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MARS Gets New SAMHSA Funding to Provide Peer Recovery Support Throughout NY State: Successful Model of Peer Support Services, Training to Include Upstate NY Rural Areas


New York, NY (PRWEB) July 30, 2014

MARS™ (Medication-Assisted Recovery Services), a leading national nonprofit organization that provides peer support services and training to address the needs of the medication-assisted recovery community, is creating a much-needed and important enhancement for peer recovery support efforts throughout New York State that will include several rural areas in upstate NY.

As part of a new SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services) grant to create a statewide recovery network, MARS™ will address the distinct needs of the vast rural areas of New York State. Supportive peer communities require peer interaction, but in many areas in upstate NY, individuals are separated by distance as well as severe winter weather. The new rural MARS™ Communities will meet face-to-face, but infrequently. Their ongoing, daily interactions will take place electronically in the MARS™ REC Room™, an acronym that stands for Regional Electronic Community. There will be several REC Rooms across NY State, expanding the MARS Community’s reach, including those for whom scheduling is difficult due to employment or childcare responsibilities. The MARS™ educational groups and resource materials that are designed to help patients understand their addiction medication and medication-assisted recovery will be updated to include information not only about Methadone, but also about Suboxone® and Vivitrol®.

SAMHSA’s Recovery Community Services Program-Statewide Network Grant will also enable MARS to connect, support and give voice to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) patients throughout NY State in an online public advocacy forum. This online forum will provide linkages and support for political advocacy efforts, improving the ability for patients to meet and communicate with others in recovery. The MARS™ model has expanded on its success in providing peer support in areas where people can gather frequently by including rural patients in its community of peer support and education. Similarly, this public advocacy effort will extend its reach to the larger recovery community throughout NY State. Its new web initiative will also be helpful in enhancing their 60-hour training sequence for the NY State Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC) credential.

According to Walter Ginter, MARS™ Project Director, “We are thrilled to receive this new SAMHSA grant as an important way to help those across New York State receive needed peer recovery and support services that have not previously been easily accessible or available to them.” Mr. Ginter continued, “As a nationally-recognized program with a long history of positive outcomes, MARS™ is proud to be part of the advocacy efforts of the rapidly expanding recovery community statewide. By improving linkages among communities of recovery, we will be able to advocate, educate and support recovery efforts more effectively.”

The MARS™ model has been successfully replicated across the United States, and any Opioid Treatment Provider (OTP), in any state, can learn to create a MARS™ Community by attending the Beyond MARS™ Training Institute’s Implementation Team Training. The 3-day training is held in New York at the Ira J. Marion Wellness Center at Waters Place, part of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The registration fee is $ 2,950; this fee includes instruction, MARS™ implementation materials, and lunch on all 3 days for a team of 4 individuals from a single program. Each program sends an administrator, a counselor, and 2 patients. For the upcoming September 17th-19th 2014 training, scholarships will be available to cover the fee for 2 patients on an individual implementation team, reducing the total team fee by half to $ 1,475. To register for the Beyond MARS™ Implementation Team Training or to learn more about how to assemble an effective implementation team, contact MARS™ at 718.742.7804 or BeyondMARS(at)MARSproject(dot)org.

ABOUT MARS™

Medication-Assisted Recovery Services (MARS™) is a peer-initiated recovery support project, sponsored by the National Alliance of Medication-Assisted (NAMA) Recovery, which improves treatment outcomes and fights the stigma that can negatively impact sustained recovery efforts. In collaboration with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the original MARS™ Community was launched in 2006 with funding from a SAMHSA RCSP grant.

In 2012, the Beyond MARS™ Training Institute was formed to replicate this model and implement MARS™ “satellite” programs across the United States. The growing MARS™ Community currently includes fourteen programs. MARS™ offers a wide range of training and technical assistance services. To learn more about Medication-Assisted Recovery Services, visit http://www.MarsProject.org.







