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Karen in Medication-assisted treatment
December 26, 2019

Whatever Happened to Providing Abstinence Based Addiction Treatment?

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?

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Karen in Medication-assisted treatment
October 16, 2018

Medication-Assisted Treatment: A “Solution” that Has Never Solved the Problem

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.

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Ren in Dealing with Addiction
September 4, 2018

U.S. Prisons Now Heavily Medicating Inmates

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.

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Karen in Medication-assisted treatment
December 23, 2017

Life on Suboxone: Not as Pretty as the Brochures Make You Think

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.

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Jason Good in Addiction
September 25, 2017

Suboxone: The Aftermath of “The Cure”

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.

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Karen in Medication-assisted treatment
September 19, 2017

New Information: The Downside of Addiction Treatment Drugs

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.

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Karen in Alcohol
July 30, 2017

Drugging Alcoholics in Recovery: Is it Really a Good Idea?

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?

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Magic Bullet to Addiction?

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?

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Karen in Drug Rehab
March 26, 2017

Suboxone: A Doubtful Path Out of Addiction

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?

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Karen in Drug Rehab
March 11, 2017

The Full Spectrum of Care for the Addicted

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.

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