PEOPLE ARE DYING BECAUSE OF BULL SHIT LIKE I AM ABOUT TO WRITE.
IF YOU THINK LIKE THIS I BEG YOU TO BE OPEN MINDED AND THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE SAYING AND DOING TO PEOPLE……
WE ARE KILLING PEOPLE AND PEOPLE ARE KILLING THEIR SELVES BECAUSE WE HAVE STIGMATIZED THE GOLD STANDARD TREATMENT FOR OPIATE DEPENDENCY ……I AM SO PLEASED OBAMA CAME OUT IN FAVOR OF M.A.T. (METHADONE, SUBOXONE)
BELOW ARE THE STATEMENTS THAT ARE KILLING FOLKS:
If you wanna get off dope you need to do it the right way! You have a disease with no known cure, but there is however a way to arrest this disease and find a new way of life. Here is the way follow us:…..ABSTINENCE 100% ( EXCEPT COFFEE AND NICOTINE OF COURSE…THEY DON’T COUNT). No one that has ever completely given their selves to the program have ever failed….except those who are too sick…incapable of being honest with their selves (the grave unfortunates)
I KEEP FALLIN’ DOWN THE 12 STEPS!
DON’T DARE “SUBSTITUTE ONE DRUG FOR ANOTHER” (SWITCH ADDICTIONS) THATS’ NOT REAL RECOVERY.....IT DOES NOT COUNT…YOU ARE IN FACT STILL ADDICTED...THAT IS NOT RECOVERY, YOU CAN COME TO THE MEETINGS BUT PLEASE DON’T SHARE…..YOUR CAN’T SHARE AND YOU CANT COUNT YOUR RECOVERY TIME BECAUSE YOU ARE STILL USING. THE ONLY WAY IS 100% ABSTIENCE..…SURRENDER TO THE PROGRAM ITS THE ONLY WAY OR DIE TRYING…..SOME OF US HAVE TO DIE SO THE OTHERS CAN LIVE ……..BULLLLLLLLLLSHHHHHHITTTTTT
Now I want you to consider this:
If you had a friend who was quitting smoking would you care how they did it…..would you not be happy for them if they stopped killing their selves burning up tobacco and blowing smoke in the faces of their friends and family. Would you tell them they had not really quit smoking if they chewed Nicorette gum, and tell them they should not be proud of their selves because they are cheating…..?
Smokers often chew Nicorette, wear a patch, smoke an E-Cig and / or take chantix a receptor drug that is quite helpful in quitting. We totally accept these type of tools for encouraging new habits and changing old ones. Behavior change is a bitch. It is not easy. If it was people would exercise all the time , eat right , never procrastinate…you get the picture.
Drug courts force people into AA and NA and then force them to be on no mood or mind altering drugs including but not limited to : methadone and suboxone. They don’t allow those drugs because they are Medically assisted treatments…..You are still physically dependent to a drug, but over the course of time as your brain adapts to living differently and after you have received counseling you are taken down slowly until you no longer need the drug. This does not seem to be such a terrible thing to me. The person is in no way getting high! They are simply able to function but the drug courts see this as cheating….to easy!
We are killing people telling them that the treatments we know to be effective are “bad” and simply substituting one drug for another…..People on MAT are not getting high…they are not behaving like people that are stuck in addictive cycles, neglecting their responsibilities, harming their selves and others, and doing things they are ashamed of to “get more”, They are not fixated and obsessvley using a substance, in fact, they are going to work, taking care of business and their families. They are involved in Substance use counseling, most of time they see a counselor every day for the first 30 days….it is not willy nilly you just get a bunch of drugs and go home. You go to the clinic every day. You are drug tested, and accountable to a counselor, doctors, and nurses. Its pretty exhaustive and intense ….if you have never seen the protocol I urge you to check it out. If you are struggling with opiates and your life is mess….you are constantly trying to stay well, but find yourself sick most of the time I urge you to try out methadone or suboxone, if your life is not significantly improved in 2 weeks STOP! What have you got to loose…..
That recipe seems healthier than going to a bunch of meetings all day long trying desperately to quit using, relapsing over and over again, feeling shame and guilt because you must be doing something wrong, feeling like you are defective and their is no point in even trying….The 12 steps are only effective about 5% of the time. So don’t feel bad if it is not working for you …..that is not an indicator of some terrible disorder……
A few facts….
“Methadone is one of the longest-established, most thoroughly evaluated forms of drug treatment. The science is overwhelming in its findings about methadone treatment’s effectiveness. For example, a Drug Abuse Treatment Outcomes Study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that methadone treatment reduced participants’ heroin use by 70%, reduced criminal activity by 57%, and increased full-time employment by 24%.2 It also reduces deaths—the median death rate of opiate-dependent individuals in treatment is 30 percent of the rate of those not in treatment.3” (www.pinnacletreatment.com).
So all I am saying is this…..lets not stigmatize a treatment that we know works. Suboxone is newer but I think it’s a damn miracle!!! We have tools for dealing with addiciton, substance use disorders, etc. Why do we make them look like shit when they are in fact good, scientifically based programs…..
3 cheers for Obama…..you are getting it! Slowly but surely!!