Should methadone clinics support lower doses of methadone for patients being treated for opiate addiction? Or is methadone 60mg the analgesic dose needed to treat opioid abuse? Dr. Burson lets us know taking less than methadone 60mg can sabotage opiate and heroin addiction treatment
The drug methadone is surrounded by political and ethical debate. But researchers have been looking at methadone since 1966. And there are more studies on the drug methadone than most other prescription medications. Dr. Burson outlines the benefits of methadone clearly here.
Through personal life experience, guest writer Clark Jones explains how the legal and medical systems work against late stage alcoholics. He talks about problems in the treatment model for late stage alcoholism, and the need for long term treatment in order for proper recovery to begin. Share your ideas about late stage alcoholism treatment alternatives here.
We hear from Clark Jones in part two of a three part series on late stage alcoholism treatment. Here, Clark talks about his personal experiences as a late stage alcoholic and questions punitive treatment models. He looks into the ethics of private and public treatment centers for late stage alcoholics, and explores problems in the system that could have caused the death of his friend, Janet. More on late stage alcoholism here.
My son’s addiction started in high school, with what at the time I considered to be “normal” experimentation with alcohol and marijuana. I never expected then that his alcohol and drug use would escalate into full blown addiction and that it would progress over the years all the way to intravenous drug use, near death, and a prison conviction. I have learned so much along this journey of my son's addiction and recovery. From that I have compiled a list of truths to share with others who may find themselves seeking answers and help.
This book claims to be created for scientists in order to put a "human face" on addiction. It works. Learn why you should buy "Addiction and Art"...and how it is more than just a coffee table book.
A few passages from the new book "God of Our Understanding: Jewish Spirituality and Recovery from Addiction"...and thoughts about how to apply Jewish beliefs about God to addiction and alcohol recovery. Rabbi Taub clarifies Jewish beliefs about God here.
How do you generate and express gratitude? A quick HOW TO guide on developing and accessing expressions of gratitude. Please add to these expressions of gratitude by letting us know what you do to cultivate and express your attitude of gratitude.
Any good drug or alcohol treatment center offers extensive aftercare and follow up. But what kind of drug and alcohol treatment aftercare is standard? And what new ideas might treatment centers start to use? We talk about novel approaches to drug treatment aftercare and ask you if you think drug rehabs are measuring up.
Methadone treatment for opiate addiction can be effective. But some doctors can be critical of the practice, usually an opinion based in ignorance of methadone and how it works. Dr. Jana Burson reviews the full spectrum of methadone side effects here, clearly outlining methadone side effects on the body so that you can be better informed.
Where can you go for the latest teen drug abuse statistics? We list the top 5 government websites where you can download teen drug abuse statistics here. Plus, we let you know where to go for extended teenage statistics for at risk youth, such as statistics on drug related deaths.
From his book, "God of Our Understanding", Rabbi Shais Taub give us insight into how to get over resentment and anger, two debilitating emotions that can sabotage addiction recovery. Written from a Jewish theological view, this short excerpt is applicable to addicts wanting to understand: How do I get over resentment and anger?
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Methadone doesn’t work for everyone. But the efficacy of methadone maintenance treatment has been documented since the 1990’s. Dr. Jana Burson tells us about the pharmacology of methadone, as well as the growing acceptance of methadone as valid treatment here.
People drink alcohol for two reasons: taste or effect. But alcoholic people drink alcohol for different reasons. We explore the question, "Why do people drink alcohol?" here. Learn more about the effects drinking alcohol and the characteristics of alcoholic drinking here.
In the 12 step rooms of programs like A.A., addiction recovery basics dictate that we break the cycle of denial and call ourselves alcoholics or addicts. But is it healthy to continue to identify and reinforce this type of self-definition after years of sobriety? We ask questions about the assumptions of addiction recovery basics here.