President Trump signed sweeping legislation last week to tackle the nationwide opioid epidemic. As the country is ravaged by the staggering numbers of drug overdose deaths, the new bill is aimed at helping people overcome addiction and preventing addictions before they start.
In cities across America, the synthetic opioid fentanyl has created a public health crisis of unprecedented magnitude. The drug, mostly unknown just a few years ago has led to record-setting overdose deaths and appears to be the new and deadly face of the opioid epidemic.
Brain researchers have made great strides in recent generations contributing to a much deeper understanding of what underlies the addictive processes. An understanding of the way addiction hijacks the brain can help to explain why so many who want to stop are powerless in the face of a strong desire to quit.
While some discomfort when detoxing off opiates is inevitable, a significant amount can be alleviated with medication. Known as medicated-assisted treatment (MAT), this evidence-based approach to recovery involves the use of FDA-approved medications (along with counseling and behavior therapies) to treat those addicted to heroin and other opiates.
Oddly, it can be astonishingly difficult to diagnose oneself as an alcoholic or an addict. Our lives can be burnt to the ground, in smoldering flames all around us, and yet we still can’t see it. If you’re unsure if you’ve got a problem or not, we offer some things to consider.
Detoxing at home from alcohol or benzodiazepines (drugs like Valium, Xanax, Ativan), can seem easier, less expensive and more comfortable, but can also pose serious health risks. Read on to learn more.