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How Naloxone Works in Treating Opioid Addiction

How Naloxone Works in Treating Opioid Addiction

How Naloxone Works in Treating Opioid Addiction The United States suffered 70,630 overdose deaths in 2019, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. But many, if not all, of those suffering from an opioid overdose can be saved by the administration of naloxone as soon as an overdose is recognized or even suspected.  EMTs, nurses, and many other medical professionals have been trained in how and when to administer naloxone to save lives. Here’s an overview of how naloxone works and how it helps in the fight against opioid addiction. What is Naloxone? Naloxone is what’s called an “opioid antagonist.” This simply...

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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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New Wytheville Treatment Center Combating Substance Abuse

New Wytheville Treatment Center Combating Substance Abuse WYTHEVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — A new treatment center in Wytheville is hoping to combat substance abuse. “People are dying. They’re dying from overdose. It happens every day,” said Dr. Margaret Gregorczyk, a physician from SaVida Health. The main concern is opioids. According to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), more than 1,000 people died of opioid overdoses in 2018. In Wytheville, it is a similar story. “Everyone in our community, in one way or another, as been touched in some way.” But now, health officials are hoping to change that with the help of a new treatment center provided by SaVida...

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

SaVida Health of Southwest Virginia, a Medical Practice for Opioid and Alcohol Addiction, Opens in Wytheville, VA Wytheville, VA (December 30, 2021) – SaVida Health, a leader in outpatient medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder, opened a new treatment center in the Crockett Professional Building at 350 4th South Street, Suite. D, in Wytheville, VA on March 30th. This is SaVida’s ninth location in Virginia and fourth in Southwest Virginia joining SaVida’s other sites in Abingdon, Woodbridge, Staunton, Culpeper, Fredericksburg, Claypool Hill, Big Stone Gap and Front Royal. All of these locations accept Virginia Medicaid, Medicare and commercial insurance. SaVida offers...

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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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SaVida Health, an Outpatient Medical Practice for Opioid and Alcohol Addiction, Opening in St. Johnsbury, VT

SaVida Health, an Outpatient Medical Practice for Opioid and Alcohol Addiction, Opening in St. Johnsbury, VT   St. Johnsbury, VT (October 21, 2020) – SaVida Health, a leader in outpatient medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder, is opening a new treatment center at 4614 Memorial Dr., St. Johnsbury, VT on March 2, 2021. SaVida offers comprehensive, evidenced based services designed to meet a person's unique needs. In addition to prescribing FDA-approved medications like Suboxone and Vivitrol during scheduled weekly, biweekly or monthly visits, SaVida's licensed professionals also offer psych med management, medical care, counseling, and case management.  Through its case management services,...

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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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