Elizabeth Brico is a freelance writer with an MFA in Writing & Poetics from Naropa University. She is a journalism fellow with TalkPoverty and a recipient of the 2021/22 Unicorn Fund. She is also a regular contributing writer for HealthyPlace’s trauma blog. Her work has appeared on Vice, Vox, Stat News, The Fix, and others. When she isn’t working, she can usually be found reading, writing, or watching speculative fiction.
Naltrexone can completely block the euphoric and pain-relieving effects of opioids, helping to deter opioid misuse by erasing the ability of a user to get high. It begins working slower and is longer lasting, so it won’t help in an overdose, but can help to manage an opioid use disorder. And, unlike naloxone, naltrexone can also be used in the treatment of alcohol use disorders.
When I was early in addiction recovery, anxiety and depression dominated my life. If that’s happening to you too, know that it’s normal.
A letter to anyone who has recently relapsed from journalist and person in recovery Elizabeth Brico: “Your recovery doesn’t have to end because of a relapse. Your value is not defined by your drug use, even if that drug use is ongoing.”
But the fight to de-stigmatize drug use and addiction is far from over. Change also begins in the hearts and minds of regular people. One way to help bring that about comes in the fairly simple format of changing the way we talk about addiction.
The language of addiction is changing, so should the way we identify ourselves in recovery also change?
How to deal with those family members who are insisting that you get off the meds that are helping you get your life back together.
When you think of buprenorphine (Suboxone) treatment for opioid addiction, what comes to mind? If you think of it as a detox aid, intended to help decrease the discomforts associated with withdrawal from heroin and other opioids of abuse, don’t feel bad. This is a common misconception—one that many people spread.