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Practitioners are on the frontline of the drug crisis.

Giving practitioners the support they need is vital. Long experience confirms there are many pathways of recovery: there is no simple, one-shot solution for addiction. Financial, family, community, religious and other factors all add to or detract from recovery capital. Yet funding is too often given to just one or two aspects of the full picture. To make real progress, all phases of recovery must be supported.

Vitamin D deficiency may increase risk for opioid addiction

July 5th, 2021|

People with low levels of vitamin D might be at an increased risk for opioid dependence or addiction — and the deficit could be fixed with cheap and accessible supplements, a new Massachusetts General Hospital study indicates. “Our results suggests that we may have an opportunity in the public health arena to influence the opioid epidemic,” said Dr. David Fisher, director of the MGH Cancer Center’s melanoma program and an author of the study published Friday. Fisher and his colleagues found that vitamin D deficiency strongly increases the craving for opioids, potentially putting people at a higher risk for addiction.

The Deadliest Year In the History of U.S. Drug Use

February 3rd, 2021|

SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Date:      |     Contributor:   Source:  ( )     |     Category: Summary and Analysis... Increases in abuse of fentanyl, meth and cocaine are adding to the existing drug addiction crisis. It also appears that part of the pandemic's collateral damage includes an increase in overdose deaths. As covered in the article: The largest overdose spike happened from

Research Identifies Pain Manage­ment Strategy That Reduces Opioid Exposure

January 29th, 2021|

SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Date:      |     Contributor:   Source:  ( )     |     Category: Summary and Analysis... Another study indicating that non-opioid solutions for pain management can be effective, i.e. opioids do not need to be the first line approach to pain management. Information such as this, had it been widely available and implemented, could have helped avoid the problems

A ground­breaking new British drug offers hope to opioid addicts

November 1st, 2020|

SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Date:      |     Contributor:   Source:  ( )     |     Category: Summary and Analysis... This article identifies what appears to be a new form of buprenorphine as a "new drug" to address opioid addictions. According to the article, Buvidal is a slow-release version of buprenorphine that can be injected either once a week or once a month.

Toward a Philosophy of Choice: A New Era of Addiction Treatment

October 12th, 2020|

SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Date:      |     Contributor:   Source:  ( )     |     Category: Summary and Analysis... A fascinating article by William White describing the way choice relates to addiction treatment. The article touches on factors which have tended to marginalize choice including an emphasis on the neurobiological: "Based on the work of Volkov and other scientists, one could posit addiction

Medication Assisted Treatment: Solution or Set-Up for Opiate Addicts?

May 21st, 2019|

SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Medication Assisted Treatment: Solution or Set-Up for Opiate Addicts? Date:      |     Contributor:   Source:   OdysseyOnline (5/14/19)     |     Category: Summary and Analysis... This article, written by a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, articulates the problems associated with a single pathway approach to recovery. It focuses on drug treatment approaches that exclude alternatives in favor of long-term reliance on drugs such

Christiana Care reports progress in cutting use of opioids

February 13th, 2019|

SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Date:      |     Contributor:   Source:  ( )     |     Category: Summary and Analysis... Christina Care, Delaware's largest health care provider, took a strong action of dramatically cutting back the amount of opioids that were prescribed. This was done as a plan to lower the chronic use of opioids, cut-back the number of opioid addicts and thus

Multiple Pathways to Recovery: A Cause for Hope

December 19th, 2018|

SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Date:      |     Contributor:   Source: CSDAP Original Content     |     Category: That there are multiple pathways to recovery has been an axiom of the recovery community for years. This principle -- that we do best when we support and encourage many approaches to recovery -- goes hand-in-hand with the recognition that recovery is never a one-shot deal. Instead,

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