A Reminder About Some Basic Benefits of Suboxone

In 2000, the federal government passed DATA, which is an act to help patients with the disease of addiction by offering more treatment options.Until 2000, only methadone maintenance, approved for use only through incredibly regulated clinics was available to treat opioid addiction.

The new DATA options allowed other new treatments like Suboxone. Now patients did not have to feel like methadone junkies, but could be treated in an office like other patients. And since patients were not bound to a clinic, they could work. Current studies show buprenorphine is as effective as methadone maintenance in two ways. First, in retaining patients in substance abuse treatment programs of different types, and use of illegal drugs dropped. More importantly the safety data with Subsoxone is incontrovertible. Patients do well on Suboxone treatment; increasing they’re ability to work, maintain relationships and otherwise thrive in life.

Common Errors With Suboxone Treatment

  1. Suboxone was not designed to force people into a rushed detoxification that they did not want. It was designed to allow people to have a life, and love their families, work and enjoy their friends without having to sit in a degrading methadone clinic.

    Mandatory detoxification is presumptuous. At our center, you can wean yourself down when and if you want. You can do this next season or next year or never. But you will end up taking better care of your body by using legal prescriptions. Lets face it, Suboxone is much better than illegal heroin of unclear purity, or poorly monitored methadone, or Internet rip-off narcotics. Have you had a couple close calls? Get away from the cliff!
  2. You are not an addict to me. And we will try to learn why you have acted out with substances. We routinely find addiction promoting medical findings and undertreated pain sources. You may have started using after a painful medical procedure or to blunt emotional pain -- but who says that is what maintained the addiction.
  3. Forget about a set program. You are my program. No one exists like you. No one has your unique types of problems, and so we do not have a molded, cookie-cutter program that we will force you into and then spit you out when the oven timer goes off. Sure, people have learned material that can help you. But the pace and the program must be molded to you, not the opposite.
 

An "Executive Order" to Include Fish Oil in Your Diet

Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil have been shown in numerous major studies to provide tremendous benefits to your cardiovascular function. However, the benefits don't stop there. Omega-3 fatty acids also are critical for improving your ongoing brain function, promoting pain-free joints, diminishing your danger from eye disease, managing depression and even reducing your risk of cancer.I personally take omega-3 fish oil as an essential supplement in my daily routine. I feel strongly that you should, too. And apparently the highest levels of the United States government want you to, as well!On May 27, 2003, the White House issued an incredible statement. It urged health agencies of the government to encourage Americans to increase their consumption of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, while decreasing their intake of trans-fatty acids. This monumental directive was precipitated by new guidelines issued by the American Heart Association at that time, recommending you consume coldwater fish at least twice a week as well as other oils and food sources high in omega-3 fatty acids as a way to reduce your risk of heart disease. It is not every day that you see the White House/government take such a positive stance on your diet and endorse a particular nutritional supplement.Today I want to discuss with you the actual benefits of fish oil, but first please allow me to give you a brief overview: Fish oil contains omega-3 essential fatty acids. The two major components of this group are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). A third member of the omega-3 family, known as ALA (alpha linolenic acid), is found in plant oils. While both EPA and DHA are found in fish, interestingly these essential fatty acids are not produced by the fish, but rather by single- celled marine organisms that the fish eat. It is generally said that the "oilier" the fish, the greater concentration of EPA and DHA.The benefits of omega-3 essential fatty acids were first recognized more than three decades ago when researchers noted that Eskimos in Greenland had a very high dietary intake of fat, yet had a very low rate of ischemic heart disease. Following these findings, researchers began studying the nutrients in some detail.The first major study involved 1,000 individuals from Great Britain who had heart disease. They were advised to eat two servings of oily fish a week for two years. At the end of the study, it was found that those individuals who followed this advice had reduced their incidence of death by 29%, compared to a similar group that did not add extra servings of fish to their diet.In a subsequent study out of Italy, more than 2,800 patients who had suffered heart attacks were given EPA/DHA in a capsule form, which they took daily for three-and-a-half years. Each capsule provided approximately 850 mg of a combination of EPA and DHA. At the end of the study, death-from any cause-was reduced by 20%. More importantly, sudden death was reduced by an amazing 45% compared to a similar group of patients that were not given supplemental fish oil. It is believed that the major benefit for fish oil in regard to heart disease is the reduction of sudden cardiac death.There appears to be two factors involved in this benefit. First, you can reduce your risk of cardiac arrhythmia. Second, you may decrease your platelet stickiness, which can lead to arrhythmia and heart disease. In an article published in the May 2005 edition of Frontiers in Bio-Science, it was postulated that the anti-arrhythmic effects of fish oil appeared to be related to stabilization of sodium and calcium channels in your heart cells.Omega-3 essential fatty acids, however, do a lot more than benefit your heart. DHA appears to be a particular powerful nutrient in regard to your brain function. Your brain utilizes probably the most amount of DHA than any organ in your body. The adult human brain actually contains more than 20 grams of DHA. Subsequently, a high intake of fish has been linked to a significant decrease in your probability of age-related memory loss. Just last month, there was a fascinating study published in the Journal of Nutrition. Scientists were able to develop an animal rat model for Alzheimer's disease. The test rats were orally fed DHA. After twelve weeks, the rats given the supplement showed improvement in spatial cognition and learning compared to rats that were not treated with this additional nutrient. The author of the study concluded that DHA is a possible therapeutic agent for ameliorating learning deficiencies due to Alzheimer's disease.There have been other studies in the medical literature indicating that omega-3 fatty acids can even have a beneficial effect in reducing the risk of cancer. Other studies indicate fish oil can prevent the metastasis (spreading) of cancer. There have also been studies indicating that DHA can have especially beneficial effects in ameliorating depression. In one study, omega-3 supplementation in the 1,000 mg to 2,000 mg range reduced irritability in patients with bipolar disorder.