MARS Gets New SAMHSA Funding to Provide Peer Recovery Support Throughout NY State: Successful Model of Peer Support Services, Training to Include Upstate NY Rural Areas


New York, NY (PRWEB) July 30, 2014

MARS™ (Medication-Assisted Recovery Services), a leading national nonprofit organization that provides peer support services and training to address the needs of the medication-assisted recovery community, is creating a much-needed and important enhancement for peer recovery support efforts throughout New York State that will include several rural areas in upstate NY.

As part of a new SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services) grant to create a statewide recovery network, MARS™ will address the distinct needs of the vast rural areas of New York State. Supportive peer communities require peer interaction, but in many areas in upstate NY, individuals are separated by distance as well as severe winter weather. The new rural MARS™ Communities will meet face-to-face, but infrequently. Their ongoing, daily interactions will take place electronically in the MARS™ REC Room™, an acronym that stands for Regional Electronic Community. There will be several REC Rooms across NY State, expanding the MARS Community’s reach, including those for whom scheduling is difficult due to employment or childcare responsibilities. The MARS™ educational groups and resource materials that are designed to help patients understand their addiction medication and medication-assisted recovery will be updated to include information not only about Methadone, but also about Suboxone® and Vivitrol®.

SAMHSA’s Recovery Community Services Program-Statewide Network Grant will also enable MARS to connect, support and give voice to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) patients throughout NY State in an online public advocacy forum. This online forum will provide linkages and support for political advocacy efforts, improving the ability for patients to meet and communicate with others in recovery. The MARS™ model has expanded on its success in providing peer support in areas where people can gather frequently by including rural patients in its community of peer support and education. Similarly, this public advocacy effort will extend its reach to the larger recovery community throughout NY State. Its new web initiative will also be helpful in enhancing their 60-hour training sequence for the NY State Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC) credential.

According to Walter Ginter, MARS™ Project Director, “We are thrilled to receive this new SAMHSA grant as an important way to help those across New York State receive needed peer recovery and support services that have not previously been easily accessible or available to them.” Mr. Ginter continued, “As a nationally-recognized program with a long history of positive outcomes, MARS™ is proud to be part of the advocacy efforts of the rapidly expanding recovery community statewide. By improving linkages among communities of recovery, we will be able to advocate, educate and support recovery efforts more effectively.”

The MARS™ model has been successfully replicated across the United States, and any Opioid Treatment Provider (OTP), in any state, can learn to create a MARS™ Community by attending the Beyond MARS™ Training Institute’s Implementation Team Training. The 3-day training is held in New York at the Ira J. Marion Wellness Center at Waters Place, part of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The registration fee is $ 2,950; this fee includes instruction, MARS™ implementation materials, and lunch on all 3 days for a team of 4 individuals from a single program. Each program sends an administrator, a counselor, and 2 patients. For the upcoming September 17th-19th 2014 training, scholarships will be available to cover the fee for 2 patients on an individual implementation team, reducing the total team fee by half to $ 1,475. To register for the Beyond MARS™ Implementation Team Training or to learn more about how to assemble an effective implementation team, contact MARS™ at 718.742.7804 or BeyondMARS(at)MARSproject(dot)org.

ABOUT MARS™

Medication-Assisted Recovery Services (MARS™) is a peer-initiated recovery support project, sponsored by the National Alliance of Medication-Assisted (NAMA) Recovery, which improves treatment outcomes and fights the stigma that can negatively impact sustained recovery efforts. In collaboration with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the original MARS™ Community was launched in 2006 with funding from a SAMHSA RCSP grant.

In 2012, the Beyond MARS™ Training Institute was formed to replicate this model and implement MARS™ “satellite” programs across the United States. The growing MARS™ Community currently includes fourteen programs. MARS™ offers a wide range of training and technical assistance services. To learn more about Medication-Assisted Recovery Services, visit http://www.MarsProject.org.







