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"Suboxone and Buprenorphine are essentially the same medications, although Suboxone is clearly superior because of its consistency and strength of buprenorphine compared to all generic buprenorphine preparations. In addition to superior strength, there are two differences between Suboxone and all other forms of buprenorphine: 1) Suboxone contains a second ingredient, naloxone, as a deterrent to prevent injecting Suboxone. Unless injected, the naloxone has little to no active role because it is poorly absorbed by the tongue; and 2) the film delivery system is more potent and easier to use than pills with the same amount of buprenorphine."

"We are hearing more and more everyday about the increasing heroin epidemic here at the Jersey Shore. The problem is no longer relegated to inner cities, or even local towns with a bad rap like Asbury Park."

"Addiction is defined as the repeated engaging in behaviors that are detrimental to an individual's well being, and substance abuse and addiction is an increasingly-prevalent problem at the Jersey Shore."

"Successful treatment of opiate addiction, even daily high dose opiate consumption with prescription medications (in excess of 1500 mg/day of oxycodone) and heroin (in excess of 25 bags/day of heroin) is possible for anyone who truly wants to live a sober lifestyle. The only reasonable goal for treatment should be PERMANENT cessation of opiate use for the balance of the individual's life."

"There is no mystery about how opiates affect humans because their impact on animal brains, especially human brains is well known. However there is an abundance of misinformation about their use in medicine, their addictive potential and effective treatment options. The purpose of this article is an attempt to set the record straight about the basics of how opiates affect humans and what is needed to recover from opiate dependence and addiction."

"Suboxone is a medicine made from two medications, buprenorphine and naloxone.The buprenorphine is the active ingredient.
The naloxone is a blocking agent that is present only to prevent IV injection of Suboxone.
When used under the tongue as directed, almost no naloxone is absorbed."

"There are countless health problems in the modern world, and Russell Ferstandig explains that addiction can one of the most difficult issues to treat. Addiction can manifest itself in various forms, whether drug use, alcohol use, shopping, eating or other types of activities. Essentially, addiction is a continued involvement with a substance despite the fact that it is associated with negative consequences for the addicted individuals."

"For decades, people have looked for a "magic pill" to cure them of undesirable behaviors that turned into habits and drug addictions, says Dr. Russell Ferstandig. A product approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2006 and 2010 may do just that."

"Psychiatric addiction specialist Russell Ferstandig understands the challenges that addiction presents. It is a growing problem in the United States and affects people from all walks of life. It does not discriminate by age, race, gender, socioeconomic status, or any other factor. In order to obtain sobriety and stay on the path to recovery, many people require professional help. They need the help of someone who understands the intricacies of addiction, someone who can customize treatment to their unique situation and needs. There is not one blanket solution that "cures" all addictions. It is an ongoing process. Several steps are necessary in overcoming addiction."

"Psychiatrist Russell Ferstandig is well aware of the impact that substance abuse can have on a person's life. With a strong focus on addiction treatment, he helps patients to overcome these challenges and get the quality care they need to work toward recovery. Unfortunately there are still millions of Americans who are not getting the help they need. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, only approximately 2.6 million Americans are receiving addiction treatment compared to the 24 million who are in need."

"Psychiatrist Russell Ferstandig recognizes that overcoming addiction is a complex process.. Just as it took time for the person to become addicted, it also takes time for them to recover. Since the word "addiction" is used in many different ways by different people it is important that the reader understand what Dr. Ferstandig means when he uses the word "addiction". According to Dr. Russ, as his patients call him, the simplest definition of addiction is the official definition offered by the American Society Of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)."

"Russell Ferstandig, a psychiatrist with a focus on addiction treatment, understands the challenges of the health care system. With millions of uninsured and underinsured Americans, getting the medical care they need can prove difficult. On top of that, not all insurance plans are equal. Depending on the provider and the amount that a person can afford, coverage differs."