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WMUR’S KRISTEN CAROSA EXPLAINS KRISTE KATHLEEN MURPHY SAYS WITHDRAWAL FROM OPIOID ADDICTI IS SO INTENSE THAT PEOPLE LIVE IN FEAR ABOUT STOPPING THEIR HABIT

BUT THERE ARE SOME MEDICATIONS THAT CAN HELP DURING A DETOX, LIKE BUPRENORPHINE OR SUBOXONE, WHICH ACTUALLY HAVE OPIOIDS IN THEM >> THE OPIOID PART ATTACHES TO THE RECEPTORS WHICH IS WHAT DECREASES OR ELIMINATES WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS IT ALSO BLOCKS OPIOIDS HELPING TO DETER FURTHER USE KRISTEN: IN THE LONGER TERM, MEDICAL STAFF USE DRUGS LIKE THE OPIOID BLOCKER VIVATROL, TO GET RID OF THE CRAVINGS >> ALL OF OUR BRAINS HAVE OPIOID RECEPTORS AND THE BLOCKER BLOC THEM, MAKING SATURATION OF AN OPIOID THAT IS INTRODUCED IMPOSSIBLE

KRISTEN: THE ROAD TO A BETTER LIFE PROGRAM IN SOMERSWORTH ALSO USES COMMON MEDICATIONS TO TREAT ADDICTION, BUT IS NOW INCOPORATING NEW TREATMENT >> WE HAVE SUBLOCADE, THAT IS ONE-MONTH-LONG INJECTABLE FORMULATION IT’S SUBCUTANEOUS, IT CAN BE INJECTED IN THE OFFICE SETTING AND THEN PROBUPHINE, WHICH IS A SURGICALLY IMPLANTED ROD WHICH STAYS IN FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE THROUGH A SURGICAL CENTER SO WE CAN’T DO IT HERE, BU THERE ARE JUST SOME IDEAS THAT THERE ARE SOME LONGER TERM WAYS TO MANAGE BUPRENORPHINE THERAPY AS OPPOSED TO DAILY DOSING

KRISTEN: NURSE PRACTITIONER KASEY TALON SAYS MANY PATIENTS ARE ON THESE MEDICATIONS FOR A LEAST 90 DAYS, BUT FOR SOME, IT CAN BE MUCH LONGER >> RIGHT NOW THERE IS NO CURE FOR IT OUR GOAL IS TO JUST GET PEOPLE INTO THAT REMISSION PHASE FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE KRISTEN: KEEPING PEOPLE SOBER IS SOMETHING THE GREEN MOUNTAIN TREATMENT CENTER IN EFFINGHAM IS ALSO FOCUSED ON THEY LOOK TO LIFE AFTER DETOX, FOCUSING ON THE TWELVE STEP PROGRAM AND THERAPY, LIKE MEDITATION AND YOGA, INSTEAD OF JUST KEEPING CLIENTS ON MEDICATION

>> BECAUSE WHEN YOU GO HOME, THOSE MEDICATIONS AREN’T THE ANSWER IT’S THE TOOLS THAT ARE IN THE TOOL BOX YOU LEARN WHILE YOU HERE TO HELP YOU BE SUCCESSFUL IN RECOVERY KRISTEN: ALL WAYS TO GIVE PEOP FACING ADDICTION ANOTHER CHA

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