New Prescription Opiate Zohydro Has Strong Potential for Abuse Warns Aid in Recovery


(PRWEB) August 28, 2014

Aid in Recovery, a full service drug and alcohol treatment center, released a statement today regarding the potential for abuse of a dangerous new painkiller, Zohydro, which is marketed to chronic pain sufferers. The drug, an extended-release painkiller that contains hydrocodone, is available in doses up to 50 milligrams, which is much higher than many similar hydrocodone prescription pills.

According to the manufacturer, Zogenix, the drug was created to avoid liver damage, which is a risk with drugs that contain both hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Zohydro contains no acetaminophen, and so negates that risk.

The drug is meant to release small dosages of hydrocodone to the body over time. However, Zohydro contains no abuse-deterring properties, so addicts can easily crush up the drug and snort it to receive the entire dosage of hydrocodone immediately. The potential for abuse is alarming, and since there are so many other choices for pain medication, many of which already contain abuse-deterrents, Zohydro is a particularly dangerous and unnecessary medication. Even Zogenix’s page on Zohydro warns of addiction and abuse risks, “even at recommended doses.”

Aid in Recovery calls for heavy FDA scrutiny of Zohydro, and believes that the best solution is likely the removal of the drug from the market. Instead, medication manufacturers should focus on the creation of pain creams and other non-addictive pain solutions with limited potential for abuse.

“Zohydro is just another drug that can further prescription and opiate abuse in this country, which in recent years is such a rapidly growing epidemic,” said Michael Lukens, Psychologist at Aid in Recovery. “We need more common sense products that don’t worsen this trend, not more drugs that feed addiction and introduce new users to opiates.”

Aid in Recovery will continue to monitor the news surrounding Zohydro, and hopes to see a resolution that keeps new drugs out of the hands of prescription drug and opiate abusers. For more information on treatment and addiction programs available at Aid in Recovery, visit them at http://www.aidinrecovery.com/

About Us

Aid in Recovery is a premier drug and alcohol treatment center. Our approach is defined by recognizing each clients need for a personalized drug and alcohol treatment program. We aren’t a hospital-like institution and there’s a good reason for that. We believe that treating each client as an individual is crucial to delivering the best possible patient care. At a busy clinic-like program, it simply isn’t possible for a therapist to truly get to know each client and understand their specific needs. To best meet the needs of each patient we treat, we offer a diverse curriculum with a focus on both mind and body designed to meet the individual. We treat every patient as an individual and we work with one patient at a time and guide them to a new life in recovery. To learn more about the specifics of our program, please visit our program details page.

View our drug and alcohol treatment services or give us a call at 1-855-223-6171.







MARS Gets New SAMHSA Funding to Provide Peer Recovery Support Throughout NY State: Successful Model of Peer Support Services, Training to Include Upstate NY Rural Areas


New York, NY (PRWEB) July 30, 2014

MARS™ (Medication-Assisted Recovery Services), a leading national nonprofit organization that provides peer support services and training to address the needs of the medication-assisted recovery community, is creating a much-needed and important enhancement for peer recovery support efforts throughout New York State that will include several rural areas in upstate NY.

As part of a new SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services) grant to create a statewide recovery network, MARS™ will address the distinct needs of the vast rural areas of New York State. Supportive peer communities require peer interaction, but in many areas in upstate NY, individuals are separated by distance as well as severe winter weather. The new rural MARS™ Communities will meet face-to-face, but infrequently. Their ongoing, daily interactions will take place electronically in the MARS™ REC Room™, an acronym that stands for Regional Electronic Community. There will be several REC Rooms across NY State, expanding the MARS Community’s reach, including those for whom scheduling is difficult due to employment or childcare responsibilities. The MARS™ educational groups and resource materials that are designed to help patients understand their addiction medication and medication-assisted recovery will be updated to include information not only about Methadone, but also about Suboxone® and Vivitrol®.

