Overcoming Opioid Addiction: The Authoritative Medical Guide for Patients, Families, Doctors, and Therapists

Overcoming Opioid Addiction: The Authoritative Medical Guide for Patients, Families, Doctors, and Therapists


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From a leading addiction expert, a desperately needed medical guide to understanding, treating, and finally defeating opioid use disorder

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50, claiming more lives than the AIDs epidemic did at its peak. Opioid abuse accounts for two-thirds of these overdoses, with over 100 Americans dying from opioid overdoses every day.

Now Overcoming Opioid Addiction provides a comprehensive medical guide for opioid use disorder (OUD) sufferers, their loved ones, clinicians, and other professionals. Here is expertly presented, urgently needed information and guidance, including:
  • Why treating OUD is unlike treating any other form of drug dependency
  • The science that underlies addiction to opioids, and a clear analysis of why this epidemic has become so deadly
  • The different stages and effective methods of treatment, including detoxification vs. maintenance medications, as well as behavioral therapies
  • How to deal with relapses and how to thrive despite OUD
  • Plus a chapter tailored to families with crucial, potentially life-saving information, such as how to select the best treatment program, manage medications, and reverse an overdose.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615194582
Publisher: The Experiment
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 534,398
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Adam Bisaga, MD, is an addiction psychiatrist, clinician, researcher, and professor of psychiatry at Columbia University. He conducts research on new treatments for opioid addiction and oversees a national program that mentors physicians treating opioid addictions. He is a UN expert involved in international addiction training and program development.

Karen Chernyaev has written or edited numerous bestselling books on health and wellness.

Table of Contents

Foreword A. Thomas McLellan, PhD xi

Introduction 1

Part 1 An Epidemic Like Never Before

Chapter 1 Medical Panacea or National Nightmare? 11

Chapter 2 Opioid Use in America: How We Got Here 33

Chapter 3 Opioid Use Disorder-A Disease Like Any Other? 51

Part 2 The Science, Practice, and Challenge of Treating OUD

Chapter 4 Embracing the New Medical Approach to Treating OUD 71

Chapter 5 The Pharmacology of Opioids 86

Chapter 6 Starting a Patient on Medication 104

Chapter 7 When Treating OUD Becomes a Challenge 114

Part 3 A Brief Guide for Families

Chapter 8 How to Encourage Your Loved One to Get Help-and How to Help Yourself 147

Chapter 9 Finding the Right Treatment 174

Chapter 10 How to Support Your Loved One in Treatment and Recovery 194

Part 4 For Patients: What to Expect in Treatment and Beyond

Chapter 11 Getting Ready to Stop Using Opioids 219

Chapter 12 The First Days and Weeks After You Stop Using 237

Chapter 13 The Next Months and Years Once You Are Drug Free 246

Epilogue: Overdoses as Missed Opportunities 253

Appendix A Quick Guide to Methadone 257

Appendix B Quick Guide to Buprenorphine 259

Appendix C Quick Guide to Naltrexone 262

Acknowledgments 265

Notes 269

Index 276

About the Authors 286

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