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What Substances Can Medication-Assisted Treatment Be Used For?

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications—often in combination with therapy—to treat addiction. Medications like Buprenorphine or Naltrexone help curb cravings and withdrawal symptoms so that people can focus on recovery. Currently, there are medications for both opioid and alcohol use disorder. Naltrexone, for instance, can be used to help with either opioid or…

What’s the Difference Between a Detox and a Recovery Center?

Detox and recovery centers are both parts of treatment for addiction, and may even exist in the same building, but they are not the same thing. They treat people at different stages of early recovery. A detox center helps people get off substances safely and as comfortably as possible. A person looking to stop using…

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What Are Benzos?

Benzodiazepines, often referred to as “benzos,” are depressants that cause sedation. They are commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia, alcohol withdrawal, and seizures. However, people without prescriptions may obtain them in order to get high, and those with a prescription can also misuse them. Potential short-term effects of benzos include drowsiness, confusion, slurred speech, muscle…

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Coping With Anhedonia in Early Recovery

Drugs and alcohol interact with the brain’s reward circuit, which normally helps you experience pleasure from healthy rewards like eating, socializing, listening to music, or having sex. With chronic substance use, the brain adapts by lowering dopamine receptors and diminishing the reward system’s sensitivity. This is why in early recovery, some people experience anhedonia, the…

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All About Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications—typically in combination with therapy—for treating addiction. Medications like Vivitrol or Suboxone help curb cravings and stave off some of the more unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, so that a person can focus on recovery. For now, there are only approved medications for opioid and alcohol use disorder, but research…