Monthly Archives: November 2017

Vivitrol — Your Best Chance to Recover from Opioid Addiction?

November 21st, 2017|

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. Vivitrol — Your Best Chance to Recover from Opioid Addiction? The implication is clear –both medications should be considered viable treatment options. A smaller Norwegian study published in October reached the same conclusion. Because there is a sore need for evidence-based and

PTSD and Drug Abuse: What it’s Like To Be A Veteran Struggling With Addiction

November 20th, 2017|

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 a loved one, terrorist attacks, and war. Others include kidnappings, torture, and robberies. Studies show at least 20% of veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars developed PTSD. Unfortunately, half of them never went to a doctor. Moreover, those who

Is Jail or Prison Ever a Good Thing for an Addict?

November 17th, 2017|

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 degree. To put it in perspective, current figures point to as many as 1 out of every 100 Americans is currently behind bars. Of those, 50% are there for drug-related offenses. The struggle with addiction is real. It’s for that

Alcoholism Is On The Rise And It’s Not Slowing Down – See The Latest Stats

November 15th, 2017|

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 form of alcohol abuse. This disorder is affecting more Americans and becoming an epidemic that needs immediate addressing. The latest statistics are troubling. A recent study published by the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC) follows the

What Role Do Insurance Companies Play in the Opioid Crisis? It Might Not Be What You Expect

November 12th, 2017|

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 many safer alternative treatments that insurance companies do not want you to hear about. Illicit drugs kill more people than prescribed opiates. However, there are many chronic pain sufferers who experience addiction and overdose too. High-risk opioids are covered. Safe

How to Best Use MAT Drugs (Medication-Assisted Treatment) in Addiction Recovery

November 10th, 2017|

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 in conjunction with evidence-based therapies. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), believes that using FDA- approved medications responsibly can be effective in treating addiction. Their conclusion comes from research that proves the theory of efficacy. There are certain

A Grief and Loss Handbook for Those in Recovery

November 7th, 2017|

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 would be unhooked. Though there were some close family members there, ultimately, he was alone with his thoughts. So many questions ran through his head: was he making the right decision? What would his father think? What do I think

18 Tips for Stopping (Tapering off) Suboxone Successfully

November 5th, 2017|

Suboxone tapering is the process of getting off of Suboxone at a slow and comfortable rate. 18 Tips for Stopping (Tapering off) Suboxone Successfully 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.  Many people in recovery want to eventually taper off of Suboxone so they are no longer dependent on it (as it’s an opioid itself). There is a misconception about Suboxone though and

How to Give Up your Last Vices Once You Have Established Your Recovery

November 2nd, 2017|

It is no secret that addicts live lives that are very difficult on their bodies. The whirlwind that surrounds the finding, using, and getting more leaves very little room in the way of self-care. By the end, most of us are wracked with poor nutrition. We are dehydrated, chain-smoking messes that feel as though we cannot be broken any more. When an addict finally makes the life-altering decision to get and stay clean, he or she goes through a beautiful, albeit painful, metamorphosis. He sheds the cocoon that has kept him imprisoned for so