The Controversy Over Opioid Maintenance Medications

Arguments abound over whether drugs like suboxone and methadone are more effective in treating addiction that abstinence-based treatment and recovery programs. The controversy, it seems, revolves around two factors: mortality rates and quality of life. The medical community recognizes that opioid maintenance medications reduce the risk of death in opioid-dependent users, while abstinence-based treatment recognizes…

How Effective is Treatment for Opioid Addiction?

Going to treatment is just the beginning of living a rewarding and happy life in sobriety. Many people attempting to recover from addiction and alcoholism make several attempts before they are finally able to live a life of sobriety. However, as opioid overdose rates skyrocket and the drug becomes more lethal with the introduction of…

The Dangers of Opioid Maintenance Medications

Drugs like suboxone and methadone are used to treat opioid addiction by delivering enough narcotic to reduce the symptoms of withdrawal. The theory is that these medications will keep a person addicted to opioids from using them by replacing their drug of choice with a safer prescription medication. Suboxone, in particular, contains naloxone, an opioid…

What are 5 Ways Health Execs Can Shift the Opioid Crisis?

Drug overdoses now lead the charge in cause of accidental death in the United States. Many experts point to specific events such as legislation that was passed and pharmaceutical companies introducing powerful, long-acting drugs. These are critical to point out but avoid the true ramifications of the crisis. Building Cooperation While the epidemic of opioid…

Opiate Myths

Opiate users are opiate addicts This perpetuation of this myth is, you could say, well-intended. America is becoming more aware of the danger of opiate medications, leading to a growing stigma surrounding them. However, it’s important that the public understands that opiate medications, like prescription painkillers, themselves aren’t bad; that no medication can be characterized…

Rates Of Opioid Addiction Continue To Climb

  A new study from a major insurance provider has revealed that opioid addiction is still on the rise and that, sadly, many who are struggling with opioid addiction are not getting the care that they need. Blue Cross Blue Shield released data analyzing the number of diagnoses for “opioid use disorder” between 2010 to…

Drug Dealer Sentenced for Murder in Overdose Death

Drug Dealer Sentenced for Murder in Overdose Death

For the first time in Rhode Island state history, a man has been convicted of murder for selling drugs that led to a fatal overdose. Aaron Andrade was convicted of second degree murder in an overdose death where he was found to have supplied the drugs. Andrade admitted to selling almost pure Fentanyl to Kristen…

Staying Clean and Sober Through Surgery

Staying Clean and Sober Through Surgery

Whether you’re recently clean or sober, have been in recovery for some time, or are simply worried about the dangers of addiction while recovering from surgery, your fears are grounded. Surgery typically means days to weeks and sometimes months of recovery, during which time you will be exposed to limited activity, negative emotions caused by…

What to Look for in a Residential Treatment Center

What to Look for in a Residential Treatment Center

Seeking out help for an addiction can be a difficult and painful process, whether you’re looking for yourself or for a loved one. For most of us, the process is plagued with doubt, shame from the addiction, and budget constraints, all of which can push us to simply choosing and going with the first residential…