Most popular posts of 2015 – #9 – Opiate-addicted Parents in Methadone Treatment: Long-term Recovery, Health and Family Relationships

I recently came across this 10 year follow-up of parents in methadone treatment and their children from 2011. Here's a review of their outcomes. First, here's their definition of recovery: Recovery status was based on recent drug use, history of drug problems, and history of incarceration. Long-term recovery was defined as no recent drug use (self-report … Continue reading Most popular posts of 2015 – #9 – Opiate-addicted Parents in Methadone Treatment: Long-term Recovery, Health and Family Relationships

Don’t believe the hype

About that Huffington Post article covering Obama's addiction speech a few weeks ago. ALLEGATION FACT FACT A Huffington Post investigation published in January found that the treatment industry overwhelmingly resists a medication-assisted model based on decades-old beliefs about sobriety that have been passed down by those in recovery, but have never been rigorously tested. Suboxone is the number 39 … Continue reading Don’t believe the hype

Opiate-addicted Parents in Methadone Treatment: Long-term Recovery, Health and Family Relationships

I recently came across this 10 year follow-up of parents in methadone treatment and their children from 2011. Here's a review of their outcomes. First, here's their definition of recovery: Recovery status was based on recent drug use, history of drug problems, and history of incarceration. Long-term recovery was defined as no recent drug use (self-report … Continue reading Opiate-addicted Parents in Methadone Treatment: Long-term Recovery, Health and Family Relationships

Pediatric use of buprenorphine

Drugfree.org has a piece advocating more use of buprenorphine with children. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid dependence is a science-based and proven-effective option for teens and young adults. It should be administered with age appropriate psychosocial therapy and drug testing. Unfortunately, it has been subject to controversy and stigma. Yet the neuroscience of addiction and … Continue reading Pediatric use of buprenorphine

Methadone, technology and outcomes

Substance Matters has a post about the use of new technologies in methadone maintenance. Patients who use a web-based intervention (TES) instead of half of their traditional counseling did better than those with traditional counseling as part of their methadone treatment. It provokes important questions about the usefulness of new technologies and how they might … Continue reading Methadone, technology and outcomes

Methadone with and without counseling

Drug and Alcohol Findings reviews research on the impact of counseling for methadone patients. While across the board there was significant improvement, being assigned to standard/enhanced versus interim (no counseling) programmes did not further improve retention, illicit drug use and related problems, or make much difference to criminal activity. There was no evidence that interim … Continue reading Methadone with and without counseling