SAMHSA’s Recovery Community Services Program-Statewide Network Grant will also enable MARS to connect, support and give voice to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) patients throughout NY State in an online public advocacy forum. This online forum will provide linkages and support for political advocacy efforts, improving the ability for patients to meet and communicate with others in recovery. The MARS™ model has expanded on its success in providing peer support in areas where people can gather frequently by including rural patients in its community of peer support and education. Similarly, this public advocacy effort will extend its reach to the larger recovery community throughout NY State. Its new web initiative will also be helpful in enhancing their 60-hour training sequence for the NY State Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC) credential.

According to Walter Ginter, MARS™ Project Director, “We are thrilled to receive this new SAMHSA grant as an important way to help those across New York State receive needed peer recovery and support services that have not previously been easily accessible or available to them.” Mr. Ginter continued, “As a nationally-recognized program with a long history of positive outcomes, MARS™ is proud to be part of the advocacy efforts of the rapidly expanding recovery community statewide. By improving linkages among communities of recovery, we will be able to advocate, educate and support recovery efforts more effectively.”

The MARS™ model has been successfully replicated across the United States, and any Opioid Treatment Provider (OTP), in any state, can learn to create a MARS™ Community by attending the Beyond MARS™ Training Institute’s Implementation Team Training. The 3-day training is held in New York at the Ira J. Marion Wellness Center at Waters Place, part of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The registration fee is $ 2,950; this fee includes instruction, MARS™ implementation materials, and lunch on all 3 days for a team of 4 individuals from a single program. Each program sends an administrator, a counselor, and 2 patients. For the upcoming September 17th-19th 2014 training, scholarships will be available to cover the fee for 2 patients on an individual implementation team, reducing the total team fee by half to $ 1,475. To register for the Beyond MARS™ Implementation Team Training or to learn more about how to assemble an effective implementation team, contact MARS™ at 718.742.7804 or BeyondMARS(at)MARSproject(dot)org.

ABOUT MARS™

Medication-Assisted Recovery Services (MARS™) is a peer-initiated recovery support project, sponsored by the National Alliance of Medication-Assisted (NAMA) Recovery, which improves treatment outcomes and fights the stigma that can negatively impact sustained recovery efforts. In collaboration with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the original MARS™ Community was launched in 2006 with funding from a SAMHSA RCSP grant.

In 2012, the Beyond MARS™ Training Institute was formed to replicate this model and implement MARS™ “satellite” programs across the United States. The growing MARS™ Community currently includes fourteen programs. MARS™ offers a wide range of training and technical assistance services. To learn more about Medication-Assisted Recovery Services, visit http://www.MarsProject.org.







New Prescription Opiate Zohydro Has Strong Potential for Abuse Warns Aid in Recovery


(PRWEB) August 28, 2014

Aid in Recovery, a full service drug and alcohol treatment center, released a statement today regarding the potential for abuse of a dangerous new painkiller, Zohydro, which is marketed to chronic pain sufferers. The drug, an extended-release painkiller that contains hydrocodone, is available in doses up to 50 milligrams, which is much higher than many similar hydrocodone prescription pills.

According to the manufacturer, Zogenix, the drug was created to avoid liver damage, which is a risk with drugs that contain both hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Zohydro contains no acetaminophen, and so negates that risk.

The drug is meant to release small dosages of hydrocodone to the body over time. However, Zohydro contains no abuse-deterring properties, so addicts can easily crush up the drug and snort it to receive the entire dosage of hydrocodone immediately. The potential for abuse is alarming, and since there are so many other choices for pain medication, many of which already contain abuse-deterrents, Zohydro is a particularly dangerous and unnecessary medication. Even Zogenix’s page on Zohydro warns of addiction and abuse risks, “even at recommended doses.”

Aid in Recovery calls for heavy FDA scrutiny of Zohydro, and believes that the best solution is likely the removal of the drug from the market. Instead, medication manufacturers should focus on the creation of pain creams and other non-addictive pain solutions with limited potential for abuse.

