Category: Addiction

HIV & Substance Use Disorder: Treatment Can Help

Man understanding how his genetics can affect alcoholism There is a correlation between substance use disorders and HIV [1]. Research shows that this correlation may be due to increased risk-taking behavior while intoxicated or the transmission of bodily fluids through intravenous drugs [1]. Given the potential for serious medical complications, it is important to decrease the transmission rate of HIV. Treating substance use [...]
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Kratom: 2020 Review of the Hope and Hype

Southeast Asia Landscape Coffee Plants Mitragyna speciose or Kratom is a plant in the coffee family (Rubiaceae) native to Southeast Asia and Thailand [1]. Their leaves have caused opioid-like and stimulant responses upon ingestion. Kratom is also known as Biak, Ketum, Kakuam, or Ithang or Thom. The principle pharmacologically active compounds present in Kratom are the indole alkaloids, mitragynine, and [...]
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Professionals with Addiction

Aging Man with Oxycontin addiction The stigma attached to addiction is extensive and shameful for those who struggle with substance use particularly for professionals with addiction. Society has a way of seeing people as labels. When someone is faced with addiction, there is the fear of being labeled as an “addict” or “junkie,” rather than a person who is struggling [...]
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Discussing Seeking Substance Use Disorder Treatment with Loved Ones

Nature Path Through Trees in Forest Research shows that support from loved ones can help decrease substance use [1]. Some people struggling with substance use or addictions keep their behavior a secret, especially from loved ones. This can be due to feeling ashamed, a desire to continue using substances, or fear of judgment. This can make it challenging to share with [...]
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Saving Lives with Naltrexone – Vivitrol: A Crucial Defense in OUD

Doctor thinking about moving Methadone to Primary Care Opioid use disorder (OUD) is a chronic, life-threatening, relapsing condition, often associated with legal, interpersonal, and employment problems. FDA approved safe and effective medications for OUD are methadone (a full opioid agonist), Buprenorphine (a partial agonist), Naltrexone, and Naltrexone-long-acting injectable or Vivitrol (opioid antagonists). Methadone and Buprenorphine suppress opioid withdrawal symptoms by being other opioid [...]
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