The Way to Save Opioid Addicts | Moving Upstream

Addiction experts are in wide agreement on the most effective way to help opioid addicts: Medication-assisted treatment. But most inpatient rehab facilities in the U.S. don’t offer this option. WSJ’s Jason Bellini reports on why the medication option is controversial, and in many places, hard to come by.

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WSJ’s Jason Bellini explores the trends, technologies, […]

November 17th, 2017|Link, Video|0 Comments

The Efficacy of 12-Step Groups and 12-Step Treatment

The massive American treatment enterprise is based on the belief that alcohol and drug abuse can be treated away, and that we know how and are currently able to do so. Despite continuous efforts to establish its validity, this fundamental idea has not been shown to be true. Instead, research has repeatedly questioned whether the […]

November 3rd, 2017|Article, Link|0 Comments

The Effectiveness of the Twelve-Step Treatment

Professor (and Doctor) George E. Vaillant of Harvard University is an enthusiastic advocate of Twelve-Step treatment, and was a Non-alcoholic — Class A — member of the Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. (AAWS) Board of Trustees for many years, until he rotated off. In 1983, he published his book The Natural History of Alcoholism: Causes, Patterns, and […]

October 31st, 2017|Article, Link|0 Comments

This is the only safe way to treat opioid users

By Michael Stein

“I’m detoxing.” This is the sort of news that delights the families of patients who are addicted to heroin. The promise of a seven-day detox solution is seductive.

But detoxification is actually extremely dangerous. Nearly every addict who successfully completes a week-long detox program without further treatment relapses, and in a world with increasingly […]

October 17th, 2017|Article, Link|0 Comments

Exercising can BEAT depression: Just one hour a week can reduce chance of symptoms

EXERCISING for just one hour per week is enough to prevent depression and the work-out does not even need to be intense, a study reveals.

Taking part in even a small amount of exercise each week can significantly reduce the chance of suffering symptoms, researchers showed.

In the largest ever study of its kind, analysis involving more […]

October 3rd, 2017|Article, Link|0 Comments

Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers

Drug companies and doctors have been accused of fueling the opioid crisis, but some question whether insurers have played a role, too.

By KATIE THOMAS and CHARLES ORNSTEIN | SEPT. 17, 2017

This article was written through collaboration between The New York Times and ProPublica, the independent, nonprofit investigative journalism organization.

At a time when the United States […]

September 26th, 2017|Article, Link|0 Comments

Study: Relapse prevention medications like Vivitrol and Suboxone used in drug courts have minimal impact on recidivism

By Rachel Dissell, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A new evaluation of more than two dozen Ohio drug courts found that the only apparent result of giving participants medication for addiction was that some stayed in the court programs longer.

Beyond that, the state-funded study found,use of Medication Assisted Treatment, or MATs, had an otherwise minimal […]

September 7th, 2017|Article, Link|0 Comments

The Real Cause Of America’s Opioid Epidemic

Authored by Mark Thornton via The Mises Institute,

The Opioid epidemic is spreading across the heartland of America. The number of drug overdose deaths from both prescription (e.g., Oxycontin) and black market (e.g., heroin) opiates exceeded 30,000 in 2015. Initial estimates for 2016 indicate yet another new record of deaths. It is such an enormous problem […]

August 22nd, 2017|Article, Link|0 Comments

Surviving Anxiety

I’ve tried therapy, drugs, and booze. Here’s how I came to terms with the nation’s most common mental illness.

I’ve finally settled on a pre-talk regimen that enables me to avoid the weeks of anticipatory misery that the approach of a public-speaking engagement would otherwise produce.

Let’s say you’re sitting in an audience and I’m at the […]

July 3rd, 2017|Article, Link|0 Comments

Seizing on Opioid Crisis, a Drug Maker Lobbies Hard for Its Product

The ads have been popping up on billboards, buses and subways and in glossy magazines, with portraits of attractive men and women and a simple question in bold letters: What is Vivitrol?

Five years ago, Vivitrol was a treatment for opioid addiction that was struggling to find a market. Now, its sales and profile are rising […]

June 12th, 2017|Article, Link|0 Comments