At one time, the expectation of rehab success was abstinence. Now, it's more often the expectation that a person maintains compliance with a medication regimen. Have we given up on the concept of being fully drug-free after rehab?
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of prescribed drugs to help a person break free from addiction to some other drug. While MAT makes plenty of money for pharmaceutical companies and prescribers, it may not be so great for those taking the drug.
In the very recent news, U.S. correctional institutions are becoming more inclined to heavily medicate inmates on anti-addiction medicines, even though there are worlds of test data and information dictating the massive risk and potential health crisis issues attendant with anti-addiction medications.
You’ve probably heard of Suboxone. But maybe you haven’t heard from its users what it’s like to break free from this drug. Chances are you won’t hear the real tale from anyone unless they’ve gone through it.
From personal experience and multiple years of working one-on-one with addicts, I have seen the ups and the downs that go along with "miracle cures” like Suboxone.
According to an new article in Scientific American , there is a big downside to the use of opioid blockers like naloxone and naltrexone in addiction recovery. It’s important that anyone recommending or endorsing the use of opioid blockers understand the full effects of these drugs.
The newest trend in addiction recovery is the widespread support for use of medications in rehab programs. Are the risks of drugs used to treat alcoholism really necessary when drug-free alternatives exist?
For the last few decades, one drug rehab expert after another has taken center stage to make claims about breakthroughs in solving addiction. Is the latest claim about medication-assisted treatment any better than old claims?
As the heroin and painkiller abuse epidemic has spread across America, it’s been followed by a concerted effort to increase availability of Medication-Assisted Treatment for the addicted. Is this really the best care we can offer them?
In the world of addiction treatment, there is a full spectrum of care available, a spectrum that extends from a program that tries to prevent harm as you continue to use drugs, all the way to programs with the goal of restoring the ability to live a fully drug-free life.