Jeffrey T. Junig

Jeffrey T. Junig

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Jeffrey Junig is a psychiatrist in private practice in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He lectures at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and provides psychiatric services for the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Student Health Center. He writes about opioid dependence and medication-based treatment strategies. He speaks to groups of health professionals, judges, probation officers, and social workers about the epidemic of opioid dependence, and the role for buprenorphine in successful treatment strategies. He emphasizes the value of treating addiction as a disease that warrants the same clinical approach as other diseases.

Dr. Junig graduated from Carroll College and then entered the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Rochester Center for Brain Research (now the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy). His PhD focused on brain receptors for vasopressin, a neuropeptide that regulates water balance, thirst, and blood pressure. He completed a residency in Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania and is Board Certified in Anesthesiology.

After working as an anesthesiologist and pain physician for a number of years, Dr. Junig developed an addiction to opioids that began with codeine cough medication. After successful treatment he returned to the study of the mind and brain through residency in Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

While working with opioid addicts as a psychiatrist with the Wisconsin prison system and as medical director of outpatient and residential treatment programs, Dr. Junig noted the chronic and relapsing nature of the disease. He became certified to treat opioid dependence with buprenorphine, and was impressed by the potential of that chemical for treating addiction. Because of concerns about the lack of knowledge about buprenorphine and the myths spread through the internet, he developed a blog, Suboxone Talk Zone, and Forum, SuboxForum. His goal has is to challenge attitudes toward addiction that interfere with successful treatment outcomes. He has been a contributor to a number of web and print publications, and he speaks regularly to a range of audiences.

Latest Contributions to Rehabs.com

Can Suboxone Be Abused?

Can Suboxone Be Abused?

November 4th, 2019 Jeffrey Junig 5 minute read
Simple comments about ‘Suboxone abuse’ only lead to ignorance, misperceptions and faulty policy. Our patients deserve better. If we don’t work toward that goal, who will?
Are You Afraid to Help?

Are You Afraid to Help?

November 4th, 2019 Jeffrey Junig 5 minute read
As an addiction doctor, I fear that the best option for one of my patients will run counter to the prevailing winds of drug prevention, placing me in the crossfire of regulators or causing me to appear guilty by...
Buprenorphine’s Black Eye

Buprenorphine’s Black Eye

November 4th, 2019 Jeffrey Junig 5 minute read
How did the perfect medication for a terrible illness get such a black eye? Many doctors who prescribe buprenorphine, including myself, see the medication as the perfect solution for opioid dependence on a planet inhabited by logical people.
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