What You Need to Know About Probuphine
The FDA approved a clinical study for a new buprenorphine implant.

After extended negotiations with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Titan Pharmaceuticals can finally conduct a full clinical study of Probuphine, an investigational implant device using buprenorphine to treat opiate addiction. The study, which was submitted for FDA review back in March, is expected to enroll its first participants in a matter of weeks. The [...]

Will Suboxone Make You Gain Weight?
Suboxone, made of buprenorphine and naloxone, is used to treat opioid addiction.

Opioid addiction is something that most people need help to overcome. Suddenly stopping “cold turkey” is not a good option, with less than 25 percent of all opioid addicts remaining sober for a full year. Today, physicians and patients alike benefit from using Suboxone as a form of medication-assisted addiction treatment. Unfortunately, a few stubborn [...]

Q&A: Leaving the Bottle Behind
How a former US Treasury officer fought to reclaim his sobriety.

One of the main triggers of alcoholism is stress and, unfortunately, nothing can increase the stress factor quite like work. When the boss drives you crazy, forces you to work on your day off, or continually overlooks you for a promotion, stress levels can skyrocket. When 5 o’clock rolls around, it’s time to decompress. One [...]

Quitting Cold Turkey: Yes or No?
Professional care is highly recommended when dealing with prescription drug abuse.

Whether it’s for economic or personal reasons, many people refuse to enter a rehab facility and believe they can quit their addictions cold turkey. In fact, rehab is often pursued after a person has tried to quit on his or her own without success. For those who use certain kinds of drugs on a more [...]

How to Explain Addiction to Your Loved Ones
Common questions, and recommended answers, to help you talk to family and friends about your addiction.

Very few people who haven’t experienced addiction themselves really understand it. For those affected, it can be a source of shame and humiliation — something they’d rather not discuss. But addiction needs to be discussed. The people in your life will have questions and you should try to provide answers. Start with someone you trust, [...]