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Cold-Turkey Detox Not a Cure for Addiction

Does detoxification cure addiction? Not according to a new movement within the addiction medicine field. In fact, this movement is challenging the entire notion that when a person cleanses his body of toxic chemicals he is on the road to recovery. “That’s a really pernicious myth, and it has erroneous implications,” (Gordon, 2017, paragraph 9) Dr. Frederic Baurer, president of the Pennsylvania Society of Addiction Medicine, says. Baurer, who has been treating addiction for over 30 years adds, “The focus should be on a stabilizing treatment plan, not on detox” (Gordon, 2017, paragraph 30). Elvis Rosado can testify to the need for such a plan. While he...

Methadone: Tapering Off and Taking Life Back

“We sometimes take the general idea that people with addiction issues can't choose or think for themselves” (Meyer, 2017, paragraph 4) says Laura Meyer, pioneer of the methadone tapering program. As a mental health professional, Meyer was used to person-centered treatment where clients get final say in how they want to live. She wanted a way to offer the same choices to addiction clients who wanted to taper off methadone. “I to see more choices in medication-assisted treatment,” She explains (Meyer, 2017, p.5). Meyer said that, at first, all she could offer the many patients who wanted to taper was hope. When she met a...

Desperately Seeking Solutions to Reduce Opioid Crisis in America

Every year, The Drug Enforcement Administration reports on the trafficking and abuse of illicit drug use in the United States. If you're wondering what constitutes illicit drug use, the answer is simple. It is the misuse of both illegal and controlled prescribed drugs and informs events like overdosing, drug poisoning, violent crimes, unintentional and intentional injuries, international involvement and death (Drug Enforcement Administration Strategic Intelligence, 2016). Over the course of a 10-year time frame, the DEA has described the current national drug threat as the greatest of all time. This trend was ignited by cocaine use in 2007, which labeled the drug as a substance...