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Bring It Home – Please Spread The Word

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Feb 17

February 9, 2017

Bring It Home – Please Spread The Word

The Opioid Epidemic has clearly gained national attention. Recent legislation allows qualified doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to treat 275 patients with Substance Use Disorder per year with Suboxone or buprenorphine, instead of the previously allowed 100 patients per year. Additionally, the number of methadone clinics continues to increase. As many of our patients and their families have found, using buprenorphine or methadone to help a loved one off opiates (i.e. maintenance treatment) is a fairly accessible Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) option. With the prevalence of methadone clinics, and the ability of doctors to easily and quickly prescribe Suboxone in an office setting, this is a convenient treatment for many people and can help save precious lives. (more…)
A Drug-Free Dad

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Feb 17

February 3, 2017

A Drug-Free Dad

It was very gratifying to see Benjamin* for his naltrexone implant follow up appointment earlier this month. He first came to TCI-Richmond for his rapid opioid detox about eight months ago to get off methadone. Ben is in his thirties and works full time in a job that he doesn’t love, but suits him well enough for now. He lives with his 2 year old daughter and her mother. He goes to the gym most days. He did some counseling when he was newly sober and he attends the occasional 12-step recovery meeting. He avoids contact with people he knows who are actively using drugs. He said the first 3 to 4 months were not easy. He says he drank a lot of alcohol and smoked a lot of pot in those first months. And then, at his counselor’s suggestion, he decided to see how he felt without using anything. He admits to being somewhat surprised to realize that he actually felt pretty good- he was able to sleep, had a good appetite and plenty of energy for work, family and fun. (more…)
From Anxiety to Peace

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Jan 17

January 25, 2017

From Anxiety to Peace

Besides helping people release themselves from chemical addictions and launch new lives through our various Accelerated Opioid Detox programs, we also have a pretty robust family practice. Many people in our community with addiction issues become our family practice patients. It’s helpful for your doctor to know your history and understand the medical problems that accompany alcohol and/or other drug addiction. (more…)
Season’s Greetings

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Dec 16

December 22, 2016

Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings! Just wanted to share one of the excellent bloggers that support people in recovery. Here Jean talks about Supportive Normies on her blog Unpickled, and how non-drinkers can help their alcoholic loved ones during the holidays. Be blessed and safe! https://unpickledblog.com/2014/12/24/top-ten-list-for-supportive-normies/ Joan Shepherd, FNP

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Nov 16

November 22, 2016

Living in Recovery: A Holiday Survival Guide

A few years ago we shared the article below from the Crying Out Now blog as the holidays approached. It can be a difficult time for sober people or people struggling to get or stay sober. Now is a good time to prepare.

Planning ahead can be incredibly helpful. Here are a few strategies you may wish to consider:

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