Tramadol Abuse

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Drug treatment used to seem so simple. Clients had a drug of choice, lets say alcohol, heroin or cocaine, and they came to treatment for help for that drug. Now they have a drug of choice AND whatever medication they are being prescribed. Treatment is suddenly so much more complicated. Those drugs are things like pregabalin, […]

Addicted Doctors

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Doctors get addicted to drugs. There’s not much contention about that. Whether they do so at a higher rate than the general population is a matter of debate. The authors of a new discussion paper suggest that they do, although no evidence is produced in this regard. I’m not so convinced on that point. There […]

Abstinence treatment ‘a barrier’ to Opioid Replacement

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In trying to determine routes to abstinent recovery there’s a legitimate debate to be had about whether opioid replacement therapy (ORT) is a catalyst to abstinence or if it slows the process down. Some have suggested that methadone is too ‘sticky’ for recovery. On the other hand, as others have said, ‘dead people don’t recover’. I […]

Top 5 addiction and recovery blogs in June

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Okay so what piqued your interest, tickled your fancy or caught your attention in June, the second full month of Recovery Review being up and running? What were your top 5 addiction and recovery blogs –  the posts that ended up most-read? Stats Well, in June three and a half thousand folk visited Recovery Review five thousand […]

Living harm reduction AND recovery

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I was moved and inspired by an interview with a harm reduction activist who is also in recovery. Kevin Jaffray is quizzed by writer and broadcaster Ruth Jacobs. Using his own experience as illustration, he reveals insights and reflections on the relationship between harm reduction and recovery. And he does it with passion. Answering criticisms that harm […]

Deaths from prescription opioids ‘epidemic’

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The White House is holding a summit on opiate addiction. Why? MNT reports alarming statistics around deaths involving prescribed painkillers. In the first ever review of existing research into the topic, researchers have uncovered exactly how much deaths due to such drugs – which outnumber deaths from heroin and cocaine combined – have increased. According to the […]

Tramadol Abuse – death toll rising

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Drug treatment used to seem so simple. Clients had a drug of choice, lets say alcohol, heroin or cocaine, and they came to treatment for help for that drug. Now they have a drug of choice AND whatever medication they are being prescribed. Treatment is suddenly so much more complicated. Those drugs are things like pregabalin, […]

Legal Highs – the gathering storm

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  Legal highs, or novel psychoactive substances NPS, are attracting a lot of attention at the moment. This attention is not just from users and prospective users, they on the radar of the police, A&E departments, GPs, criminal justice workers, treatment providers, mental health units and of families. In the space of a year or two […]

Alcohol related brain damage – mostly hidden

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Alcohol’s not good for the brain. At least too much of it for too long is not good for the brain. Effects can range from mild memory impairment through trouble with judgement and decision making through to permanent dementia. The British Medical Journal covers a recent report on the subject and it makes for alarming reading: Between […]

Smoking in recovery – the Blue Whale in the room 

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Blue Whale Alert Smoking and other addictions go hand in hand. In treatment populations, it’s usual to find that about 80-90% of clients are current smokers, compared to 20% of, say, the Scottish population. Nobody has done a survey on smoking prevalence in recovering populations in Scotland, but I would guess that for smoking in recovery […]