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What is Medication Assisted Treatment and is it effective?

Medication Assisted Treatment, or MAT, is the use of medications with counseling and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders and prevent opioid overdose.1 MAT can be pivotal in helping someone with an opioid use disorder (OUD) get off, and stay off, opioids. To some, it seems like using opioids to treat OUD is a…

Rise Above — the Stigma of Addiction 8-Sep-19

Since September is National Recovery Month (https://recoverymonth.gov/), I thought I would revisit the topic of stigma reduction… Stigma prevents addicts from getting the help they need. Stigma they place on themselves-“I am so worthless. Nobody should have to deal with me.” Stigma society places on the addict-“He’s a junkie and thief. Why should I help…

WHAT IS VIVITROL? 17MAR2019

What is Vivitrol? Vivitrol is an extended release Naltrexone. It is a non-addictive medication to prevent relapse in opioid addicted people and is given by injection once a month. Vivitrol blocks opioid receptors in the brain so that if opioids are used, there are rendered ineffective, in other words, the user gets no high. Abstinence…

03Feb2019 Are You a Practicing Nurse with an Active Addiction? Do You Want Help?

I am a nurse. I am also a recovering addict. I have been in recovery for 14 consecutive years now. That seemed an impossible feat 14 years ago, but here I am, safe and clean and sober today. I have also regained my full nursing license and am able to practice safely without any restrictions.…