Jake Le Clair

Hepatitis C: The Silent Struggle of the Opioid Epidemic

The fatal results of the opioid epidemic are widely recognized. Anyone involved in substance abuse rehabilitation, and even many outside of it, knows of opioids’ deadly impact in the United States. Officially declared a Public Health Emergency in 2018, the opioid crisis continues its devastating push despite ongoing efforts to combat it.1 However, two more …

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Healing the Family and Finding Hope During the Holidays

The holiday season is supposed to be a time of happiness and good cheer. People adorn their homes with holiday decorations, restaurants and coffee shops switch to festive seasonal offerings, friends and colleagues get together for holiday parties, and families begin planning their annual gatherings. While the holidays always come with the hope for a …

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Medication-Assisted Treatment For Opioid Addiction: A Life-Saving Approach

In case it wasn’t difficult enough for addiction treatment professionals to dismantle the stigma surrounding addiction, they also have to work through the stigma surrounding some addiction treatment methods, too. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a primary method for treating people with substance use disorders. Primarily focused on opioid use disorder, MAT uses prescription medications to …

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How to Implement Culturally Competent Substance Abuse Care

Substance abuse affects all kinds of people regardless of age, gender, religion, profession, socioeconomic status, and other factors. These individuals grew up in different areas, have different beliefs, and come from different cultures. You must acknowledge and account for these differences when providing substance abuse treatment. The shift toward culturally competent substance abuse care is …

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What is Culturally Competent Care For Substance Abuse?

Most substance abuse professionals stress that effective substance abuse care is not a one-size-fits-all solution. You read it on almost every addiction treatment program’s website because the reality of it is undeniable. But there’s a big difference between understanding the importance of individualized treatment and providing it. There are plenty of clear reasons why people …

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Overdose Doesn’t Discriminate in a Fentanyl-Flooded Market

Opioid overdoses have been an insidious and ever-expanding problem over the last two decades. Once fentanyl made its way into the market in 2013, researchers observed a drastic and distressing increase in the number of lives lost to opioids.1 And as more people seek solace in the intense high induced by opioids, overdose rates only …

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