Naltrexone

What is Naltrexone?

Naltrexone is a medication used to treat both opioid and alcohol use disorder. It is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and can be used as a medication-assisted treatment (MAT). MAT is the use of medications—often in combination with therapy—to treat addiction. Naltrexone works by binding to and blocking the opioid receptors in…

Self-Awareness

Building Self-Awareness in Recovery

Self-awareness is an important part of recovery. Learning about both what triggers and what centers you can help you make healthy choices for yourself. Self-awareness also helps all your relationships with other people, improving quality of life and increasing your motivation to stay sober. Reconnecting to Yourself After Active Addiction It can seem like self-awareness…

MAT Substances

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…

comparing residential and outpatient addiction treatment

Comparing Residential and Outpatient Addiction Treatment

Both residential and outpatient addiction treatment offer quality options for regaining your life and living addiction-free. Multiple factors should be considered when deciding which option best fits your needs and lifestyle. Your decision should ultimately be informed by the advice of a medical professional with a consideration for what will produce positive, long-lasting results. Learn…

how to treat substance use disorder

How to Treat Substance Use Disorder

When we talk about substance use compared to substance abuse, we generally discuss the difference between misuse, dependency, and addiction. Alcohol, marijuana, and prescription medications are among the most misused and abused substances. In the past, there has been a focus on potential gateway drugs. This term suggests that the use of less dangerous or…

partial hospitalization program

What are Partial Hospitalization Programs?

Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) are a level of care in addiction treatment. These programs offer more intensive treatment than regular outpatient programs, but unlike with residential treatment, you don’t live at the facility while receiving care. PHPs are typically several hours, three to five days a week. They are great for those who may need…