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There is help for heroin addiction

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There is help for heroin addiction

The heroin epidemic has been well documented. All the information is out there. However, when it comes to the treatment of this addiction, little is offered. For those who are afflicted or know someone who is afflicted with this addiction, there is help.

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Opiate withdrawal is an extremely uncomfortable process. That's why opiate addicts stay hooked. Opiate withdrawal can be treated with a medication called Suboxone. The idea is to use this medication to help the opiate addict through withdrawal and eventually taper off the Suboxone until the person is opiate-free. Methadone has also been used for decades, and is an approved treatment for opiate addiction by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

We need to get past the stigma of addiction. We know there is a problem. People who need help need to know help is available. They need to have hope.

David Tews

Clinical director

Soft Landing Recovery

Carol Stream

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