Dr. Molly Rutherford on treating addiction with medications

Dr. Molly Rutherford on treating addiction with medications


[inaudible]. So in your, in your practice you’re doing, it’s addiction recovery, but it sounds like you’re covering or you’re addressing more than just what people might think is pain pills or even, uh, illicit drugs, uh, addiction to a substance abuse. So you’re, are you doing more than that? Well, we, I do, I prescribe, I mean, I basically prescribed medication to help people with opioid addiction. But along with that, I see people who struggle with other drugs. I also treat people who have alcoholism and that’s, that’s nothing new that was, we’ve always done that in primary care. So addiction is something that primary care physicians have always dealt with, whether it be nicotine or alcohol, food. I think sugar addiction and food addiction is absolutely to blame for, um, you know, our obesity epidemic. And so, yeah, it’s, it’s complicated. But the, the, the reason we use buprenorphine, for example, which is also called Suboxone, the brand name was Suboxone originally. Now there are several brand names for buprenorphine. We use that medication because it saves lives. So, so basically if you take, if you take a hundred people and you who are addicted to heroin for example, and you treat half of ’em with, um, with buprenorphine maintenance therapy and the other half, you just put them through a, you know, an NA or 12 step program or rehab, the, the people on the medication are about half as likely to die from their disease. Hey, thanks for listening to another healthy snack from the Winning Healthcare Food Fights Snackbar. If you’re finding them tasty, please click like and consider subscribing to have more guilt free snacks as they’re served. Listen to the full show by following the link in the description.

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