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Is buprenorphine treatment just trading one addiction for another?

Posted on May 19, 2017 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

No- with successful buprenorphine treatment, the compulsive behavior, the loss of control of drug use, the constant cravings, and all of the other hallmarks of addiction vanish. When all signs and symptoms of the disease of addiction vanish, we call that remission, not switching addictions.


The key to understanding this is knowing the difference between physical dependence and addiction.


Buprenorphine will maintain some of the preexisting physical dependenc...

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Twelve Step Recovery and Medication Assisted Therapies

Posted on November 28, 2016 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (1)

by Louis E. Baxter, Sr., MD, FASAM | June 12, 2014

 

 

"You're not clean and sober if you keep taking that medication from your doctor!"

 

"You're just substituting one drug for another."

 

"You are depressed because you are not grateful enough."

 

These and other statements are often made to 12-step members who are legitimately prescribed and taking FDA approved medications to treat their addictions and other co-...

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