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Sober Champion staff use the National Institute on Drug Abuse as a go-to resource to study addiction treatment.

- Addiction and Counseling
- Addiction and Infectious Diseases
- Addiction and Co-Occurring Disorders
- Multiple Needs of Addicts and Alcoholics in Early Recovery
- Treatment Plan Specifics
- Adequate Treatment Period
- Drug Replacement Therapy
- Relapse During Treatment
- Long-Term Addiction Recovery
- Medical Detox
- No Single Treatment Works For All Addicts
- Treatment Must Be Readily Available
- Voluntary Addiction Treatment Is Not A Requirement For Success

"Medications are an important element of treatment for many patients, especially when combined with counseling and other behavioral therapies."


Methadone and levo-alpha-acetylmethadol (LAAM) are very effective in helping individuals addicted to heroin or other opiates stabilize their lives and reduce their illicit drug use. Naltrexone is also an effective medication for some opiate addicts and some patients with co-occurring alcohol dependence. Bupenorhpine is the most popular drug replacement therapy (DRT) these days.

For persons addicted to nicotine, a nicotine replacement product (such as patches or gum) or an oral medication (such as bupropion) can be an effective component of treatment.

For patients with mental disorders, both behavioral treatments and medications can be critically important.

Each medication choice must be made as part of an ongoing dialog with a well-intentioned and well-trained medical professional.

Your Sober Coach is neither doctor, nurse, nor diagnostician - and we work with all sorts of medical providers to assist our clients in selecting the right medications, evaluation of their effectiveness, and determining whether and when a new course is indicated.

Our service to any client taking - or considering taking - medication is reflective and feedback-based. A Sober Coach or Sober Companion from Sober Champion will take direction from doctors and will provide independent feedback to them. This is not about "snitching" on a client; this is about providing as much accurate and timely information to medical professional as possible.

We do not meddle. We serve as liasons between our clients and their doctors. It is one more way we serve to the best of our ability.




NIDA Notes Sober Coaching Articles Sober Companion Articles Addiction Recovery Articles
- NIDA: Heroin
- NIDA: Amphetamines
- NIDA: Alcohol
- NIDA: Prescription Drugs
- NIDA: Cocaine
- NIDA: Club Drugs
- NIDA: Inhalants
- NIDA: Bath Salts (Synthetic Cathinones)
- NIDA: Salvia
- NIDA: Steroid (Anabolic)
- What A Sober Coach Is NOT
- Sober Coach: Assigning The Right One
- Sober Coach: Self-Injury / Self=Harm
- Sober Coach: And The Intervention
- Sober Coach: After Leaving Treatment
- Sober Coach: Medical Benefits
- Sober Coach: On The Set With Us
- Sober Coach: Alernative Sentencing
- Sober Coach: Doctors & Dentists
- Sober Coach: Executive Drug Intervention
- Sober Escort: Get There Safely!
- Sober Companion: Can You Help Me?
- Sober Companion: Crisi Intervention
- Sober Companion: Fiduciary Management
- Sober Companion: A Sober Brain
- Sober Companion: Home After Rehab
- Sober Companion: For The Family
- Sober Companion: The Public Perception
- Sober Companion: Gambling Issues
- Sober Companion: Community Service
- Sober Companion: What We Are Not
- I Hate 12-Step Meetings!
- Kicked Out Of Rehab?
- Alarming Data About Addiction
- Are You Really An Addict?
- Harm Reduction or Damage Control?
- The Danger Of Dogma
- Drug & Alcohol Treatment Options
- The Family After An Intervention
- Family Interventions With A Sober Coach
- Drug Court: Is It For You?


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