Alternatives to Dilaudid: A Non-Addictive Options

Dilaudid Alternatives for Opioid Abuse
Studies show that combining acetaminophen and ibuprofen is more effective for pain relief than opioids. The search for a non-addictive opioid for pain relief has begun. Opioids have been effective for managing chronic pain, but opioids are highly addictive. More than two million people are addicted to opioids and more than 130 people die in … Read More

How to Manage Seasonal Affective Disorder and Addiction in Drug Rehab

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People can wake up on grey, rainy days feeling a little down, but seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a clinical disorder that comes and goes with the seasons. For some people who grapple with a substance use disorder (SUD), SAD can complicate their addiction recovery. What is SAD? How does it impact your progress in … Read More

Exploring the Role of Managed Care in Addiction Treatment

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The whole point of managed care, according to Medicaid.gov is that it is a healthcare architecture designed to control costs and the quality of care. Managed care is offered by all American healthcare payers, including the government-run Medicaid and Medicare, as well as private insurance. Some of the most costly long-term treatments under managed care … Read More

How to Get Addiction Treatment Without Insurance

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In some ways, it feels like the U.S. health care system is divided into the “haves” and “have-nots.” A factor dividing these two categories is the presence or absence of health insurance. This is especially true in the realm of addiction treatment. If you do not have health insurance, it can be more difficult to … Read More

Age-Specific Drug Overdose Rates in Washington: What You Should Know

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Not every generation of Washington State residents is impacted in the same way by the current drug epidemic that is sweeping the nation. While it is clear that substance misuse and its deadly aftermath in the form of overdose is on the rise across the state, evidence suggests that various age groups are feeling the … Read More

Alcohol Misuse Responsible for 3 Million Deaths, WHO Finds

A man cups his hands over his face in distress after misusing alcohol.
If you have ever cared about someone with an alcohol use disorder, you know that liquor can destroy a life. Now the World Health Organization (WHO) says that alcohol use disorder has claimed the lives of more than three million people. How do the worldwide statistics correlate with what is happening locally in Washington State … Read More

Latest National Drug Survey Reveals Extent of Opioid Epidemic

Drug misuse chart from SAMHSA.
Statistics from the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health show the extent of the nation’s struggle with drug misuse. It’s not stopping, despite national and regional efforts to curb opioid addiction. How does Washington State compare to the rest of the country on opioid drug misuse? SAMHSA Reports Widespread Drug Misuse in the … Read More

Oregon Gets $7M for Addiction Treatment Resources

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There is widespread national and regional recognition that drug rehab is the best way to fight back against the epidemic of substance use disorder cases in Oregon and surrounding areas. This is reflected in the $7 million in federal funding intended to expand access to addiction treatment and mental health care in the state. How … Read More

Hepatitis and Drug Misuse: What You Should Know

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There is a strong correlation between the debilitating and potentially deadly disease hepatitis and drug misuse. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) says: People who engage in drug use or high-risk behaviors associated with drug use put themselves at risk for contracting or transmitting viral infections such as HIV/AIDS or hepatitis. What types of … Read More

How to Handle Returning to Work After Drug Rehab

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According to Workforce, of the 40 million people living with a substance use disorder, only about 1 in 10 will receive treatment this year. Of that small percentage, many will return to work to regain a new sense of self as they recover from addiction. Returning to work after participating in a drug and alcohol … Read More