What is Recovery?

Welcome to Appalachian Wellness and my first post on the journey of Addiction to Recovery; treatment of Addiction.

We at Appalachian Wellness provide Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for addiction.  “Suboxone” (generic is buprenorphine, Suboxone is the trademarked name of the combination of buprenorphine with the opiate blocker naloxone) is an opiate agonist/antagonist.  An agonist is an agent that “works like” the original item, an antagonist, works “against”, often by physically blocking the receptor that the original neurotransmitter or drug-mimic would normally fit in and activate; think of keys in a lock.  Agonists fit into and turn to open the lock.  Antagonists fit into but won’t turn to open the lock; thus “blocking” the effect of the normal molecule or mimicking drug that would go into that receptor.  The receptor is now occupied and won’t accept anything and it is left in the “off” position.

Recovery is an amazing thing.

Folks “use” alcohol and drugs to feel better.  Obviously!  But wait, that means that if they feel better, they don’t feel good, or right without the drug.  As it turns out, the brain of the alcoholic/addict is different from the brain of one who does not have this condition.  Use of the drug is actually only a symptom of the real problem!

Imagine being able to feel better without the need to stop and use anything!  Wouldn’t that be great?  Idyllic.

Wonderful news!  It’s here, it exists, it’s called “Recovery”.

Addiction–to alcohol, drugs, behaviors such as food, gambling, sex is a DISEASE.  Sometimes diseases get better without medication.  Usually however, medication will help resolve the problems caused by the disease.  Usually other forms of treatment such as lifestyle modification are also necessary.  Addiction is no different.

The 12-Step programs have the best track record for achievement of long-term, stable recovery; yet it’s only about 12.5% or 1 in 8.   MAT helps improve that rate of recovery.

Another great form of treatment is acupuncture in the form of Acudetox.  It doubles the rate of long-term recovery and is another service offered by Appalachian Wellness to promote recovery.  The first 3 treatments are free, then it’s offered for a mere $10 per treatment.  Sessions can last for up to an hour; we ask the patient how much time they’d like.  The treatment can take the most stressed out person imaginable and leave them splayed out across a chair looking like “road kill” in a state of blissful peace.  Once the needles are out, the person is right back to normal, although calmer and much more relaxed.  The effect can last for a few days.  It has to be felt to be believed.

Without recovery, options are bleak.  Addiction has been described as “cunning, baffling, powerful, ruthless & lethal”.  It leads to jails, institutions, death and a lot of suffering not only for/by the addict, but also their loved ones.  Addicts don’t form relationships; they take hostages!  Parents, spouses/significant others, children; all are subjected to trials they didn’t sign up for.  Misery loves company and addicts share their misery.  One of the best things for the hostages to do is attend meetings such as AlAnon, CoDependents Anonymous (CODA), NarAnon and others; these are 12-step type groups designed to help the family members of the afflicted just like Alcoholics Anonymous & Narcotics Anonymous are the similar groups for the addicted (alcoholism IS an addiction).

Appalachian Wellness PLLC is a website with a wealth of information to help those suffering directly or indirectly from the disease of addiction.

Please; let us help you!

Dr. Raymond Oenbrink
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