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SaVida Health Opens New Location in Colchester, Vermont (Press Release)

SaVida Health Opens New Location in Colchester, Vermont Announcing the Company’s Fifth Office-Based, Outpatient Addiction Treatment Center in Vermont CHICOPEE, Mass., Oct. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — SaVida Health, a leader in outpatient medication-assisted treatment for opioid and alcohol addiction, is opening a new treatment center in Colchester, VT on October 17th. SaVida Health Colchester is the fifth Vermont location—joining the SaVida Health Bennington, Springfield, Newport, and Vergennes sites. SaVida Health’s holistic and customized approach to care sets it apart from other programs by treating each patient on an individual basis and providing comprehensive, evidenced based services designed to meet a person’s unique needs. In addition to prescribing FDA-approved medications like Suboxone and Vivitrol during weekly, biweekly or monthly visits, SaVida’s licensed professionals also provide medical care, counseling, case management and long-term support. Through [...]

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SaVida Health Opens New Location in Morrisville, Vermont (Press Release)

SaVida Health Opens New Location in Morrisville, Vermont Announcing the Company’s Sixth Office-Based, Outpatient Addiction Treatment Center in Vermont CHICOPEE, Mass., Oct. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — SaVida Health, a leader in outpatient medication-assisted treatment for opioid and alcohol addiction, is opening a new treatment center in Morrisville, VT on October 21st. SaVida Health Morrisville is the sixth Vermont location—joining the SaVida Health Bennington, Springfield, Newport, Vergennes, and Colchester sites. SaVida Health’s holistic and customized approach to care sets it apart from other programs by treating each patient on an individual basis and providing comprehensive, evidenced based services designed to meet a person’s unique needs. In addition to prescribing FDA-approved medications like Suboxone and Vivitrol during weekly, biweekly or monthly visits, SaVida’s licensed professionals also provide medical care, counseling, case management and long-term support. [...]

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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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Suboxone Saved My Life

Suboxone Saved My Life   I grew up believing the lies of addiction stigma. Addiction only happens to bad people. If someone gets hooked on drugs, they can just decide to stop whenever they want. People who come from stable homes don’t need to worry about addiction. Dangerous drugs are sold on the streets by scary-looking dealers. I didn’t have anything to worry about. After all, I wasn’t abused as a child or abandoned by my parents. I got good grades in school, graduated from college (twice), landed a great job, and had a wonderful group of friends. I wasn’t in danger of getting hooked on drugs. Looking back, I was embarrassingly naïve. A Common Path to Addiction My addiction story begins like so many [...]

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You Can Transition From Methadone to Suboxone – I’m Living Proof

You Can Transition From Methadone to Suboxone – I’m Living Proof   Getting off methadone can be difficult. When done properly, however, switching from methadone to Suboxone can make for a smart transition plan. People have different reasons for making the switch from methadone to Suboxone. Some of the most common motivations include: A desire to avoid daily clinic visits and long wait times to dose Perceived stigma associated with methadone and/or methadone clinics A desire to break free of highly regulated methadone treatment programs Long distance travel required in order to attend the methadone clinic Resolving adverse cardiac effects developed while taking methadone Continued abuse of opiates while in a methadone program What to Expect in Transitioning From Methadone to Suboxone When it comes to switching from methadone to [...]

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Addiction is a Chronic Disease, Not a Moral Weakness

Addiction is a Chronic Disease, Not a Moral Weakness   In 2016, former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D. released the office’s historic, first-ever report titled Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. The report publicly confirmed what researchers have known for years: addiction is a chronic illness that is accompanied by significant changes in the brain. Murthy said, “We have to recognize (addiction) isn’t evidence of a character flaw or a moral failing. It’s a chronic disease of the brain that deserves the same compassion that any other chronic illness does.” He went on to recommend evidence-based early interventions for young people, expansion of treatment programs that are proven to work, and investment in substance use prevention and [...]

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Myth vs. Fact: The Truth About Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Myth vs. Fact: The Truth About Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)   Every day, approximately 130 people in America die from opioid overdose. And for the first time in our nation’s history, people are now more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than a car crash. Medication assisted treatment (MAT) – a combination of counseling and an FDA-approved medication – is considered the gold standard treatment for opioid use disorder. Medications approved for use in treatment include: Methadone: An opiate agonist that binds to receptors in the brain, effectively blocking cravings and eliminating withdrawal symptoms. Buprenorphine (Suboxone): A partial opioid agonist that produces weaker euphoric effects and less respiratory depression. It has a “ceiling effect” that lowers the risk of misuse, dependency, and side [...]

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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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