“Zohydro is just another drug that can further prescription and opiate abuse in this country, which in recent years is such a rapidly growing epidemic,” said Michael Lukens, Psychologist at Aid in Recovery. “We need more common sense products that don’t worsen this trend, not more drugs that feed addiction and introduce new users to opiates.”

Aid in Recovery will continue to monitor the news surrounding Zohydro, and hopes to see a resolution that keeps new drugs out of the hands of prescription drug and opiate abusers. For more information on treatment and addiction programs available at Aid in Recovery, visit them at http://www.aidinrecovery.com/

About Us

Aid in Recovery is a premier drug and alcohol treatment center. Our approach is defined by recognizing each clients need for a personalized drug and alcohol treatment program. We aren’t a hospital-like institution and there’s a good reason for that. We believe that treating each client as an individual is crucial to delivering the best possible patient care. At a busy clinic-like program, it simply isn’t possible for a therapist to truly get to know each client and understand their specific needs. To best meet the needs of each patient we treat, we offer a diverse curriculum with a focus on both mind and body designed to meet the individual. We treat every patient as an individual and we work with one patient at a time and guide them to a new life in recovery. To learn more about the specifics of our program, please visit our program details page.

View our drug and alcohol treatment services or give us a call at 1-855-223-6171.







Just What To Investigate For In A Xanax Rehabs And Substance Recovery Center

In today’s fast-changing and fast paced society, some people pick up different kinds of diseases that originate from their failure to handle with the transitions all around them. Sadly, some people manifest their lack of ability to cope with stress and the demands of everyday life by falling into the trap of addiction.

Many individuals who suffer from addiction are the ones which encounter unrestrainable behavior, which can be frequently the result of depression and anxiety. By and large, these people are not aware their addiction until it has entirely taken control over their lives.

There are actually various institutions offering support and the much needed attention for many who want to discover a cure for their addiction and depression. Addicts can count on rehab centers such as Xanax rehabs Center to provide them a holistic recovery approach that will not only allow them to encounter their personal painful emotions but in addition help them learn the very best ways to manage their own negative views and behaviors.

It is crucial for addicts to understand where their damaging thoughts and destructive habits are originating from. This is where most drug rehabilitation centers vary. Some rehab centers focus mainly on the individuals unfavorable behavior and neglect to provide more awareness of exactly what actually brings about their depression and altered thinking.

The best treatment is one that enables the addicts to confront their agony and convey their feelings. Xanax rehabs Center moves one step further by allowing the addicts to direct their valid emotions toward an even more innovative approach.

By providing recovering addicts the means to convey themselves creatively, Xanax rehabs Center successfully brings them to the most effective road to recovery. This alternative procedure for addiction recovery educates addicts to assess their feelings and deal with their hardship by getting more in touch with their own senses.

There are seven senses that evaluate info in a person’s surroundings, and these send out related signals to the brain. When addicts turn out to be more conscious of their senses (sight, smell, touch, taste, hearing, balance, and internal sensations), they at some point recognize that they can’t feel their thoughts. They discover that their depression and damaging thought processes are nothing but physical sensations.

By paying close focus on what they sense from their surroundings, addicts can easily find the origin of their stress. They learn that every time they fret, their thoughts send impulses to their brain. It is actually not the thought that they are feeling but their bodys reaction to the physical sensations induced by the thought itself.

This is how it works. Whenever a person starts to get worried, he or she transmits a thought which the brain identifies as a threat. The brain then transmits signals to the body to defend itself by releasing chemicals such as adrenaline and cortisol. The human body responds appropriately to the signals sent by the brain, signals which are generally activated by the feelings of a person who started stressing.

Simply by knowing this, addicts realize the significance of paying closer focus on what they sense from their surroundings. They figure out how to manage their thoughts far better in order to avoid the possible body responses that can trigger their anxiety and depression. It is this kind of addiction recovery approach that sets Xanax rehabs Center apart from the rest since it is where addicts learn how to be far better linked to their own humanity.

