Healing the Brain After Opioid Detox and Withdrawal

Healing the Brain After Opioid Detox and Withdrawal

Raphael (I don’t use patients’ real names, so I thought this would be a fun one) came to the office recently to have his monthly Vivitrol injection. Vivitrol is the trade name for a long-acting formulation of naltrexone, which is a pure opiate antagonist...
Overcoming the Fear of Stopping Methadone

Overcoming the Fear of Stopping Methadone

I was moved to write a letter to a patient who completed an Accelerated Opioid Detox off Methadone last week. She is in the Post Acute Withdrawal (PAWS) stage, which can be very challenging. I have changed the name of the patient, but wanted to share the sentiments...
The Easiest Way EVER to Get Off Opioids

The Easiest Way EVER to Get Off Opioids

Perhaps your doctor has cut you off from your Percocet®, Roxicet®, Vicodin®, Dilaudid®, or other morphine-type pain medications. Perhaps you have become involved with using street drugs such as heroin or fentanyl. If you are reading this, it is likely you want to stop...
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