Methadone addiction still seen as a solution to heroin addiction

Methadone addiction still seen as a solution to heroin addiction

When was the last time you asked a heroin addict if they’d like to get straight right now? Not cold turkey, but in a nice clinic somewhere with a little care and attention? Or instead, would they like to have a dose of methadone every day – in many places it will be free – instead of staying on heroin? They can think about getting off the methadone, oh, some time in the future. Whatta ya say? Or here’s another choice. Would they rather just leave things as they are for a while? Whatever the choice, no one will hassle you! Well, folks, it might seem real nice and friendly to be so permissive with an addict. But anyone who has had any experience at all with opioid addicts, someone who actually cares about what happens to the addicts, doesn’t leave such important decisions up to the addicts.

The fact is, even when you have an addict in front of you who clearly is desperate to get clean, who may have tried countless times, you are almost always going to get an answer to the question from the addiction, not from the person. You aren’t asking the person to decide. You’re asking the addiction. And an addiction wants to stay right where it is. It doesn’t want to end its miserable existence in a heroin or methadone detox clinic. And that, folks, is where methadone replacement therapy comes from. They ask the addiction what it wants to do.

No person wants to stay addicted, but he or she is controlled by the addiction, and it promises to eat them alive if they try to quit. So the vast majority opt for staying on the heroin or going for the methadone. Almost none choose to hit the detox clinic right now and clean up for good. After decades of official denial, mental blindness and sheer contrariness, there’s obviously something wrong here. Government health agencies and addiction experts continue to sing the praises of methadone replacement as an effective treatment for heroin addiction. How could anyone consider switching from heroin addiction to methadone addiction a positive move? The experts say that methadone therapy has many benefits. Here they are, along with our “So does…” comments.

Methadone therapy:

  • Reduces illicit drug use
    • So does getting off heroin in the first place
  • Reduces needle-associated diseases
    • So does getting off heroin in the first place
  • Reduces crime rates
    • So does getting off heroin in the first place
  • Can get people back to work
    • So does getting off heroin in the first place
  • Helps people participate in normal social interactions
    • So does getting off heroin in the first place

Looking at it this way, it’s tough to justify a methadone addiction instead of treating the heroin addiction in the first place. The problem is, the experts are listening to the addictions, not to the people who have the addictions. They all want to get clean. But most are forced to remain silent, while the addiction speaks for them. We are now approaching something like 2,000 methadone clinics in the country and the numbers are rising. At least 300,000 patients are involved in government-sanctioned methadone addiction programs. We’ve got a broken system that keeps people addicted to drugs instead of a system designed to get people off drugs. Does that make sense to you? Where is it all going to end? Do you know someone with a heroin or methadone addiction?

Here at Novus Medical Detox Center, we are specialists in helping our patients through methadone withdrawal comfortably, even at higher dosage levels usually refused by other clinics.

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