What are some alternative methods to help someone suffering from Substance Use Disorder recover? In addiction medicine, it is imperative that we as professionals offer multiple pathways to recovery. We must not impose only one method or the method we endorse. Too often professionals can be seen hawking their wares so to speak on one platform. Abstinence-only seems to be the all too common battle cry (these are the same people sucking down caffeine, sugar, and cigarettes). Let’s explore a few alternative methods in The Rehab Podcast.
- Medically Assisted Therapies. This group is called MAT and includes methadone, Suboxone and Vivitrol. Dr. Leeds and Dr. Estes will cover what MAT is, how it works and more importantly why it works. MAT is designed as a short-term detox to help an addict recover from an opiate addiction. Opiate/Opioids include Heroin, Oxycontin, Roxicodone, Hydrocodone and more. The reason these medically assisted therapies work is very simple, they flood the brain with the serotonin and dopamine that the brain is lacking from long-term drug use. Listen to Dr. Leeds and Dr. Estes explain this in detail on the podcast. One way to tackle the opioid crisis is to use MAT.
- Medical Cannabis. It is no secret; Dr. Cali Estes has been a champion of medical cannabis way before it was the popular buzz term. Cannabis can assist a client in easing off harder drugs and also help them relax and sleep after long bouts of insomnia. Dr. Cali Estes will cover medical cannabis, how it works, why it works and why her clients are having such success with this product. Before you shoot it down, make sure you are not sucking down sugar and energy drinks because those are harder substances than marijuana.
- Neurotransmitter Supplements. Healing the brain from all the damage of hardcore drug use can be a daunting task. This is why we have ‘dry drunk’ behavior. You know the type, sober (not drinking) but cranky, judgmental, always upset, always talking about just ‘toughing it out’ and that it is ok to be ‘restless and discontent’. No, it’s not. When we have science that can make you feel better, why not try it? Dr. Cali Estes and her business partner, Dr. Teralyn Sell have developed a line that will help heal the brain. Check out www.Prorecoveryrx.com and listen to the podcast to hear how it all works.
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