Medicated Treatment ..
The most successful modern way to help people who suffer from the disease of addiction. Specifically the people who suffer from any type of opioid addiction. We know to the addict it seems like an unattainable goal. Many give up. However, we’re living proof to tell you this is something you can do!
Which is best for me?
How to discover which medicated treatment option is best for you isn’t as difficult as you may think. For the past dozen or so years rehabs and “treatment centers” have convoluted the concept. But what the recovery community has found is going back to what has been working for over 50 years; or the don’t fix what isn’t broke idea should still be the top option. Medication with counseling and exercise.
What does this mean? Currently we endorse 3 treatment options, but we do not encourage any of them alone. Meaning, medication only will not work. You will need to see a clinical or addiction counselor, exercise, and live healthy. Please view the FAQ to see all 3 treatments we currently recommend.
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What are the options..
There are people in the recovery community who do not fully understand the medical dynamics of certain addictions. We now know someone who abuses something like Vicodin for over 1 year has flooded their brain with so much dopamine it becomes dependent on this drug as a part of their brains normal subroutine. During the time of active addiction the brain becomes chemically imbalanced. The brain adjusts and corrects the imbalance based on the new amount of dopamine as the baseline or normal level. Obviously the new amount is entirely too much, and this imbalance can be fixed with medication, proper counseling, and most importantly time.
So what happens when we take the drug away? The exact opposite of pleasure, relaxation, and being content. In a normal functioning brain this is what dopamine provides, in minimal amounts. This is what addicts fear most. This is where the monkey wrench is thrown into an otherwise easily remedied epidemic. The most used (most profitable) and least successful strategy for opioid addiction is based on AA and the 12 step model using abstinence as treatment. Unfortunately for the AA model, our brains naturally create dopamine, but it will never be able to recreate the natural amounts of dopamine to match any type of normal pleasure, relaxation, or contentment previous to the addiction. The “post acute withdrawal” issue was never addressed within the AA model and contributed to a gigantic number of relapses and deaths.
It’s not all bad news! Using the Medicated Treatment option over time and with the right medication your brain will heal itself. It may not get back to 100% or the way it was before your addiction but it’ll get you within the 99% percentile. Medicated treatment can lead people to live without the fear of post acute withdrawal symptoms, chronic imbalances in dopamine levels, and deadly relapses. I save the best for last, this treatment will also reveal a way to become a productive and healthy member of society.
Why Medicated Treatment?
Why do we talk about “Medicated Treatment” and not abstinence or a 12 step program? The answer is simple. We are trying to keep our youth alive. We are fed up with the overdose deaths, and those speficially from people who are in a program of abstinence.
After a few decades of research we now know for a fact over 80% of overdose deaths are from people who are in some kind of program which preaches abstinence or people who either just got out of a treatment center or jail (for a drug possession or paraphernalia charge).
What can we do with this research? We are already realizing methadone coupled with counseling is far and away the best option for opioid addicts. The success rate is over 80% while 12 step programs boast a success rate of 5% or less.
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