Skip to comments.Medication Assisted Treatment: Best Practice for Opiate Addiction
Posted on 06/26/2013 9:51:35 AM PDT by DBCJR
Historically, opiate addicts have had a very poor track record for recovery. But evidence-based clinical best practices, known as Medication Assisted Treatment, have been identified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that have nine times better effectiveness outcomes than traditional treatment. SAMHSA found certain types of psychotherapy combined with medications like methadone or Suboxone enhance the probability of avoiding relapse substantially...
Medication Assisted Treatment is a very effective treatment for opiate addiction like painkillers or heroin...
On MAT, you substitute a once daily dose of a medication like methadone or Suboxone (buprenorphine) for the opiates you usually take to get high. Once one is on a daily dose of methadone or Suboxone they:
No longer feel opiate withdrawal symptoms No longer get an opiate high No longer are obsessed with finding a daily supply or fix that disrupts everything else No longer need to engage in criminal activity to support their addiction Can function and attend to responsibilities like parenting and job Can get back on track with their lives
Once one is appropriately dosed, they will be clear headed and freed from the daily cycling between intoxication and withdrawal, freed from worry about where the next dose/fix will come from, and from worry about how to get the money needed each day to maintain such an expensive habit. Once on methadone or Suboxone, they will be feeling ready to start rebuilding a life damaged interrupted by a period of opiate addiction.
Medication Assisted Treatment is no magic solution to addiction. SAMHSA evince shows that, nationally, it is 70-75% effective as compared to 6-10% effectiveness with traditional forms of treatment, but it does enable you to focus once again on whats important in your life, and lets you get back to work on achieving meaningful goals.
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Now you are addicted to Methadone.
Never choose methadone unless it is an end stage pain solution
Are you addicted to insulin when being treated for diabetes? Or to blood pressure medicine for hypertension?
Your conclusion goes against the preponderance of medical research.
If I go off insulin I die. Diabetes is not a choice.
I had friends who were functioning drug addicts for years. I also had friends who got off of heroin and onto methadone. I also had friends who kicked it.
All I said is if you go on methadone you are now addicted to something else. Can you function the rest of your life on it, sure.
Supporting the Medical-Industrial complex is not my goal. Opiate use is a choice once the withdrawal is completed. Try Romancing the Opiates by Dalrymple for a different perspective.