Affluent Neglect

Society expresses great concern for poor, underserved children and the increased likelihood they may lack access to health care and education, or that they may turn to drugs or crime in adulthood. Less attention is paid to children of affluent parents who have their own set of problems. Emotional neglect often goes unnoticed or unreported, which may…

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What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph. in the 1980s, is a type of talk therapy originally designed for high-risk, suicidal people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Today, DBT is used to treat people struggling with a range of complex and intense emotions, including substance abuse and addiction, PTSD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders,…

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The Pandemic-Push: Why are so Many People Suddenly Buying Prescription Drugs Online?

Prescription-med sales skyrocket due to the pandemic, but when does use become abuse? Paracelsus Recovery’s experts weigh in. More and more people are illegally purchasing prescription medication such as anxiety or sleeping pills online as the pandemic takes its toll on our wellbeing. The pandemic has left a mental health crisis in its wake. Rates…

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What is Narcissism?

On Wednesday, Harvey Weinstein’s 23-year prison-sentence marked a historic moment. Because many have called him a narcissistic, Paracelsus Recovery explains what narcissism actually is. Narcissism is a highly complex personality disorder (NPD). A personality disorder is a type of mental illness that leads an individual to have a distorted pattern of thinking and relating to reality. In…

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Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction: Treatment for the Super Wealthy


Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) has helped
countless numbers of people with the difficult addiction to opioid
drugs. Treatment continues to improve as new medications are developed
and older ones are improved. 



The outlook is especially positive when money is no object and rigid
rules and guidelines set forth by insurance companies don’t stand in the
way of the latest cutting-edge treatment.



Here is some of the latest news about medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction.





Buprenorphine is an opioid-based medication that produces much weaker
euphoric effects than heroin or morphine. Although it isn’t new to the
treatment world, it is worth a mention for its ability to markedly
diminish extreme cycles of cravings and withdrawal symptoms, thus
substantially decreasing the risk of relapse.



The good news is that buprenorphine is now available in a monthly
injection, which means users are no longer required to take a pill every



Also relatively new is Probuphine, a matchstick-like insert that
slips under the skin and releases a constant, low dose of buprenorphine
into the body for several months. 


Alpha-2 Adrenergic Agonists



Although research is limited, it appears that clonadine and other
Alpha-2 adrenergic agonists are useful for minimizing the severity of
opioid withdrawal, as well as the duration of detoxification.



Lofexidine hydrochloride is an alpha-2 adrenergic agonist approved in
the U.K. People who use lofexidine are able to detox much faster than
those who use buprenorphine. Withdrawal symptoms are minimized but not
completely eliminated; however, psychological cravings aren’t



Unlike buprenorphine, clonidine and lofexidine contain no narcotics.





Naltrexone is a commonly used drug that blocks the effects of opioid
drugs and alcohol. It has helped many opioid addicts and alcoholics
remain substance-free. 



Newer research indicates that benefits are increased and the duration
of withdrawal symptoms is shortened when naltrexone is combined with





Cassipa, which contains naloxone and buprenophine, is a sublingual
film applied under the tongue. Regular use reduces cravings and
withdrawal symptoms without the unpleasant cycle of highs and lows
generally associated with opioid addiction. 





Although kratom has been used in Asia for centuries, some addiction
specialists think the herbal pain reliever is an important weapon in the
fight against opioid addiction. It has a large following among people
who believe it has helped them manage the pain and discomfort of opioid



Others are concerned, however, that kratom may be addictive, and that
it can induce respiratory depression, including slow, shallow
breathing, and may potentially stop breathing completely. 



The bottom line is that more research is needed and the herb, which
is illegal in some countries, should be used great care. A qualified
treatment center can advise you on its use.


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