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Addiction Recovery

What to Know About Mental Health Addicition and Medication 1

What to Know About Mental Health, Addiction and Medication

What to know about mental health, addiction and medication As of 2018, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that nearly 40% of adults suffering with addiction were also diagnosed with an additional mental illness. This is often called a “comorbidity” or “co-occurring” disorder. Medications used to treat some mental health problems can be harmful to addiction recovery. Sometimes, the medications themselves are classified as narcotics and can trigger someone’s disease of addiction. Other times, side effects from certain medications can make addiction recovery more difficult. It’s helpful to discuss your specific conditions, medications, and treatment options with your doctor. What to...

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Addiction is a disease destigmatizing the term “addict” 1

Addiction is a disease: destigmatizing the term “addict”

Addiction is a disease: destigmatizing the term “addict” Someone dies from a drug overdose every 7.5 minutes in the United States, according to the latest figures from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA). This is nearly a 100% increase since 2010. These deaths mean orphaned children, childless parents and crushed spouses. By understanding and destigmatizing addiction, those numbers can be reduced. When people feel less guilt and shame about having the disease of chemical dependency, they seek treatment and begin recovery sooner. Addiction is a disease destigmatizing the term “addict” 1 What is addiction? According to NIDA, addiction is defined as a chronic...

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What is Sublocade and how does it help treat opioid addiction

What is Sublocade and how does it help treat opioid addiction?

What is Sublocade and how does it help treat opioid addiction? In 2020, 10 people died of an opioid overdose every hour, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Getting individuals who are addicted to opioids treated for their disease is critical to saving lives all over the country. However, this can be difficult when people are trying to juggle work, childcare, school and other responsibilities. They often feel as though there's not time for them to leave their job, family and daily life to enter an inpatient treatment facility for weeks or months at a time. This is...

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Medication Assisted Treatment Pathways for Opioid Addicition 1

Medication-assisted treatment pathways for opioid addiction

Medication-assisted treatment pathways for opioid addiction   Medication-assisted treatment pathways for opioid addiction. In the United States, nearly 1 in 3 patients who are prescribed opioids reportedly misuse them. These drugs are highly addictive and potentially harmful, and the opioid epidemic in America has tragically and distressingly spun out of control. Every day, more than 128 individuals die from an opioid overdose, as thousands more struggle with their addiction. But all is not lost. There are a number of treatment options available to help individuals struggling with opioid addiction and misuse, as well as their families. The most effective way is through...

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How to Talk to a Loved One About Addiction

How to Talk About Addiction to Your Family and Friends

How to talk about addiction to your family and friends How to talk about addiction to your family and friends. When you come to terms with your addiction and decide to seek treatment, you probably want to talk to your family and friends about your plans. Understandably, you might feel anxious when you think about talking to your loved ones about your alcohol or opioid addiction. You face a lot of unknowns, including whether they will blame you, minimize your addiction, support your decision or have some other reaction. These discussions can go in unexpected directions, so it’s good to be...

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6 New Years resolutions on the road to recovery SaVida Health

6 New Year’s Resolutions on the Road to Recovery

6 New Year's Resolutions on the Road to Recovery The dawning of a new year is a time for reflection, but it’s also a time for new beginnings. Whatever has gone before can be left behind in the past. Your future is what you make it. And while it’s only natural to reflect on times before sobriety, looking forward to a positive recovery is crucial. Treat this New Year as a celebration of your recovery but never forget that you’re on a never-ending journey. You can make the coming year happier and more fulfilling by making some key changes to your...

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SaVida Health of Southwest Virginia a Medical Practice for Opioid and Alcohol Addiction Opens in Wise County VA

SaVida Health of Southwest Virginia, a Medical Practice for Opioid and Alcohol Addiction, Opens in Wise County, VA

SaVida Health of Southwest Virginia, a Medical Practice for Opioid and Alcohol Addiction, Opens in Wise County, VA Big Stone Gap, VA (December 2, 2020) – SaVida Health, a leader in outpatient medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder, opened a new treatment center at 310 Cloverleaf Square, Suite B2, in Big Stone Gap, VA on December 1st. This is SaVida’s eighth location in Virginia and third in Southwest Virginia joining SaVida’s other sites in Abingdon, Woodbridge, Staunton, Culpeper, Fredericksburg, Claypool Hill and Front Royal. SaVida offers comprehensive, evidenced based services designed to meet a person's unique needs. In addition to prescribing...

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New Years

Happy New Year: 5 Proactive Relapse Prevention Ideas

  Happy New Year: 5 Proactive Relapse Prevention Ideas The 2019 holiday season is coming to a close. You made it through the Christmas holiday with your sobriety intact, and that’s something to celebrate. Just one more holiday milestone to navigate: New Year’s. New Year’s Eve 2019 is set to be one of the biggest parties of the year, especially since we’re on the verge of ushering in a new decade. That means, in order to celebrate the holiday and maintain your recovery, you have to set yourself up for success. And you do that by taking smart proactive steps and doing...

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5 Tips to Protect Your Recovery During the Holidays

  5 Tips to Protect Your Recovery During the Holidays As we talked about in our last blog post, the holiday season can be difficult for people in recovery. Things like unrealistic expectations, family dysfunction, unhealthy eating and drinking, financial strain, travel complications, and fatigue are unfortunately common around the holidays. When these triggers pop up, they can easily increase the risk of relapse. Guard Your Recovery No matter where you are in your recovery journey – whether you’re new to sobriety or you’ve been sober for years – it pays to be cautious during the holidays. With that in mind, below are five...

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Why Are the Holidays So Stressful for People in Recovery?

Why Are the Holidays So Stressful For People in Recovery? The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. For those of us in recovery, however, the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can be a time of increased anxiety, temptation, and potential backsliding. The holiday season has a unique ability to bring out the best and the worst in people. There’s an increased focus on family, friends, and social interaction during this time. However, increased stress, unexpected triggers, and unrealistic expectations can quickly outweigh the positive qualities of the season. What Makes the Holidays So Difficult...

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