OUD Study

Study Finds Physician-Pharmacist Collaboration Effective in Treating Opioid Use Disorder

A study[1] published last month, supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), found an effective way to treat opioid use disorder (OUD). The approach prioritizes collaboration between physicians and pharmacists in administering and monitoring Buprenorphine, a medication used to treat OUD. Doctors and Pharmacists Worked Together Participants did an initial screening with a…

MAT Meth

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.…

Vivitrol

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…

a man takes a pill at a medication assisted treatment mat program

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Medication assisted treatment is a controversial form of addiction recovery treatment. Naysayers will claim you are replacing one drug with another, while doctors and other medical professionals claim it is the safest and one of the most effective ways to help patients struggling with addiction. So, what exactly is medication assisted…