Opiate Addiction: Understanding Replacement Therapy

Total Running Time: 19 min. (In two chapters)

An informal lecture by Scott Farnum, Administrator, Acadia Hospital in Bangor, Maine. At Acadia's model drug treatment program, Farnum discusses the different types of opioids and their effects on the brain. Farnum's lecture clearly explains why replacement therapy is an effective way to recover from opioid addiction. While replacement therapy medications such as methadone and bupenorphine (Suboxone) are not magic bullets, they can help alleviate cravings and other withdrawal symptoms that often lead to relapse.



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