Federal regulators have relaxed restrictions on physicians prescribing the opioid addiction treatment drug buprenorphine to patients. –American Medical News
This is really good for the drug companies but not so good for addicts and their families. The doctors that are “trained” many times do not understand addiction. Many times they do not require abstinence from other drugs and rarely push the issue of treatment. Opioid replacement is a good option for many people, but my experience has shown that the people that were addicted to other drugs prior to opioid addiction, or started heavily abusing drugs at an early age don’t do as well. They tend to have a poor quality of life, and continuously relapse. More doctors that are untrained regarding addiction and prescribing this drug is not the answer. Methadone clinics require urine drug screening and participation in some sort of treatment participation, shouldn’t we have the same expectation for this form of opioid replacement.
The majority of the calls I receive are from the family member of adolescents and adults addicted to opioid type drugs like Oxycodone. We did such a great job of getting behind the “Ice Epidemic” here on Maui. My hope is that we do the same for what is now a “prescription drug addiction epidemic.” We are losing too many young people to this epidemic. My heartfelt prayers go out to the family of this young man. I posted this in hopes that people realize the seriousness of this issue.
Behavioral Health Hawaii is proud to say that we offer evidenced based treatment. Debbie Bayer attends conferences regularly to stay up on the most effective ways to treat the disease of addiction. Learn more in the below article from PsychCentral.
Last month, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University released a five-year study assessing the state of addiction treatment in the U.S. Among other findings, CASA reported that only one in 10 people in need of addiction treatment get it, and of those who do, most “do not receive anything that approximates evidence-based care.” Evidence-based care does exist in a minority of treatment centers, but how does one go about finding it? What exactly is evidence-based care? In short, evidence-based care is treatment that is backed by scientific research.
Let’s face it addicts and alcoholic’s are hard to love. Rather, their behavior is hard to love. It’s easy to say ” I give up, nothing works, they will have to hit bottom, they don’t want help.” I can understand why loved ones feel that way. You spend thousands of dollars, countless sleepless nights, begging, bargaining, aruging to no avail. The addict steals, lies, and breaks your heart. Just when you think they are getting better, they are using/drinking again. What I can tell you is that it takes an understanding of the disease of addiction and a lot of outside help to find the strenght to hang in there and keep the hope alive. When loved ones tell me that “they have done everything, nothing works,” most of the time they have spent their time, money, and energy doing what doesn’t work. Many people send the addict to residential treatment thinking everything should be fine when they get back. The treatment industry fails families when they don’t inform them that the residential treatment stay is just the tip of the iceberg, it will take years to recover. We spend all the time during the crisis period when the most dangerous time is when it’s life as usual. It doesn’t matter how many times the addict has been to treatment. It may matter financially, many families have spent thousands on treatment. Here on Maui residents can get treatment at Aloha House for very little money. Aloha House accepts quest insurance and has state contracts that allow them to treat people at no cost. No excuses to not try again. Dealing with addiction is not something you should do without the help of a professional that understands how the disease of addiction behaves. It is something that requires specialization because addiction behaves in ways that does not make sense to a non specialist. At Behavioral Health Hawaii we understand substance dependence and the impact it has on everyone it touches. Please get all the help you can, and please don’t give up on the addict. You may have to pull back and get help for yourself, but never give up.