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Overcoming Addiction: Hope with Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment

Overcoming Addiction: Hope with Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment

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November 27th 2013:Comfortably Getting Off Painkillers: The ‘Bupe’ Stepdown

With tens of thousands of people dying each year in the United States from opioid (painkiller) addiction, we need to optimize every resource to help extricate people from this trap of brain chemistry. Buprenorphine has provided an additional avenue out of the trap by either supporting a comfortable stepdown to abstinence over weeks, or continued drug maintenance; both avoiding the painful and destabilizing withdrawal. With no research supporting endless maintenance, our focus today is on the comfortable stepdown process and the phenomenon known as ‘dysphoric letdown’ that can challenge this

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Jim Herndon

Jim Herndon is a graduate of the University of Washington’s School of Medicine Physician Assistant program in 2002. Jim is the Founder of Addiction Therapeutic Services, an Intensive Outpatient Program. He also currently provides medical services at Michael’s House Treatment Center as a Medical Consultant. In 2008, Jim became Medical Director of ABC Recovery where he assists with admissions and works with medical staff to ensure quality care for the clients. Prior experience includes 5 years on the Medical staff at The Betty Ford Center. He was published in 2005 in the ASAM Journal of Addictive Diseases, having co-authored an abstract recognizing that Buprenorphine detoxification increase
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