During the ongoing opioid epidemic, Vivitrol may just be the addiction recovery drug that America needs. According to a new study published just this month in The Lancet, Vivitrol and Suboxone are equally effective at treating opioid dependence. This was the first American research to directly compare these two very different medications. The implication
For years now, many veterans have had to deal with the effects of combat exposure. While many transition back into society, others struggle with PTSD and drug addiction. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs when someone goes through stressful or traumatic events. Examples of such events include accidents, violent or sexual assault, the death of
It’s no secret that addiction leads down a dark path for most people, going so far as to land some in prison. Another hot-button topic that has made headlines in the past few years is prison overcrowding. There’s a very obvious link between the two. The US federal prisons are overcrowded to a dangerous
After a long day, there's no better way to unwind than with a drink. Luckily, there are a lot of alcoholic beverages to choose from. Moderate alcohol consumption is relatively harmless. However, statistics show that regular alcohol use has a tendency to lead to heavy-drinking and -- ultimately -- alcoholism. Alcoholism is a severe
Do the insurance companies feed the opioid crisis to make more money? The blame for the opioid crisis is often placed on doctors and Big Pharma. But another big suspect might have gotten away too easily: insurance companies. Many chronic pain sufferers rely on opiates to improve their quality of life. But there are
Therapy known as MAT (medication-assistant treatment) receives a mixed bag of reviews. MATs are quite often used as part of the treatment plan for opioid, alcohol and substance abuse disorders. Some people have the opinion that you’re trading one addiction for another. Others believe that these medications can be helpful when used properly and
Death: A Sobering Experience All Dan could hear was the humming and beeping of the machines his father was hooked to. Machines breathing for him, cleaning the blood that his failing kidneys no longer could. He had recently made the decision that his father was past the point of no return. Soon the machines
Suboxone tapering is the process of getting off of Suboxone at a slow and comfortable rate. Initially, Suboxone is prescribed for opioid/opiate addicts to assist with withdrawals or to replace their opioid addiction. Suboxone is sometimes used in the short-term during detox and sometimes longer for those who are at high risk for relapse.