When you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, there is no “quick fix.” When you’re researching the help available, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the options and the foreign terminology. Rehab, detox, inpatient, outpatient, IOP, partial hospitalization…the list goes on. It doesn’t matter what label you put on the program. You just [...]
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If you live in the Portland metro area, it’s probably not going to be a huge surprise to you that fentanyl related overdoses are on the rise in Portland and Oregon in general. With everything our city has been through in the last handful of years, perhaps one of the most tragic pieces of the [...]
“Is it working?” That’s the million dollar question about Oregon’s grand decriminalization experiment. Certainly the rest of our country, and likely the world, is watching with interest to see how the ramifications of Measure 110 will pan out for our state. In this post, we’ll dive into what we know about Measure 110, how [...]
The short answer? YES. Oregon Health Plan (also known as OHP) has pretty great coverage for people who want addiction treatment. The long answer? Still YES. However, there are some important things to keep in mind when you’re shopping for addiction treatment services that take OHP in Portland and beyond. This post will cover some [...]
What is Narcan? What isNaloxone? Narcan, also known as naloxone, is a medication used to reverse opioid overdose. It works by binding to the same receptors in the brain that opioids interact with, effectively “blocking” an opioid’s ability to continue to produce a “high” in the brain and body. Narcan is available in several forms. [...]
At Shanti Recovery and Wellness, we see many patients who describe ongoing, often debilitating pain on a weekly, daily or constant basis. If you aren’t one of the 25% or so of Americans living with some form of chronic pain, this may come as a surprise. It is very easy to take a life [...]
Summer is here! While the warm weather and fun activities of summer may make you excited to get out there and soak up the sun, many people in recovery - especially those in early recovery - find that summertime months can be very triggering. With so many parties, get-togethers, picnics, beach days, BBQs, camp [...]
By now, I think we can all agree that virtual doctor’s appointments are very convenient. At Shanti Wellness and Recovery, our patients love the convenience of being able to access cutting edge, evidence based addiction treatment via telemedicine. It wasn’t always this easy to seek care for Substance Use Disorder (SUD) in general or [...]
As we discussed last month, neurodivergent people - including Autistic people and people with ADHD - are more likely than “neurotypical” people to suffer from Substance Use Disorder. The neurodiversity movement continues to gain momentum and visibility. As it does, many advocates with lived experiences have begun speaking out about the failures of [...]
“Addiction” is a word that is used pretty casually in common speech. We all say we’re “addicted” to something, whether that’s Starbucks, a television show or a certain candy. What we really mean is we enjoy those things a lot and we go out of our way to enjoy them on a regular basis. [...]