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National Recovery Month 2019: The Power of a Strong Support System

National Recovery Month 2019: The Power of a Strong Support System   National Recovery Month is celebrated every September. Now in its 30th year, this initiative boosts treatment awareness and celebrates the successes of those in recovery. This month is an opportunity to bring visibility to recovery, highlight the effective treatments available, display the strength of support communities, dismantle the stigma surrounding addiction, and bring a message of hope to those who need it the most. But National Recovery Month isn’t just for those in recovery. It’s also a special time for anyone who’s been impacted by the disease of addiction and the power of a loved one’s recovery. And, of course, it’s an especially important month of recognition for those who [...]

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Medicaid Makes Outpatient Opioid Addiction Treatment Affordable

Medicaid Makes Outpatient Opioid Addiction Treatment Affordable The opioid epidemic takes a staggering toll on the United States. In the past two decades, around 400,000 people have died from opioid-related overdoses. And for the first time, Americans are now more likely to die from opioid overdose than from a car crash. Needless to say, access to opioid addiction treatment is more important than ever. Isn’t Addiction Treatment Expensive? We know that cost is generally the number one barrier that prevents access to treatment. Many inpatient treatment programs can cost tens of thousands of dollars for 30-day stays. While inpatient or residential treatment can be useful for some people, not everyone needs to live in a treatment center in order to achieve recovery. Outpatient medication-assisted treatment (MAT), however, is [...]

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New Jersey Paramedics Can Now Offer Patients Suboxone After Overdose

New Jersey Paramedics Can Now Offer Patients Suboxone After Overdose   This is a first for the addiction treatment world. Last month, the New Jersey health commissioner authorized its paramedics to administer the drug buprenorphine (brand name Suboxone) to patients after their overdose had been reversed using the opioid antidote naloxone. This groundbreaking model has two specific goals. The first goal is treating opioid withdrawal symptoms caused by administration of naloxone. Naloxone (also known as Narcan) is an “opioid antagonist” that reverses the life-threatening effects of opioids – specifically depression of the central nervous system and respiratory system. Simply put, naloxone helps to stimulate an overdose victim’s breathing and support improved blood pressure. While its life-saving results are celebrated in the moment, naloxone can [...]

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Your Guide to Virginia Medicaid Coverage and Opioid Addiction Treatment

Your Guide to Virginia Medicaid Coverage and Opioid Addiction Treatment   In the face of our nation’s opioid crisis, Virginia stands as a pioneer for positive change. The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) recently rolled out significant Medicaid policy changes that increase both Medicaid eligibility and access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) – a lifesaving treatment for people struggling with opioid addiction. MAT combines anti-addiction medications like buprenorphine – known by its brand name Suboxone – with behavioral therapy and case management. Studies show MAT can reduce the death rate among opioid addiction patients by half or more. Additional research shows anti-addiction medications do a better job of keeping people in treatment than treatments that don’t use anti-addiction medications. With wider access to Medicaid and a growing [...]

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