Opioid Addiction Treatment Implants

In May of 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved buprenorphine implants for treatment of opioid dependence. Developed to provide constant, low-dose release of buprenorphine into the bloodstream of addicts, opioid addiction treatment implants such as FDA-approved Probuphine are now being prescribed to people in treatment programs who are taking “low to moderate doses of other forms of buprenorphine.”

Non-implant buprenorphine is currently the standard treatment given to recovering opioid addicts. Taken in pill form or as a piece of film placed against the inside of the cheek or under the tongue until dissolved, buprenorphine is an opioid partial agonist, or a drug that causes effects similar to opioids but with much less intensity. However, with each dose taken by a recovering addict, these effects increase until they level off at moderate doses. Doctors refer to this as a “ceiling effect” of buprenorphine that greatly reduces the risk of dependency and misuse often seen in addicts taking methadone to fight a heroin addiction.

How to Find the Best Drug Rehab for You

Substance abuse is a big problem that affects many people, including the younger crowd. In fact, it is estimated that during the past 30 days alone, approximately 20 million Americans 12 years or older have used an illegal drug. This makes up around eight percent of the US population who are 12 years old or older. These illicit drugs include cocaine (and crack), hallucinogens, heroin, hashish/marijuana, prescription drugs (without a prescription) and inhalants.

high school seniors and alcohol use

Alcohol is another substance that is abused the most by adolescents, with 39 percent of seniors in high school being reported to have consumed alcohol. Another 23 percent report using marijuana and 16 percent report smoking cigarettes. Most, if not all, drugs can have negative health effects associated with them, including addiction.

If you are suffering with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it’s important that you know how to find the best drug rehab for you.

The Importance of Counseling in Addiction Recovery

Kicking your habit — or supporting a loved one through their journey towards sobriety — is a lifelong task that requires consistent use of coping mechanisms. Addiction relapse rates, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, are comparable to those of asthma, diabetes and other chronic diseases. In other words, your risk of a relapse, no matter how long you’ve been clean, is very real. That’s why we cannot stress enough the importance of counseling in drug addiction recovery.

Counseling is an essential tool to help you to stay clean even when your physical dependence has passed. Numerous social and psychological factors can be powerful stimuli during your recovery battle. These include:

  • Stress
  • Social occasions, such as birthdays and family celebrations
  • Environmental stimuli, like visiting a certain place or neighborhood that you equate with your habit

These are just some of the factors that can reignite your urge to begin to use alcohol or drugs again.

Addiction and Hepatitis C

Hepatitis is one of the most common diseases affecting addicts who reuse needles or share needles with other addicts who have hepatitis. Although several different types of viral hepatitis exist, drug addicts who use needles are more likely to be diagnosed with hepatitis C than hepatitis A or B.

Since hepatitis is a viral disease, it’s difficult to treat with medications. Consequently, HCV often develops into a chronic condition that addicts must deal with the rest of their lives. When hepatitis viruses enter the bloodstream, they immediately target the liver where they use liver cells to replicate. A liver inflamed by HCV causes symptoms that emerge from the inability of the liver to purify the addict’s bloodstream and lymphatic system.

Like numerous virus strains, the hepatitis C virus can remain dormant for several years before it starts replicating in the liver and causing symptoms.

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