In the long battle against opioid addiction, medication-assisted treatment has risen as the gold standard of treatment options. Unfortunately, when many people think about addiction treatment, they focus on the two most well-studied medications, buprenorphine (the primary drug in Suboxone) and methadone.
There is no question that these medications have saved countless lives among those who suffered from an opioid-use disorder. I currently oversee a Suboxone program, have previously worked in a large methadone program, and have seen firsthand the benefits of these medication. But I don’t believe enough discussion has been given to the rest of the treatment that the medication assists.
Alcohol is a killer hiding in plain sight. While we demonize the use of other drugs, we celebrate with alcohol. It’s part of our weddings and graduations, our birthday parties and bar mitzvahs. Alcohol is a legal drug, and our own ambivalence about its use may stop us from talking about it with our family members, friends, coworkers and patients. But the consequences can be deadly
The teenager's brain has a lot of developing to do: It must transform from the brain of a child into the brain of an adult. Some researchers worry how marijuana might affect that crucial process.
Heroin, fentanyl flowing in through interstate network
For years, people with addiction have wondered when the media would recognize our condition as a medical problem, not a moral one — when they would stop reducing us to mere "addicts" and speak of us in the more respectful and accurate "person first" language that has become common for people with other diseases and disorders.