In case you’d like to learn far more about Xanax rehabs please get in touch with Hawaii Island Recovery at 866-515-5032

MARS Gets New SAMHSA Funding to Provide Peer Recovery Support Throughout NY State: Successful Model of Peer Support Services, Training to Include Upstate NY Rural Areas


New York, NY (PRWEB) July 30, 2014

MARS™ (Medication-Assisted Recovery Services), a leading national nonprofit organization that provides peer support services and training to address the needs of the medication-assisted recovery community, is creating a much-needed and important enhancement for peer recovery support efforts throughout New York State that will include several rural areas in upstate NY.

As part of a new SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services) grant to create a statewide recovery network, MARS™ will address the distinct needs of the vast rural areas of New York State. Supportive peer communities require peer interaction, but in many areas in upstate NY, individuals are separated by distance as well as severe winter weather. The new rural MARS™ Communities will meet face-to-face, but infrequently. Their ongoing, daily interactions will take place electronically in the MARS™ REC Room™, an acronym that stands for Regional Electronic Community. There will be several REC Rooms across NY State, expanding the MARS Community’s reach, including those for whom scheduling is difficult due to employment or childcare responsibilities. The MARS™ educational groups and resource materials that are designed to help patients understand their addiction medication and medication-assisted recovery will be updated to include information not only about Methadone, but also about Suboxone® and Vivitrol®.

SAMHSA’s Recovery Community Services Program-Statewide Network Grant will also enable MARS to connect, support and give voice to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) patients throughout NY State in an online public advocacy forum. This online forum will provide linkages and support for political advocacy efforts, improving the ability for patients to meet and communicate with others in recovery. The MARS™ model has expanded on its success in providing peer support in areas where people can gather frequently by including rural patients in its community of peer support and education. Similarly, this public advocacy effort will extend its reach to the larger recovery community throughout NY State. Its new web initiative will also be helpful in enhancing their 60-hour training sequence for the NY State Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC) credential.

According to Walter Ginter, MARS™ Project Director, “We are thrilled to receive this new SAMHSA grant as an important way to help those across New York State receive needed peer recovery and support services that have not previously been easily accessible or available to them.” Mr. Ginter continued, “As a nationally-recognized program with a long history of positive outcomes, MARS™ is proud to be part of the advocacy efforts of the rapidly expanding recovery community statewide. By improving linkages among communities of recovery, we will be able to advocate, educate and support recovery efforts more effectively.”

The MARS™ model has been successfully replicated across the United States, and any Opioid Treatment Provider (OTP), in any state, can learn to create a MARS™ Community by attending the Beyond MARS™ Training Institute’s Implementation Team Training. The 3-day training is held in New York at the Ira J. Marion Wellness Center at Waters Place, part of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The registration fee is $ 2,950; this fee includes instruction, MARS™ implementation materials, and lunch on all 3 days for a team of 4 individuals from a single program. Each program sends an administrator, a counselor, and 2 patients. For the upcoming September 17th-19th 2014 training, scholarships will be available to cover the fee for 2 patients on an individual implementation team, reducing the total team fee by half to $ 1,475. To register for the Beyond MARS™ Implementation Team Training or to learn more about how to assemble an effective implementation team, contact MARS™ at 718.742.7804 or BeyondMARS(at)MARSproject(dot)org.

ABOUT MARS™

Medication-Assisted Recovery Services (MARS™) is a peer-initiated recovery support project, sponsored by the National Alliance of Medication-Assisted (NAMA) Recovery, which improves treatment outcomes and fights the stigma that can negatively impact sustained recovery efforts. In collaboration with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the original MARS™ Community was launched in 2006 with funding from a SAMHSA RCSP grant.

