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Outpatient Addiction Treatment Timeline

Detox is the first step toward recovery from drug or alcohol abuse and addiction. Choosing the best detox program depends upon your unique needs and the severity of your substance use disorder. Withdrawal symptoms are different for everyone and are determined by the type of substance, length of use, and amount in your system upon…

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What Are the Anti-Craving Medicines Used in MAT?

Studies show that individuals with an opioid use disorder (OUD) who attempt total abstinence following detox are significantly more likely to relapse than individuals with other addictions. Relapse is a normal part of the recovery process. However, relapsing on opioids carries a higher risk for fatal overdoses. Because of the power of opioids, individuals with…

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Can I Maintain Employment While in MAT?

Opioid and alcohol addiction are serious problems that affect millions of Americans from all walks of life. While many addiction rehab programs believe that total abstinence is critical to recovery, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is becoming more widely accepted, especially for treating opioid and alcohol addictions. Current research shows numerous benefits to incorporating MAT into comprehensive…

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3 Benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) refers to using federally approved medications to help treat substance use disorders, specifically opioid and alcohol addictions. While still controversial, recent research indicates that carefully monitored MAT is highly effective as part of a comprehensive, individualized approach to addiction treatment. This combination of interventions helps address addiction’s physical, psychological, social, and emotional…

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Medications Used in Medication Assisted Treatment

Medical treatment for addiction does not only involve emergency drugs used to counteract an opioid overdose like the now common naloxone injection. Drugs like this are critical tools for first responders trying to save precious seconds in dire situations. However, there are many well-researched drugs that can be used to help end addiction itself through…

Several Prescription Drugs Spilled From Fallen Bottle Near Glass of Alcohol.

6 Common Substance Abuse Triggers and How to Identify Your Own

Getting clean after dealing with a substance abuse problem is one of the hardest things you’ll do. You can make your path easier by simply knowing yourself. Knowing your substance abuse triggers can help you stay clean and sober. Whether you’re undergoing medication-assisted treatment or just trying to cut down on drinking, knowing your triggers is…

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Methadone vs Suboxone: An Addiction Treatment Comparison

The United States is in the midst of a drug crisis. Addiction treatment specialists use substances like methadone and suboxone to help people break the holds of addiction. While these methods are helpful treatments, they also come with several side effects and points that you should know. It pays to research them to the fullest…