Eighty percent of people who use only these treatments without MAT return to drug use. But it’s hard to shake out of the public consciousness the idea that the abstinence-only, 12-step approach is the best way to treat addiaction.
May I know where are you getting your stats from? We have very different results very strong numbers without MAT 12 Step approach model.
Disappointed that, as far as support groups, this piece is entirely 12-step. Nothing about “secular” sobriety groups like Lifering Secular Recovery or SMART, both of which are more open to MAT than AA/NA.
This is NOT “one of the best articles on the subject of addiction.” It’s just another of the merry-go-round rackets that don’t work, never have worked, and simply – in the best of cases – get people hooked on another drug in place of the very non-toxic effects of heroin, morphine, opium, etc. These other things probably do liver damage and do nothing to actually get people from “taking things.”:
If this is such a good article, why is no mention made of the success Leary and others had using LSD back before it was idiotically outlawed. Why is there no mention of the current entheogenic approaches being made currently at Johns Hopkins, Stanford, and surely other places?
LSD, psycilobin and perhaps ibogane (which I’m hearing more and more about) render 80% success rates in the studies done in the 60’s. Why did it not continue to be used? One reason is these “addiction centers” are treadmills which provide an endless supply of money from insurance, state coffers, and whatever other interests are involved.
This article reflects very, very antiquated thinking.
Not so sure LSD was “successful”. I don’t imagine it would help people on heroin to go from being addicted to an opiate to psychotic, since the effects in each individual are unpredictable. Get real.
Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) will cause withdrawal in persons taking opiates. Starting Suboxone requires patients to be in mild opiate withdrawal when starting the drug.
Any street value for Suboxone is perplexing. As a drug of abuse, it would be limited to persons not currently tolerant to opioids, as it would only induce withdrawal in heroin addicts.
Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) will cause withdrawal in persons taking opiates. Starting Suboxone requires patients to be in mild opiated withdrawal when starting this drug.
Any street value for Suboxone is perplexing. As a drug of abuse, it would be limited to persons not currently tolerant to opposites, as it would only induce withdrawal in heroin addicts.
This is one of the best articles on the subject of addiction and its complexities that I’ve read. Thank you. I read it on a day when my oldest child lost another friend to heroin. I hate this disease. No one is immune.
I agree with you completely. Hell, the first young woma s life started of similar to my own. I certainly know the train wreck life I’m living is chaotic and I hate it as much as anyone else would. But if you have no support system what do people suggest those who don’t do?
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