Group Therapy During Recovery

Group Therapy During Recovery

Counseling is a pillar in treating people for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). OUD is more than just a physical dependence on substances. There are various psychological and social factors that can be addressed through therapy that can advance recovery and reduce the risk of relapse. While many types of therapy can be useful during Medical…

Tapering Off Suboxone

Tapering Off Suboxone

Suboxone has been shown to be an effective treatment in relieving withdrawal symptoms during Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) of Opioid Use Disorder, especially with outpatient recovery. The main ingredient in Suboxone is Buprenorphine, a partial agonist that reacts with the brain’s opioid receptors without creating the euphoria of stronger opioids. You can create a dependency…

What is Suboxone? How Does it Work?

What is Suboxone? How Does it Work?

Suboxone is often the M in Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder. It is a sublingual film with a combination of its active ingredients – Buprenorphine and naloxone – that creates unique properties that lower the potential for misuse or overdose and diminish the withdrawal symptoms and cravings caused by physical dependency on…

How Long Does Opioid Withdrawal Last?

How Long Does Opioid Withdrawal Last?

Many people ask, “How long will a person experience opioid withdrawal?” As you might suspect, it can depend on the individual and several other factors, such as: the length of time using the substance the substance itself the method of abuse (e.g., snorting, smoking, injecting, or swallowing) the amount taken each time family history and…

Signs of Opioid Use Disorder

Signs of Opioid Use Disorder

Your intuition is heightened. Your loved one, your friend, your co-worker is behaving differently. He or she is sending physical or psychological signals that something is askew. You suspect that Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), sometimes also referred to as Substance Use Disorder (SUD) might be the cause, and you want to help, but you don’t…

The Stigma of Opioid Use Disorder

The Stigma of Opioid Use Disorder

One of the biggest hurdles to fighting Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) can be stigma. It is a formidable barrier. Our society demeans, ostracizes, and in some cases, criminalizes, creating a perception that OUD is a moral failure, a hopeless addiction that only befalls certain types of people, instead of as the chronic illness that it…

How Does Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Occur?

How Does Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Occur?

So, what happens in an individual’s chemistry when he or she takes opioids? Well, let’s start at what happens naturally. You may not realize this, but the human body produces its own natural opioids, called endorphins. Endorphins are released when a person experiences pain, excitement, love, sex, or exercise. These endorphins attach themselves to the…