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The Growing U.S. Opioid Epidemic and Reliable Ways to Overcome Addiction

One of the most deadly disease epidemics to ever affect the United States is the current state of opiate abuse. Every day, over 130 people in the country die after overdosing on opioids and the misuse and addiction to opiates, including prescription medication, has become a national crisis that is having severe consequences on public health and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the economic burden of prescription opiate abuse currently costs the united states more than $78.5 billion every year. This includes the costs of addiction treatment, healthcare, criminal justice involvement and even money lost due to a lack of productivity from those affected by the addiction.

The source of this opiate abuse goes back to the late 1990s when pharmaceutical companies reassured the medical community that patients on opioid pain relief medication would not become addicted. This lead healthcare providers to provide higher doses and at greater frequencies, resulting in a widespread opiate abuse problem that has since gripped the country and caused massive issues. In 2017 alone, around 47,000 people died from an opiate overdose. The drugs included are not just heroin and illegally-obtained drugs, but also prescription opioids. In the same year, around 1.7 million people suffered from disorders that are related to opiate abuse that is related to prescription opiates.

It can feel incredibly daunting trying to recover from unintended opiate abuse especially if the problem started from prescription pain medication that was intended to help you. Luckily, overcoming addiction can be a straightforward and supportive process thanks to assistance from the BioCorRx Recovery Program.

What is the BioCorRx Recovery Program?

The BioCorRx Recovery Program is a comprehensive outpatient solution designed with non-addictive medication in mind. It uses a medically-assisted treatment (MAT) approach for alcohol and opioid use disorders and most typically includes either an implantable form of sustained release naltrexone or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-oriented counseling and six months of remote recovery support (RSS) care. The CBT is typically completed within around 90 days, and the program is made to fit within one’s existing workflow and lifestyle so that minimal disruptions are made.

How Does the BioCorRx Recovery Program Work?

The BioCorRx Recovery Program utilizes a mix of aggressive medical management and a proprietary CBT program with peer support that is specific to naltrexone treatment. The procedure involves a subcutaneous insertion of specially compounded implants (pellets) which contain naltrexone, an FDA-approved medication. The program is focused around the use of naltrexone in any sustained release such as implants or injectables.

Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist that helps to subside the “pleasure feelings” of opiates. The implanted pellets are completely biodegradable, meaning that it will slowly release naltrexone into the body over time and will reduce or effectively eliminate any cravings you receive from drugs and alcohol. It also helps to block the effect of certain opiates. There is no physical discomfort during this procedure, and it only requires a local anesthetic. It’s minimally invasive and takes no longer than 30 minutes to perform.

After this procedure, the BioCorRx Recovery Program switches to a multi-session CBT program that aims to identify the 35 critical areas which are essential to the early treatment of opiate abuse. There are several key concepts to cover which can help patients understand and address their specific issues, and many of the modules are created with the assistance of addiction experts that possess decades of experience. These modules are available via a workbook or even a mobile phone application for your convenience. Once both the procedure and CBT program have concluded, you’re provided with six months of a peer-support system that matches you with trained recovery specialists.

This holistic and comprehensive approach is what makes the BioCorRx Recovery Program so effective at pro-actively supporting an individual’s journey of opiate abuse recovery. The program can also be extended if needed both as a whole and by picking certain portions to reach based on your circumstances. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about the BioCorRx Recovery Program and the advantages it can offer you.

What Makes the BioCorRx Recovery Program Different?

There are advantages of choosing the BioCorRx Recovery Program as opposed to alternatives.

Naltrexone providers often administer the medication and do not offer a comprehensive behavioral program to go with the medication. This is not as effective as the approach that the BioCorRx Recovery Program takes.

There are no other recovery programs that provide specific MAT CBT modules that are specific to the use of naltrexone therapy along with six months of peer support.

BioCorRx Recovery Program patients can experience reductions in cravings from the first day instead of struggling for weeks or even months before seeing any results or changes in their behavior.

The 6-month peer-support system can assist patients in staying away from opiates for as long as possible, providing long-term support from trained recovery specialists.

A typical BioCorRx Recovery Program typically involves the following process;

1. The screening takes place for medical clearance, diagnosis, and appropriateness

2. Your history is examined, and a physical, blood work and EKG take place

3. You’ll receive a single pre-implant or injection counseling session

4. Medication is given

5. CBT modules are completed over the next 90 days

6. Follow-up with the medical practitioner for suture removal/well checks

7. Peer support period begins

This process may be extended depending on the personal circumstances experienced by the patient, but this can be used as a rough guideline of events.

