Rising Opioid Addiction: What Is It and How to Treat It

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More than 2.5 million Americans are opioid dependent and opioid addiction has tripled over a 10-year period.  As the nation’s fastest growing drug problem, the Obama administration calls opioid addiction an epidemic and a major public health and public safety crisis.  But who is suffering may surprise you.
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A new survey conducted by the nonprofit organization National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment (NAABT) shows that, while drug addiction may start early on in one’s life, it affects people of all ages and economic standing.  And, not so surprisingly close to 60 percent of respondents’ opioid addiction began with treatment of acute or chronic pain. 
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The good news is that novel new treatments may help make it easier for people with addictive disorders to go into remission from this potentially deadly disorder because of more convenient formulations and improved side effect profiles.  Experts hope the options will improve treatment compliance and help patients stay off opioids so they can begin the process of rebuilding their lives.
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Unfortunately, the survey also showed that 40 percent of patients who were seeking medical treatment for their addiction did not find a physician for weeks or months, and once they did there was a waiting list for 58 percent of respondents and over 25 percent reported obtaining treatment without a prescription.
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For anyone struggling with addiction, experts urge them to get help.
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CLICK LINK TO LISTEN TO MY INTERVIEW WITH:   http://we.tl/GNfQCyS8KA
 
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Tim Lepak, president of the nonprofit organization National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment (NAABT)
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Richard Soper, MD, JD, MS, FASAM, Diplomat- ABAM; has treated, consulted, advised, taught, mentored and counseled for over eighteen years in private practice, Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Soper is founding editor and current Editor-in-Chief of the American Society of Addiction Medicine e-weekly news journal with 16,000 subscribers.  His areas of expertise include childhood trauma, psychopharmacology of addiction, the scientific basis of addiction, substance abuse and medical-legal issues of treatment and addiction. He currently serves on several regional and national medical organizations committees and advisory boards.
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Click here http://we.tl/GNfQCyS8KA for answers to:
·       What is an opiate and why is it so addictive?
·       Who is suffering from opioid dependence and why the surge in recent years?
·       Why is opioid addiction so difficult to treat?  Why do so many patients relapse?
·       How is opioid dependence treated? What can you tell us about new treatment options?
·       Why is it so difficult for some patients to find doctors who can/will prescribe this new class of drugs?
·       How do you know if you or someone you love is experiencing an active addiction to opioids?
·       What is the first step someone can take if they think they’re experiencing an active addiction to opioids?
·       Where can our viewers/listeners go to for more information?
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 Visit www.naabt.org for more tips and information on available resources as well as more detailed survey results. Click here for interview with experts discussing how to overcome opioid dependence:  http://we.tl/GNfQCyS8KA
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Stay healthy!  -Maria
 headshot1     MARIA DORFNER is the founder of MedCrunch, a division of Healthy Within Network (HWN).
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