What is addiction treatment?


If you or a loved one is living with a drug or alcohol addiction, you may be wondering what addiction treatment looks like. While everyone's treatment plan will vary based upon their unique situation and needs, there are some general things that you can expect from addiction treatment. There are different levels of treatment, as [...]

What is addiction treatment?2021-10-22T17:42:04+02:00

Signs of Addiction


According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 20.4 million Americans experience a substance use disorder, which is the clinical term for an addiction, within a given year. Since addiction is so prevalent, most people will know someone with an addiction at [...]

Signs of Addiction2022-04-04T23:31:34+02:00

How to Get Narcan


Narcan, the brand name for the drug naloxone, can be life-saving in the case of opioid overdose. Narcan has the ability to reverse overdose effects. While historically used by medical personnel and emergency responders, Narcan is now available for use by the public. If you or a loved one lives with an opioid addiction, you [...]

How to Get Narcan2021-10-19T21:23:13+02:00

What is Narcan?


Narcan is a popular word in the addiction treatment community, but not everyone understands what this substance is, or how it works. Perhaps you have heard someone make a reference to Narcan before, but you aren’t exactly sure what it is. If you or a loved one lives with an addiction to an opiate, understanding [...]

What is Narcan?2021-10-04T20:14:34+02:00

Overdose Rates on the Rise


Drug overdose rates have climbed significantly over the past year. According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were an estimated 96,801 deaths from drug overdose in the 12-month period ending in February 2021. Overall, an increase of over 20,000 drug overdose deaths above the 74,234 overdose [...]

Overdose Rates on the Rise2021-09-23T22:02:54+02:00

Overdose Prevention Strategies


According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 70,630 drug overdose deaths in 2019, the majority of which involved opioid drugs. Overdose rates increased further in 2020, with provisional data showing that there were an estimated 95,230 deaths from drug overdose during the 12-month period ending in January 2021. [...]

Overdose Prevention Strategies2021-09-16T20:20:36+02:00

What is MAT?


When people think of addiction treatment, they probably imagine programs in which a person aims to become completely abstinent from all substances. While some people do go through recovery with an abstinence-based approach, others may take medications to help them with recovery. Taking medications alongside behavioral interventions like counseling is referred to as medication-assisted treatment, [...]

What is MAT?2021-09-10T20:58:59+02:00

What is harm reduction?


Often, when we think of treatment for drug addiction, we think of an abstinence-based approach, in which a person is encouraged to stop using any and all addictive substances and enter a rehab program so they can learn to live a sober life. While stopping the use of addictive drugs is certainly beneficial, there is [...]

What is harm reduction?2021-09-10T04:11:55+02:00

Effectiveness of Suboxone in Recovery


Medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, is an option for those in treatment for opioid addiction. When a patient receives MAT services, the person will take medications, while also participating in counseling to treat the addiction. Medications can be used to reduce drug cravings and balance brain chemistry while a person is in recovery, whereas counseling [...]

Effectiveness of Suboxone in Recovery2021-10-13T02:08:49+02:00

MAT vs. Abstinence-Based Treatment


The opioid epidemic in the United States has necessitated the development of evidence-based treatments that are effective for people struggling with addiction. One treatment option that has become more popular is medication-assisted treatment, or MAT. This form of treatment is in contrast to abstinence-based models, and it comes with both pros and cons. Understanding the [...]

MAT vs. Abstinence-Based Treatment2021-09-10T18:09:40+02:00
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