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What is it Like to be on Suboxone?

Suboxone is the most commonly used form of buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid addiction. Buprenorphine has been in use for about 15 years now and is one of the most effective ways of preventing opioid relapse. Buprenorphine use, and medication assisted treatment–or MAT–more generally, is sometimes criticized as replacing one addiction with another.Read More

How Do I Know if I’m an Alcoholic?

We live in a drinking culture and sometimes the line between drinking a little too much and having an actual problem is hard to define. If someone you know has expressed concern about your drinking or if you just feel like you’ve been hitting it a little too hard lately, here are some indications thatRead More

What Vermont Can Teach Us About Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

New England is the region most adversely affected by the opioid crisis, with a fatal overdose rate of nearly 25 people for every 100,000, whereas the national average is closer to 16. New Hampshire, in particular, has the second highest rate of fatal overdoses in the country, behind West Virginia. Despite that, New Hampshire’s neighbor,Read More

What is a “Functional Alcoholic”?

A “functional alcoholic” is someone who appears to live a normal, or even successful life despite having an alcohol use disorder. While the word “alcoholic” evokes an image of someone whose life is falling apart, that image is not always accurate. It might not even be mostly accurate. Alcohol addiction tends to develop more slowlyRead More

Equine Therapy: Horses Can Drag You Away

Equine therapy–therapy that involves caring for horses–has become common for treating a variety of issues, including addiction. There are various levels of involvement in equine therapy. It could entail coming to stables regularly to spend time with horses, or it could entail working full time on a ranch that specializes in treatment. Whatever form equineRead More

What is ACT and How Does it Help with Addiction?

ACT stands for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. It has been around for about 30 years but has come into the mainstream relatively recently. It has been shown to be effective in treating a range of challenges including depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and addiction. Many treatment programs and therapists use at least some aspects of ACT.Read More

Addiction Treatment for Couples

In couples, if one person has addiction problems, it’s common for the other person to have addiction problems as well. This is especially true for women–that is, a woman struggling with addiction is more likely than a man to have a partner who is also struggling with addiction. This can be a problem for someoneRead More

Can Yoga Help with Addiction Recovery?

Everyone knows exercise is good for recovery. Many would even say it’s essential. It lowers stress and raises your heart rate. It helps reduce pain and body fat. It’s good for your brain, especially the prefrontal cortex, which helps you control yourself, and the hippocampus, which helps you learn. What about yoga? Is there anythingRead More

How Pets Can Help in Recovery

Pets can make life better in a number of ways, especially if you are in recovery. Pets are a lot of responsibility; you have to feed them every day, you have to make sure they get enough exercise, and they need toys and somewhere to sleep. You have to take them to the vet bothRead More

Is Moderate Drinking Good for Your Health?

Everyone knows that excessive drinking is bad for your health, although most people would say they don’t drink excessively. For years there have been studies claiming that moderate drinking–typically one or two drinks per day–actually has some health benefits. Like most health and science news, however, whether or not moderate drinking is healthy seems toRead More