue reading
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment for Drug Abuse

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  • Why Don’t We Have Addiction Vaccines?

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  • Drug and Alcohol Detoxification

    Many people begin substance use disorder treatment with a period of detoxification and withdrawal management. As an important element of early recovery, detox can provide supportive care and access to medical interventions, when needed, for certain ...

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  • The Effects of Dilaudid Use

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  • Opana Abuse

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  • Drug Treatment Program Glossary

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  • Concurrent Alcohol And Heroin Abuse

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  • How to Help a Hydrocodone Addict

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  • Using Painkillers When Pregnant

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  • How to Help a Subutex Addict

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