by Restorations Therapy Center on Friday, May 29th, 2020
As we conduct more research into addictions, results reveal varying possibilities of battling the opioid crisis. In addition to therapeutic measures to fight the psychological aspects of opioid use disorder (OUD), researchers look into the pharmacological options to accompany psychological treatment. Most research done on the opioid crisis focuses on overdose-reversing drugs, which do not address the addiction itself. Therefore the research is limited to the long-term results regarding pharmacotherapy or medical treatment using approved drugs for OUDs. The Journal of Addiction Medicine published a study called RECOVER, which examined participants in remission from chronic opioid use and studied the environmental and socioeconomic factors in recovery.
The researchers utilized 425 participants who completed self-assessments concerning their substance use. Furthermore, they expressed the treatment methods they attempted and psychological approaches as well to recover from their opioid use disorders (OUDs). The study sought to assess how the participants abstained from opioid use over 12 months, with participants self-reporting abstinence at the three, six, nine, and twelve-month visits. Additionally, the study used self-reported participant’s pain levels, withdrawal symptoms, depression levels, employment, and quality of life assessments to compare at the beginning of the research and the twelve-month visit.
Participants in the RECOVER study reported positive results, in which a little over half of them abstained from opioid use for twelve months. Furthermore, almost 70% of the participants said they had abstained the week before the twelve-month assessment. The study found that utilizing BUP-XR, an FDA-approved treatment for OUDs, which is a once-a-month extended-release injection, accounted for sustained levels of abstinence among participants. Furthermore, female participants were among the population that attained long-term sobriety throughout the study. Also, participants reported experiencing reductions in their withdrawal symptoms, less depression, lower pain levels, and positive outlooks on quality of life during the RECOVER study when compared with their pre-study assessments.
Studies like RECOVER help us understand the underlying causes of relapses and the long-term effects of multidimensional treatment, including pharmacotherapy. The first step in entering treatment for any substance use disorder (SUD), however, is admitting there is a problem. Then, one should seek a treatment center to help attain and maintain a long-lasting recovery. At Restorations Therapy, we aim to restore people’s lives from SUDs and utilize progressive therapeutic methods to offer individualized and high-quality care. If you or someone you know is battling a SUD, call us today at (720)-446-6585.