If you’d like more information about the BioCorRx Recovery Program or would like to register your interest, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us as soon as possible to speak to one of our friendly representatives.

The Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

If you have a problem with addiction of any kind and are seeking help in overcoming it, some treatment options have been tried and found to be helpful to many people. If you are reading this page, you have already taken the first step toward seeking answers to help you overcome your addictive behavior.

Our BioCorRx® Recovery Program is a comprehensive outpatient “non-addictive” medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for alcohol and opioid addictions. As part of your treatment plan, you may choose to participate in cognitive behavioral therapy.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Defined

The Mayo Clinic defines cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as a type of “talk therapy” where you work with a mental health therapist in a structured way to help you “become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.”

Many thoughts and emotions cannot be logically explained, and many are also irrational. They have developed over the years based on past experiences.

For just one example, you may have developed negative thoughts about your appearance or your ability to achieve specific tasks and as a result, have low self-esteem. You avoid situations that might elicit those negative feelings of inadequacy. As a result, you may miss out on opportunities for job advancement or participation in social activities.

CBT essentially involves helping you to:

  • Identify your specific negative thoughts and emotions and what triggers them.
  • Evaluate whether or not your thoughts are an accurate description of reality.
  • Turn your negative thoughts that are not consistent with reality into positive ones that do accurately reflect your situation.

The process allows you to choose positive thoughts over negative ones which then changes how you respond to those thoughts.

CBT and Addiction

In the treatment of addiction, studies have shown that the use of medication in conjunction with CBT has more positive outcomes. There is evidence that the two combined treatments help reduce later drug use in more cases than for those whose only therapy is standard drug abuse treatment. The BioCorRx® Recovery Program combines a medication-assisted treatment program with cognitive behavioral therapy. See our program overview for more information and to learn how specifically we can help you.

If you are recovering from your addiction, you may have automatic negative thoughts in certain situations. These thoughts often come from past thoughts of inadequacy and self-doubt. To ease the pain of the negativity, you turn to drugs or alcohol. CBT helps with this in that it:

  • Provides you ways to dismiss your false beliefs and insecurities.
  • Provides you with self-help techniques to turn the negative thoughts into positive ones.
  • Teaches you how to communicate more effectively what your negative thoughts are and your plan to get past them.

The goal of CBT is to help you recognize situations you face every day that trigger your craving for your drug of choice. There are three criticalgoals involved:

1) Recognize your triggers. Identify what types of circumstances cause you to have negative thoughts that make you want to use your drug.

2) Avoid trigger situations. When you recognize what the triggers are, you can remove yourself from the situation causing that trigger. You can work to turn your negative thoughts into positive ones that should reduce the stress and need to use your drug.

3) Cope. CBT techniques can help you cope with the emotions you are feeling, caused by the negative thoughts, so the need to use your drug is at least somewhat alleviated to a degree you can avoid it.

How to Get the Most Out of CBT for Addiction

A major element of CBT is that you will collaborate with your therapist to meet the goals you establish as you work together. At your first session, your therapist will likely spend most of the time eliciting information from you to determine what your specific problems are. Then, together you will establish your goals.

In order to get the most out of your CBT sessions, and to allow it to work for you, you can take these steps.

1) View the therapy sessions as a partnership. Be sure you and your therapist agree about what your issues are and how you plan on dealing with them.

2) Be honest with your therapist. Openly share your thoughts, your feelings, and your experience. Listen to what your therapist says and be willing to accept new insights and ways of doing things. Share your painful emotions. If you are concerned about your therapist’s reaction to anything, you might say, share that concern with the therapist.

3) Follow your treatment plan. When you are feeling discouraged or despondent, the tendency is to cancel a therapist appointment. Do not do this. This will only make you feel worse and make it more difficult to go the next time.

Confidentiality

Anything you say during your session with your therapist is, with just a few exceptions, confidential. The only information your therapist may ethically or legally share with anyone else is:

  • If you threaten to harm or kill yourself.
  • If you threaten to harm or kill someone else.
  • If you admit to abusing a child or vulnerable adult over the age of 18.

You are unable to care for yourself.

For more information about how the BioCorRx® Recovery program works, contact us at https://www.beataddiction.com/resources/888-993-1099. You may also visit us online.

For more information, please call 888-993-1099

*The BioCorRx® Recovery Program is a medically based program that's only available from independent medical professionals, but it's not a cure and doesn't work for everyone. BioCorRx® does not sell to consumers and does not diagnose or treat individuals. Individual results will vary. Individuals should consult with their physician to determine if the program, or any portion of it, is right for them.

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