In 2012, the Beyond MARS™ Training Institute was formed to replicate this model and implement MARS™ “satellite” programs across the United States. The growing MARS™ Community currently includes fourteen programs. MARS™ offers a wide range of training and technical assistance services. To learn more about Medication-Assisted Recovery Services, visit http://www.MarsProject.org.







New Prescription Opiate Zohydro Has Strong Potential for Abuse Warns Aid in Recovery


(PRWEB) August 28, 2014

Aid in Recovery, a full service drug and alcohol treatment center, released a statement today regarding the potential for abuse of a dangerous new painkiller, Zohydro, which is marketed to chronic pain sufferers. The drug, an extended-release painkiller that contains hydrocodone, is available in doses up to 50 milligrams, which is much higher than many similar hydrocodone prescription pills.

According to the manufacturer, Zogenix, the drug was created to avoid liver damage, which is a risk with drugs that contain both hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Zohydro contains no acetaminophen, and so negates that risk.

The drug is meant to release small dosages of hydrocodone to the body over time. However, Zohydro contains no abuse-deterring properties, so addicts can easily crush up the drug and snort it to receive the entire dosage of hydrocodone immediately. The potential for abuse is alarming, and since there are so many other choices for pain medication, many of which already contain abuse-deterrents, Zohydro is a particularly dangerous and unnecessary medication. Even Zogenix’s page on Zohydro warns of addiction and abuse risks, “even at recommended doses.”

Aid in Recovery calls for heavy FDA scrutiny of Zohydro, and believes that the best solution is likely the removal of the drug from the market. Instead, medication manufacturers should focus on the creation of pain creams and other non-addictive pain solutions with limited potential for abuse.

“Zohydro is just another drug that can further prescription and opiate abuse in this country, which in recent years is such a rapidly growing epidemic,” said Michael Lukens, Psychologist at Aid in Recovery. “We need more common sense products that don’t worsen this trend, not more drugs that feed addiction and introduce new users to opiates.”

Aid in Recovery will continue to monitor the news surrounding Zohydro, and hopes to see a resolution that keeps new drugs out of the hands of prescription drug and opiate abusers. For more information on treatment and addiction programs available at Aid in Recovery, visit them at http://www.aidinrecovery.com/

About Us

Aid in Recovery is a premier drug and alcohol treatment center. Our approach is defined by recognizing each clients need for a personalized drug and alcohol treatment program. We aren’t a hospital-like institution and there’s a good reason for that. We believe that treating each client as an individual is crucial to delivering the best possible patient care. At a busy clinic-like program, it simply isn’t possible for a therapist to truly get to know each client and understand their specific needs. To best meet the needs of each patient we treat, we offer a diverse curriculum with a focus on both mind and body designed to meet the individual. We treat every patient as an individual and we work with one patient at a time and guide them to a new life in recovery. To learn more about the specifics of our program, please visit our program details page.

View our drug and alcohol treatment services or give us a call at 1-855-223-6171.







New Prescription Opiate Zohydro Has Strong Potential for Abuse Warns Aid in Recovery


(PRWEB) August 28, 2014

Aid in Recovery, a full service drug and alcohol treatment center, released a statement today regarding the potential for abuse of a dangerous new painkiller, Zohydro, which is marketed to chronic pain sufferers. The drug, an extended-release painkiller that contains hydrocodone, is available in doses up to 50 milligrams, which is much higher than many similar hydrocodone prescription pills.

According to the manufacturer, Zogenix, the drug was created to avoid liver damage, which is a risk with drugs that contain both hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Zohydro contains no acetaminophen, and so negates that risk.

The drug is meant to release small dosages of hydrocodone to the body over time. However, Zohydro contains no abuse-deterring properties, so addicts can easily crush up the drug and snort it to receive the entire dosage of hydrocodone immediately. The potential for abuse is alarming, and since there are so many other choices for pain medication, many of which already contain abuse-deterrents, Zohydro is a particularly dangerous and unnecessary medication. Even Zogenix’s page on Zohydro warns of addiction and abuse risks, “even at recommended doses.”

