National Institute on Drug Abuse Funds Study on Medication-Assisted Treatment for Meth

A study published last week—funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse—shows promise regarding the first-ever medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for meth addiction. Participants received either a placebo or a combination of Naltrexone (Vivitrol and Revia) and Bupropion (Wellbutrin). Naltrexone, an opioid antagonist already used to treat alcohol and opioid use disorder, can help prevent cravings.…

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Searching for Dopamine During the Pandemic

As I learn about dopamine’s role in addiction, I understand why I and others in recovery might engage in self-destructive behaviors. Recovery gives us a chance to channel self-destructive tendencies in healthy ways; many of us have worked hard on this. But the COVID-19 pandemic can exacerbate these proclivities, even if we are staying away…

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People With Severe Mental Health Disorders Should be Priority for COVID-19 Vaccine, Researchers Say

As more people receive the COVID-19 vaccine, researchers urge that those with severe mental health disorders take precedence. People in this group are more likely to have complications from COVID-19, but are generally less likely to receive a vaccine. Flu vaccination rates among people with severe mental health disorders are only about 25%.[1] A December 2020…

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Can Vivitrol Be Addictive?

Vivitrol is the brand name and injectable form of Naltrexone. Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist, meaning it blocks the effects of opioids. It also binds to the endorphin receptors in the body, blocking the sedative and euphoric feelings people get from substances like alcohol and opioids.   Because of these effects, Vivitrol is used to treat…

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Addiction Hampers, Not Causes, Creativity

In author Leslie Jamison’s book The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath, she talks about visiting the bars where some of her favorite writers drank. Like many others, she’d internalized the myth that great writers, artists, and musicians’ art is fueled by their addictions. She later found out that many of her favorite authors wrote their…

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