To those naïve about addiction, the words “heroin” and “suburbs” may not seem to go together. But in fact, it’s the perfect marriage – a marriage made in hell. It’s a connection fueled by ample resources, stigma and easy access to the drug hubs of major cities. Some of the nation’s most severe heroin epidemics […]
Although rates of addiction are higher than they’ve ever been, the vast majority of the population still has a very poor understanding of how addiction works and, further, very little desire to understand addiction better. Most people believe that when an addict is unable to remain sober after treatment, it’s due to the addict’s lack […]
Thanks to the candor of subjects interviewed in a new survey about painkillers, we now have even further evidence of just how addictive opioids are. What’s disturbing is that while most said their doctors warned them of the potential for addiction, they did not discuss how to wean their patients off the drugs to keep […]
The chronic nature of opioid relapse, and a reluctance of many addicts to seek help, means a new, comprehensive approach to treatment is needed. Researchers often say an opiate addict’s best chance at long-term recovery includes medication-assisted therapies, such as methadone or buprenorphine as well as psychological treatment.
One of the most intriguing — and significant — questions surrounding the issue of addiction has to do with susceptibility. What is it, exactly, that makes one person more likely to become addicted to alcohol or drugs than another person? It’s a loaded question that we know has many different answers. Some of the most […]