Aid in Recovery calls for heavy FDA scrutiny of Zohydro, and believes that the best solution is likely the removal of the drug from the market. Instead, medication manufacturers should focus on the creation of pain creams and other non-addictive pain solutions with limited potential for abuse.

“Zohydro is just another drug that can further prescription and opiate abuse in this country, which in recent years is such a rapidly growing epidemic,” said Michael Lukens, Psychologist at Aid in Recovery. “We need more common sense products that don’t worsen this trend, not more drugs that feed addiction and introduce new users to opiates.”

Aid in Recovery will continue to monitor the news surrounding Zohydro, and hopes to see a resolution that keeps new drugs out of the hands of prescription drug and opiate abusers. For more information on treatment and addiction programs available at Aid in Recovery, visit them at http://www.aidinrecovery.com/

About Us

Aid in Recovery is a premier drug and alcohol treatment center. Our approach is defined by recognizing each clients need for a personalized drug and alcohol treatment program. We aren’t a hospital-like institution and there’s a good reason for that. We believe that treating each client as an individual is crucial to delivering the best possible patient care. At a busy clinic-like program, it simply isn’t possible for a therapist to truly get to know each client and understand their specific needs. To best meet the needs of each patient we treat, we offer a diverse curriculum with a focus on both mind and body designed to meet the individual. We treat every patient as an individual and we work with one patient at a time and guide them to a new life in recovery. To learn more about the specifics of our program, please visit our program details page.

View our drug and alcohol treatment services or give us a call at 1-855-223-6171.







Latest A Forever Recovery Blog Post Asks: Can I Be Addicted to My Anxiety Medication?


Battle Creek, MI (PRWEB) May 21, 2014

A Forever Recovery, an open-ended drug and alcohol treatment program that gets clients off to a great start and gives them a solid foundation in recovery they can believe in, is asking a critically important question in its latest blog post: Can I be addicted to my anxiety medication?

“As we become more aware of the debilitating and potentially life-threatening effects of anxiety disorders, more individuals each year are being prescribed medication to help them manage their condition and lead healthy, productive lives,” commented A Forever Recovery’s CEO Per Wickstrom. “However, anxiety medication abuse and addiction are also on the rise. In fact, in recent years there has been an alarming 300% increase in the number of people seeking treatment for addiction to anxiety medications such as Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Librium, Rohypnol, Ativan, Serax and other drugs that fall into the enzodiazepines class.”

According to the A Forever Recovery blog post, an individual may be addicted to anxiety medication if they experience any of the following signs and symptoms:


Difficulty controlling use
Seeking multiple prescriptions or “doctor shopping”
Other “drug seeking behavior”
Concurrent use of other addictive drugs, like alcohol
Preference to drug use over other activities
Signs of withdrawal (described above)

“Given the rather severe withdrawal issues associated with addiction to anxiety medication, individuals are strongly urged not to try and quit cold turkey,” added Per Wickstrom. “The best route is to seek inpatient treatment at a certified local facility, where they can get the around-the-clock medical care and support they need to handle both the detox and the vulnerable post-recovery phase.”

The full text of A Forever Recovery’s latest blog post entitled “Can I be Addicted to my Anxiety Medication?” is available at http://aforeverrecovery.com/blog/addiction/can-addicted-anxiety-medication/

About A Forever Recovery

A Forever Recovery program is an open-ended drug and alcohol treatment program that gets clients off to a great start and gives them a solid foundation in recovery they can believe in. Not every treatment methodology works for every client. Some people are very receptive to 12-step principles, whereas others are more comfortable with faith-based treatment. Cognitive approaches have excellent success, whereas others thrive within a more holistic approach. A Forever Recovery allows clients to choose from a wide range of recovery methodologies, coupled with Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT), to achieve success rates unmatched in the addiction treatment industry. The bottom line is that there is no single therapeutic approach to recovery that works for everyone… until now.

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