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Vivitrol: An Extremely Effective Ally In Fighting Opioid Addiction featuring Dr. Russell Surasky

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Let me tell you a story of a young man from a privileged Long Island community who was injured in a crash while away at college was prescribed Percocets for the pain — a story that epitomizes the national opioid epidemic.

Well call him Mike to protect his identity, a summation of his journey are as follows: his chronic injuries continued, as did the pain, prescription drugs ensued, which evolved into street drugs and Mike’s life becomes a calamity of shakespearean proportions.    

Mike may have lost his job, girlfriend and savings, but he didn’t lose hope. He sought out an addiction doctor. Who suggested he try out Vivitrol. Luckily there is a happy ending to the story, Mike got clean and he attested Vivitrol to being a major factor in saving his life. So what is this drug that counteracts addiction?

What is Vivitrol & How Does It Work?

Vivitrol is a once-monthly injection that dramatically reduces cravings for opiate drugs. In contrast to Suboxone and Methadone, Vivitrol is not an opiate, it is not addictive, and does not cause physical dependence. Even more impressive is the fact that if a patient taking Vivitrol were to use opiates they would not feel high, not get sick; simply nothing would occur. The user’s desired effects are negated. Vivitrol is not a life sentence of medication. Treatment length varies but typically lasts for approximately 1 year.

Dr. Russell Surasky of New York is a neurology specialist. Dr. Surasky is triple board certified in neurology, addiction medicine, and preventive medicine. Currently he is the medical director of Bridge Back to Life, a multi-center outpatient addiction treatment program and the founder of the Surasky Neurological Center for Addiction in Great Neck, N.Y. Dr. Surasky calls Vivitrol one of the most effective treatments for opioid addiction.

“With the patient’s firm commitment to recovery, along with counseling and a strong support system, Vivitrol is a powerful tool in treating addiction to opioids and alcohol,” Surasky says. “Treatment with medication along with ongoing substance-abuse therapy and support offers patients a lifeline. Our patients have had remarkable success with Vivitrol. They tell us that they no longer crave or even think about opiates and they feel they have finally broken the chains of addiction.”

“There is nothing more important than keeping families whole, When someone has a substance use disorder, not only are they suffering but so is their family … we all need to join forces to try and keep people alive. No one is immune. No community is exempt.

Vivitrol may be the lifeline that is needed.

SHOT AT LIFE VIVITROL EDUCATION & SUPPORT GROUP

7-9 p.m. Tuesdays

St Bernard’s Parish School

3100 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown

2nd floor room #209

Michelle has been a part of the journey ever since Bigtime Daily started. As a strong learner and passionate writer, she contributes her editing skills for the news agency. She also jots down intellectual pieces from categories such as science and health.

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Fitness Experts Give Tips on How to Do a Juice Cleanse

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Everyone loves to feel refreshed and healthy. A juice cleanse is the best way to feel so. However, not everyone knows how to do a juice cleanse. If not done correctly, a juice cleanse may do more harm than good. It is always better to be informed and equipped with knowledge about what you are doing.

The first tip that fitness experts suggest is to do a pre-cleanse before a juice cleanse. A pre-cleanse will make your body ready for the juice only diet. If you are a clean eater, 1-2 days of pre-cleansing is suitable. But if you indulge a bit on weekends, then 3-4 days of pre-cleansing is better.

People who are junk food junkies and are emotional eaters need to have a more extended period of pre-cleanse. It may be 5-7 days of pre-cleanse for them.

While on the pre cleanse, it is important to drink the much-needed water. The body needs hydration, and most of the time, dehydration is mistaken for hunger. That’s why one must drink sufficient water.

Caffeine is an acidic intake, and it does not help with the cleansing. So, while on a pre-cleansing diet, one must avoid caffeine or opt for a low-acidic caffeine drink.

Fruits and veggies are always our friends. One must incorporate more fruits and veggies into the diet because they elevate the enzyme intake. In the pre-cleanse period, one must take more servings of vegetables and fruits.

Moreover, one must avoid all the animal products, a couple of days before the cleanse. Do not include meat, eggs, or dairy products in the diet in the pre-cleanse period. Animal products place a higher demand on your digestive system, so before and during cleanse, one must avoid consuming animal products.

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