Insurance Needs to Treat Mental Health Fairly

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Health plans need to treat mental health fairly In 2008, Congress passed the “Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act,” with a focus on making mental-health and substance-abuse treatment on par with medical care. Today, amid an opioid epidemic, spikes in both childhood trauma, autism spectrum identification, and suicide rates, Americans are still struggling to […]

Non-Pharmacological Approach to Treat Opioid Withdrawal

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Finding an effective, non-pharmacological approach to treat opioid withdrawal could remove some of the barriers associated with pharmacotherapy. The BRIDGE® is a noninvasive, percutaneous electrical nerve field stimulator developed to target pain. Objectives: This pilot study aimed to determine (1) the effects of the BRIDGE on withdrawal scores during the induction phase of opioid withdrawal therapy, (2) the percentage of subjects who successfully […]

FDA grants marketing authorization of the first device for use in helping to reduce the symptoms of opioid withdrawal

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Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted a new indication to an electric stimulation device for use in helping to reduce the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. “Given the scope of the epidemic of opioid addiction, we need to find innovative new ways to help those currently addicted live lives of sobriety with the assistance […]

“The BRIDGE device brings innovation to the field of Addiction Medicine”

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Introduction The acute pain of withdrawals as measured by C.O.W.S. (Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale) is one of the greatest barriers to detoxification and rehabilitation in the industry. While most in-patient and out-patient facilities have protocols in place, many who suffer from this acute and painful time need access to new, safe, nonnarcotic options in pain […]

Naltrexone Science Based Treatment for Alcoholism

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From a Snake Pit to Science About 14 million American adults meet diagnostic criteria for alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence (alcoholism).  Approximately 1.5 million seek treatment for their alcohol-related problems.  Throughout history, attempts to treat alcoholics have been ill conceived and gave disappointing results. An early treatment for alcoholism may have been devised by ancient […]

Medication Assisted Treatment…Naltrexone

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What Is Oral Naltrexone? Naltrexone hydrochloride is a relatively pure and long-lasting opioid antagonist. Oral naltrexone has been used to treat opioid dependence for many years and has been approved to treat alcohol use disorders (AUDs) since 1994. Naltrexone reduces both the rewarding effects of alcohol and craving for it. Brief History of Development Naltrexone […]

Naltrexone Points of Information

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Treatment plans using naltrexone ideally respond to individual patient needs. In that regard, practitioners may want to consider the following evidence-based conclusions: 1. Naltrexone is effective in a variety of alcoholism-treatment settings where motivation to stay in treatment, avoid relapses to heavy drinking, and take medications is supported by appropriate psychosocial therapy. 2. Naltrexone may […]

Methamphetamine…..Crystal Meth

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A 2015 study by UCLA researchers has found that Naltrexone, a drug used to treat alcohol and opiate dependence, may also be a promising treatment for addiction to methamphetamine. “The results were about as good as you could hope for,” said Lara Ray, a UCLA associate professor of psychology, director of the UCLA Addictions Laboratory […]

Role for Cannabis in Treatment for Opioid Addiction?

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Nancy A. Melville The ever-increasing severity of the opioid addiction epidemic provides more justification than ever to pursue the largely overlooked potential of cannabis in the treatment of addiction, and the spread of medical marijuana laws around the country may help give those efforts a needed boost, experts say.   “It […]