Calling All Recovery Moms: I Need Your Opinion!

If you are the mother of a son or daughter who is addicted to heroin or prescription pain killers, then I need your opinion! Please take the Recovery Moms Survey 2011 It’s only 5 questions and it’s anonymous. Please check back here for survey results, and learn what’s on the minds of your fellow recovery moms. Thank you so much for your help and support. … Read More

Powerlessness Most Dangerous Form of Parental Denial

Parents often find themselves reacting in response to one crisis after another. Reacting to each crisis as it arises, without any kind of a recovery plan, is not effective and only results in emotional exhaustion. “Parents often come to feel powerless.  The myth of powerlessness is the most dangerous form of denial of all.” Exhausted, confused, sad, angry, hurting and grieving parents of … Read More

Is Suboxone Treatment Just a Crutch?

A crutch is something that you lean on for support during a period of recovery.  You sprain your ankle, and use a crutch to help support your weight while you heal. I have to shake my head in disgust when I hear AA and NA members criticize Suboxone treatment as a “crutch.”  What is a 12-step group if not a crutch?  And … Read More

Pregnant Inmate on Methadone Asks for Early Release to Get Suboxone

Pregnant inmate Ashley Michelle Sligh says that the methadone treatment provided by the Duval County (FL) jail will cause harm to her unborn child.  She wants to be released early so that she can switch from methadone to buprenorphine. Medical experts have long recommended methadone treatment for pregnant women who are opiate dependent.  But a new study funded by the National Institutes … Read More

Suboxone Doctor Mandates NA Meetings, Creates Relapse Risk

Q. A mother writes:  My daughter has had many attempts at recovery including inpatient and outpatient treatment.  She is now prescribed Suboxone.  It’s been 5 weeks, and I’m thrilled that I’m slowly seeing my real daughter again.  She has enormous fear/ anxiety about attending Narcotics Anonymous meetings.  In the past she got caught up with people she met at the meetings and ended up relapsing. … Read More

Probuphine: Buprenorphine Implant On The Way

I am watching the progress of Probuphine, the buprenorphine implant, as it clears each new hurdle in the drug approval process with a lot of interest.  This new medication could really upgrade our options for treating opiate dependence. Probuphine is a new form of buprenorphine currently in phase 3 clinical trials in the United States and Europe.  Probuphine is a small, … Read More

Overdose Deaths Soar Among Military Troops

About once every five days an active-duty service member is found dead of an accidental drug overdose, the Army Times reported. This number roughly tripled since 2001.  And the number is more than twice as high if you add in intentional (suicide-related) overdoses. Read more at: Rx for Death: Troop Deaths Soar with Prescriptions for War Wounded Military doctors often prescribe both opioids … Read More

Satisfied Methadone Patients Are Successful Methadone Patients

Methadone Patient Satisfaction is Linked to Treatment Success A recent scientific study of methadone patients confirms what common sense suggests: methadone treatment outcomes are related to patient satisfaction.  Methadone patients who are happy with their treatment have better treatment outcomes. Satisfied methadone patients stay in treatment longer and are more successful at reducing or eliminating use of heroin or prescription pain killers.  In … Read More

30 Year Study Confirms Methadone Saves Lives

Edinburgh University researches followed hundreds of people living with addiction to heroin for nearly 30 years.  What did they learn? Methadone treatment: reduced the frequency of drug use helped people lead more stable lives reduced the risk of death by 13% each year Why am I not surprised?  Because I’ve seen this with my own eyes.  And these results are … Read More

Our Complicated Relationship With Methadone

Relationships are never easy.  When it comes to our relationship with methadone, let’s just say it’s complicated. Debby, the Mom at the blog How’s My Son?, recently wrote a post updating her readers on her son’s recovery from addiction to OxyContin and other opiates.  Debby is a good Mom and a good person, and I’ve been a fan of her blog for the … Read More