Finding the Keys to Overcoming the Opioid Crisis

Contributed by Staff of Timberline Knolls In 2017, the president labeled opioid abuse in the United States as a “total epidemic,” issuing an executive order which effectively created a commission particularly designed to combat opioid addiction and the current opioid crisis. While the appointment of this commission focused upon addressing this crisis, policymakers and healthcare [...]
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Connection Between Opioid Addiction and Mental Illness

Man on the beach fighting Opioid addiction Contributed by Staff Member of Timberline Knolls Opioids are effective pain relievers. Yet, they can also lead to dependence or addiction.  At the same time, patients with mental health issues are more vulnerable to become dependent on opioids. Alternately, long-term use of opioids can also heighten the risk of developing a mental health problem. Understanding [...]
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Methadone & Buprenorphine: Combatting Opiate Addiction

Man talking to doctor about receiving approved medications like methadone and buprenorphine treatment for addiction More than 2.3 million Americans are battling an opioid use disorder (OUD), but only less than half of this population are receiving approved medications like methadone and buprenorphine to treat the disorder. This is despite the fact that medication is the only treatment supported by years of evidence depicting its efficacy in assisting patients to recover [...]
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Do We Inherit our Tendency Toward Addiction?

DNA Strand Addiction has long been misperceived as a moral failing and weakness of character. It is now, finally, being discussed for what it really is: a mental illness entailing a complex combination of genetic and environmental elements. This raises the question if one’s tendency toward addiction is inherited? Numerous studies have confirmed so. A study assessing [...]
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