Media Portrayal of Opioid Treatment

Why is the Media Portrayal of Opioid Treatment Important? When it comes to the media portrayal of opioid treatment, it is key to recovering addicts for other people to understand exactly why this is an important topic. So often, we see the media portray people suffering from addiction as people of low moral standards, poor […]


FDA on MAT as a Treatment

What is MAT as a Treatment? According to an article in the New York Times, the Food and Drug Administration plans to begin permitting pharmaceutical companies to sell medications that help temper cravings, even if they don’t fully stop addiction. The health and human services secretary, Alex M. Azar II, said the agency intended “to […]


Rise in Opioid Crisis and MAT

What Do We Know About the Opioid Crisis and MAT? According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of, and addiction to, opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public […]


What is MAT?

Understanding MAT: Medication Assisted Treatment According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Medication Assisted Treatment (also known as MAT) is the use of medications with counseling and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders and prevent opioid overdose. While MAT is primarily used for the treatment of addiction to opioids, it […]


Why Do I Need to Detox From Alcohol?

Detox from Alcohol You have been in this place before. You’re wondering why you can’t “just cut back” on your drinking. You’ve made the decision a hundred times to stop drinking. You may have denied for a long time that you even have a problem, but you know deep down that you cannot control your […]


How Can Clonidine Manage Withdrawal Symptoms?

What is Clonidine? According to Medline, Clonidine was originally intended to treat high blood pressure or symptoms associated with ADHD. Clonidine treats high blood pressure by decreasing the heart rate and relaxing the blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily through the body. Clonidine extended-release tablets may treat ADHD by affecting the part […]


Is Quitting Heroin Cold Turkey a Good Idea?

Can I Quit Heroin Cold Turkey? One of the many hallmarks of drug or alcohol addiction is the inability to stop or slow down use. Chances are, you have tried before to control your heroin use, only to later be met with a binge session. It can be very disheartening when you try to control […]


What Can I Expect In Detox?

What is Detox Like? Aside from making the decision to enter treatment for addiction, detox is one of the most important parts of the recovery process. It is also one of the most feared parts of the recovery process, since detox has long been notorious for being an uncomfortable, scary process. However, detox has evolved […]


What is Medically Assisted Detox?

What is Detox Like? When a person is ready to get sober from drugs or alcohol, one of the first things they will experience once they’ve entered treatment is the detoxification process. The good news is, medically assisted detox is available to help make it easier. Detox is the process of the body getting rid […]

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