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Articles on Suboxone and Opioid Dependence

Medically Assisted Treatment a Priority in Maine

Governor Janet Mills of Maine is making access to medically assisted treatment (MAT) a priority in fighting the opioid crisis in her state. According to Fosters.com, the proposed initiatives include removing limits on Medicaid-funded methadone, buprenorphine, and naloxone, as well as making MAT available in Maine's prisons.

Fosters.com quotes Kirsten Figeuroa, Mills' finance chief, who states:

Drug overdoses took 282 lives in Maine in just the first 9 months of 2018 — one overdose per day. Evidence is clear that medication-assisted treatment is a critical tool in fighting opioid addiction

Read the full article here.

WGME CBS 13 in Portland cites Gordon Smith, Director of Opioid Response, who clarifies that addiction is "medical" and not "criminal":

"People with substance use disorders are ill, they're not criminals. Almost all of them at some point in their journey have violated one or more laws, but primarily they're ill."

Read the rest of the story here.

Looking for doctors who administer buprenorphine in Maine? Click here.

Drug Addiction Treatment News Round Up

Coverage on the new media campaign revolving around buprenorphine availability in Philadelphia continues, bringing the opioid crisis in the city to the forefront of public attention. The Inquirer Editorial Board of Philly.com highlights the surplus of vacant spots in medically assisted treatment (MAT) programs and discusses the controversy around MAT:

"Because of ill-conceived notions that the only real recovery is sobriety, using medication to treat opioid addiction is stigmatized as nothing more than replacing one substance with another. People who use bupe or methadone are told they aren't "clean". But there is nothing "dirty" about good medicine. There is increasing understanding that addiction is a disease, and should be treated as one — and that just like a person with diabetes needs insulin, some people in opioid addiction need bupe or methadone."

Read the full editorial here, or find suboxone treatment centers in Philadelphia.

 

CNN recently published a story about a mobile treatment program in Pennsylvania run by Positive Recovery Solutions, featuring the experiences of Stuart Masula and Amanda Cope, who run the program. Masula talks about his work at the clinic, stating, "I literally probably have the best job you could ever have. I get to go to work and see people who are trying to change their lives every single day for the better."

The mobile addiction clinic administers monthly injections of Vivitrol to patients in recovery from opioid addiction.

Read the full article here, or find doctors who administer buprenorphine in Pennsylvania.

 

I Love Recovery Café offers tips on returning home after treatment, listing ways to create a calming home environment conducive to recovery. Familiarity is encouraged, but change is suggested to help avoid setbacks. The author provides recommendations:

"Remove any emotional triggers that might set them off and consider changing the interior design scheme just a bit to promote feelings of well-being, calmness, and health."

See the complete list of tips here, or read more on life after rehab.

Medically Assisted Treatment Becoming More Widely Accepted

The Marietta Times recently published an article on the evolving medically assisted treatment (MAT) options available to people in its community, in which the drug treatment court in Washington County can approve MAT upon the recommendation of a clinician. The court aims to institute treatment plans most suitable for each individual, following the standards of the Ohio Supreme Court in determining the best course of treatment.

The article quotes Coda Kyle, the Marietta clinical coordinator for Rigel, who explains Vivitrol treatment:

"It's a medical treatment, appropriate, for example, for someone with severe opioid use disorder", she said. The recommendation would come from a medical professional such as a nurse practitioner, she said.

Despite public stigmas around MAT, using medication in the addiction recovery process is becoming more common, especially as medical and scientific professionals continue to endorse this form of treatment. Kyle elaborates on her experience:

"Years ago there was an emphasis on abstinence, but as the epidemic got more attention, and more research was done, the evidence showed that MAT generally has better outcomes, and public perception of it is shifting into more positive perspective."

Read the full article here.

