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Opiate Addiction: Understanding Replacement Therapy

Justin and Amanda, a young couple addicted to opiates for several years, have entered a treatment facility at Acadia Hospital in Bangor, Maine. This program follows their progress and presents expert commentary from Acadia administrator Scott Farnum, who sheds light on the different types of opioids and how they affect the brain. He also focuses on replacement therapy, an effective way to recover from opioid addiction. While making clear that replacement therapy medications such as methadone and buprenorphine are not magic bullets, the film does show that, six months later, Justin and Amanda have both remained sober. Some content may be objectionable. An HBO Production. (22 minutes)

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Opiate Addiction: Introduction
Addiction almost always starts between the ages of 18 and 25. Opioids stimulate the opiate receptors in the brain. Methadone and Suboxone block the effects of the drug.