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Addiction and quality of life

  David Best recently wrote a piece on addiction and quality of life. On the role of community in recovery: At the heart of the recovery movement is a shift of emphasis away from “treatment” as a model reliant on … Continue reading

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Quality of life and death

A study out of Australia looks at death rates among opioid addicts receiving opioid substitution treatment (OST, for short. It’s methadone.) in New South Wales between 1985-2005. It’s a HUGE sample–43,789 people. If fact, the paper says: This cohort is … Continue reading

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“I would have welcomed the help, and it would have changed my life.”

A new Reuters story on newborns affected by the opioid epidemic highlights the inadequate treatment provided to addicted pregnant women. In America, a baby is born dependent on opioids every 19 minutes. But doctors aren’t alerting social services to thousands … Continue reading

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“a life beyond imagination, but it was fleeting”

So sad. Thoughts from someone who went to treatment with a British heiress who recently died of addiction. They both stayed sober for more than 10 years and both relapsed. (Warning: I don’t like the writer’s use of the ‘r’ … Continue reading

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Blue Care Network of Michigan tests new opioid treatment with 2 mental health facilities

Why is BCN launching these pilots? “Cost is one factor. We also look at quality of life. Our goal is to help people stay well,” said Beecroft, a psychiatrist, geriatrician and substance abuse specialist. “We have looked at return on … Continue reading

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Effects of MAT on functional outcomes

Recovery from opioid addiction is also more than remission, with remission defined as the sustained cessation or deceleration of opioid and other drug use/problems to a subclinical level—no longer meeting diagnostic criteria for opioid dependence or another substance use disorder. Remission … Continue reading

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Three noteworthy medication assisted treatment (MAT) studies

There have been a few noteworthy medication assisted treatment (MAT) studies published recently. Two studies evaluated the comparative effectiveness of extended-release naltrexone (Vivitrol) versus buprenorphine-naloxone (Suboxone). Anticipation of these studies has been heightened by questions about Vivitrol’s effectiveness and marketing. … Continue reading

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Sentences to Ponder

. . . the clinicians of the future, really need to be oriented in a counselor mode, where they are not just telling you what the options are, but also eliciting from you very clearly what your goals are, and then making a recommendation … Continue reading

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PASSED – Full 911 Good Samaritan Legislation in Michigan

Great news!! Governor Snyder has signed both 911 Good Samaritan Bills. These laws exempt individuals under age 21 from prosecution from drug-related charges when seeking medical aid for themselves or someone else. Take a minute to thank  Governor Snyder, Rep. Sam Singh … Continue reading

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Update 9/28/2016. FULL 911 Good Samaritan Legislation in Michigan

Great news!! Both 911 Good Samaritan Bills have made it to the governor’s desk and are expected to be signed. Take a minute to let the Governor Snyder know this is important to you. While you’re at it, thank Rep. Sam … Continue reading

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