New Media Campaign in Philadelphia Highlights Successes of Treatment with Buprenorphine

"I am living proof that bupe works", proclaims signs around the city of Philadelphia, sharing the message of a new media campaign aimed towards building awareness around the availability of medically assisted treatment. The PhillyVoice covers the news around this new campaign, quoting David Jones, Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, who states that, "This campaign is largely to say to individuals, 'If you are ready to participate in treatment, we have a slot for you". The advertisements feature individuals who have used medically assisted treatment in the recovery process.

With the prevalence of opioid and heroin-related deaths in the Philadelphia area, this $200,000 ad campaign lets locals know that help is available.

Read the full article here, or use our website to find a treatment center or a doctor near you.

Comprehensive Guide to Addiction Treatment Medications

When someone has a drug addiction, many changes occur within the body that interfere with its normal functioning. What many people do not know is that these changes affect the brain and other vital organs. Within the brain, drug addiction impacts the areas for pleasure, stress, and decision making. This causes the individual to only feel pleasure from the drug, become anxious and stressed without the drug, and have less impulse control. Drug addiction also affects the portion of the brain that controls heart rate, sleeping, and breathing, which are essential to sustaining life.

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How to Talk to a Loved One About Their Addiction

There can be many challenges associated with talking to a loved one about their addiction that could result in the conversation not occurring. However, addressing addiction to a loved one is important because they need a lot of empathy and support during this difficult time. Knowing how to prepare and approach your loved one is crucial to having a beneficial conversation about addiction. They need you during this time because they are likely to express their feelings more freely to someone they are comfortable with. Once you have this conversation with your loved one, you can get a better understanding of their addiction and how you can further help them during this difficult time.

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Life After Rehab – 10 Steps to Staying Sober

Once the great achievement of sobriety is accomplished through addiction treatment, it is now time for you to take on the world in this new life journey. Things will need to change in your life, so you can be able to maintain sobriety after rehab. Explore these 10 Steps to Staying Sober to learn how you can increase your chances for long-term success in recovery.

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Can I Get Suboxone Treatment While Working Full Time

Being employed full time or even part time is crucial for many Americans because it provides a steady income and necessary benefits. Unfortunately, certain issues can impact employment status such as misconduct and breaking company policies. That is why it is understandable for you to question whether going through Suboxone treatment is acceptable when working full time.

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Top 12 Questions to Ask A Suboxone Clinic Near Me

Buprenorphine-doctors.com wants to assist you in finding the Suboxone doctor that will help you regain control of your life.  You can use our in-depth database to search for a Suboxone clinic in your area, but do you know what to do when you have found one that seems right for you?  Don’t worry – we have compiled a list of 12 questions you will want your Suboxone clinic to answer, whether you find these answers on their website or by calling them for more information.

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What Are the Side Effects of Suboxone?

Suboxone, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002, is a medication assisted treatment for addictions to both opioids and opiates. It consists of the two drugs Buprenorphine and Naloxone and needs to be administered under medical supervision. The benefit of Suboxone is that it lessens the brain’s need for an opiate and prevents withdrawal symptoms. However, as with any medication, there are side effects to Suboxone that you want to be aware of when seeking Suboxone treatment.

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How Long Does Suboxone Stay in Your System?

Suboxone treatment can help those suffering from opioid addiction find their path to recovery by relieving pain and alleviating withdrawal symptoms.  However, Suboxone itself is a drug and has the potential to be addictive, which is why you should always seek Suboxone treatment under the care of a licensed professional – find a Suboxone doctor near you

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6 Things You Need To Know About Confidentiality In Addiction Treatment

One of the major concerns people suffering from drug addiction have about substance abuse treatment is whether their treatment can remain confidential – and this often prevents them from seeking treatment at all.  They fear losing their job, family, and friends if anyone were to find out about their addiction struggles.  This is why it is so important for those seeking treatment to know their rights and the federal laws protecting their confidentiality.  After all, privacy and protected health information is an important aspect of treatment, and any breach in this privacy can adversely affect you or a loved one’s recovery.

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What is Buprenorphine?

Learn more about Buprenorphine and its use in the treatment of opioid addiction.

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Generic Suboxone

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