In 2000, a survey revealed 16% of all adults in Texas were dependent on alcohol, while 5% were dependent on drugs. In 2012, nearly 9 out of every 100,000 adults in the state died from an overdose caused by a prescription drug. On a national level, substance abuse costs the country a total of $510.8 billion annually. With stressors on the rise every year, society is not showing signs of improving these figures, but the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School is determined not only to study the science behind addiction, but also offer a new resource for people to get help for their addiction.
UTHealth Medical School has just opened a new treatment facility for individuals with substance abuse issues, such as tobacco addiction, alcoholism, and addiction to narcotics. The Innovations in Addictions Treatment Clinic specializes in using medication-assisted treatments, and is an affiliate of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and the Center for Neurobehavioral Research on Addiction (CNRA).
Headed by its professor and medical director, Dr. Michael Weaver, the center is committed to providing its patients the latest evidence-based substance abuse treatments available. At the center, patients can receive medications to control their substance cravings so they can better focus on affecting positive behavioral and lifestyle modifications. The first steps to recovery involve the formulation of an individualized, comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan, medication-assisted therapy, counseling sessions, drug testing, and assistance with referrals.
Some of the medications a patient can be prescribed to help them quit smoking are Chantix (varenicline) and Zyban (bupropion). Those with alcohol dependence can receive Antabuse (disulfiram) and Campral (acamprosate), while Vivitrol (naltrexone) can help with alcohol and narcotic addiction. Addiction to opioids such as morphine, oxycodone, codeine, methadone, and hydrocodone are treated with Suboxone (buprenorphine) to control cravings.
If interested, or if you know someone who may need help, you may set an appointment, through 713-486-2525. The new clinic is located at 1941 East Road, Houston, TX 77054, United States.
In other news, Rice University’s Department of Psychology is working on using mobile sensing technology to detect and help prevent smoking relapses in people trying to quit smoking. Their goal is to devise a way for quitters to receive real-time relapse interventions.