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Category: Treatment

September 17, 2021
Myths and Facts About Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is considered the “gold standard” of treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD). People who use opioids experience a better outcome when they combine MAT with treatment or therapy. So why are some people and institutions hesitant to use this life-changing tool? For many people, it’s simply a lack of information. Here are […]

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August 26, 2021
North Carolina Justice System Slowly Adds MAT to Jails

North Carolina, like many states, has slowly been rolling out Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs to jails and prisons. MAT is considered the “gold standard” of treatment for people with opioid use disorder (OUD). In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, MAT should be considered a “best practice” when treating people with OUD. Substance […]

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July 2, 2021
Medicaid and MAT in North Carolina

Getting sober, especially from opioids, means getting into a program or clinic that offers Medication-Assisted Treatment. Addiction treatment can be expensive for people who self-pay or have no insurance. For many people who struggle with addiction, Medicaid is the lifeline that helps them get the help they need. In North Carolina, Addiction Epidemic Still Raging […]

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June 10, 2021
Medication-Assisted Treatment And OUD: Why It Works

Addiction in America is a public health crisis, especially when it comes to opioids. Sadly, the pandemic has only worsened the addiction epidemic. And for many people who were new to sobriety or had fragile coping skills, the pandemic was a time of isolation and relapse. For many people with opioid use disorder (OUD), it […]

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June 8, 2021
People With Opioid Use Disorder Deserve MAT Choices

Medication-Assisted Treatment is considered the “golden standard” for people recovering from opioid use disorder (OUD). Medication can help people get through tough cravings, but not all MAT regimens are the same. A recent study shows that people with OUD are happier when they can take the extended-release version of buprenorphine, also known by the brand […]

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May 11, 2021
North Carolina Opioid Summit Focused On Community and Addiction

North Carolina leaders, including Governor Roy Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, recently spoke at this year’s 2021 Opioid Misuse and Overdose Prevention Summit online. The event was hosted by the NCDHHS Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services. During the conference, health officials revealed that opioid deaths in North Carolina, like […]

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May 6, 2021
New Guidelines Lift Suboxone Restrictions for Doctors

The Biden administration has paved the way to increase Medication-Assisted Treatment access by reducing the barriers to prescribing a popular treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD). Last week, they announced new guidelines for prescribing buprenorphine, also known under the brand name Suboxone. The new guidelines eliminate long hours of extra training to prescribe the drug. […]

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March 5, 2021
Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus. But what do you do if […]

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