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What Is Suboxone?

For individuals who have been struggling with opioid addiction for some time, perhaps the most effective means of recovery is medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Opioid addiction brings with it intense and painful withdrawal symptoms. When individuals attempt to quit using opioids, these withdrawal symptoms routinely drive them back to use. As an individual’s body becomes dependent…

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Benefits of Outpatient Treatment Program

When an individual struggles with drug or alcohol addiction, professional treatment is required to properly heal from the addiction. Like any disease, when addiction is left untreated or is not treated properly, individuals will struggle to fully recover and may find themselves unable to function normally at home, in school, or at work. Fortunately, there…

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What is Methadone?

Over the last few years, a form of addiction care called medication-assisted treatment (MAT) has become the gold standard for addressing opioid dependency. MAT is a method by which medical professionals administer medications, such as methadone, to help individuals cope with and overcome their withdrawal symptoms and cravings. The medications combined with therapy has proven…

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What is an MAT Telehealth Program?

When struggling with addiction, having as many treatment options as possible is key to the healing and recovery process. Our medication-assisted treatment program, or MAT, is most effective for individuals struggling with opioid addiction to treat and manage their addiction. Unfortunately, many individuals are unable to find the addiction treatment they need. Whether it is…

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The Differences Between Opiate vs. Opioid

It is not uncommon for individuals to use the terms opiates and opioids interchangeably. Yet, these terms do represent two different, though very similar, classes of drugs. What is the difference between opiate vs. opioid? Understanding the difference can help individuals understand the kind of treatment they need should they or a loved one develop…

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Detox vs. Medication-Assisted Treatment

At Sunlight Medical Services, we have found during our practice that different things work for different people. Some need to be disconnected from the world to heal, while others need to keep living. And, the science moves on – it was previously believed that a person with a substance use disorder absolutely must go through…

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Sublocade Treatment

Sublocade (buprenorphine extended-release) is a prescription medication that addiction treatment centers use to treat a person with moderate to severe addiction to opioids. With the right medication, a person who has an addiction to opioids has a better chance of sustainable recovery without relapse. Why Specialists Use Sublocade Treatment Doctors may prescribe Sublocade to reduce…

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Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis has reached unprecedented levels. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an average of 130 people die from opioid overdose each day. While overdose prevention and access to extensive treatment for opioid addiction are available, the heroin crisis continues to climb annually. Opioids make up a combination of illicit…

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Understanding the Stigmas Around MAT

While it has proven itself to be one of the most effective forms of treating addiction, especially opioid dependency, there are still stigmas around MAT (medication-assisted treatment) programs. The vast majority of these stigmas spring from misinformation, bias, and lack of education about how medication-assisted treatment works. Fortunately, individuals in the medical and recovery community,…

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What Is Medication-Assisted Treatment?

Often, the most difficult part of overcoming drug or alcohol abuse is making it through the experience of severe withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms associated with the recovery process are painful. Thus, many individuals when they attempt an abstinence-only course of treatment tend to relapse. Fortunately, for those struggling with substance use disorder, there’s another effective…