- Feb 4, 2010
I am hoping that maybe things are changing in addiction treatment. We paid for a private rehab thinking it was the best way to go. We were so naive…and so was my son.@Sabrered0901 I really admire you for what you are doing. I lost my youngest son to a fentanyl overdose almost 5 years ago. He had been sober for over a month following rehab and apparently relapsed. He had no back up plan getting out. I am convinced that he would still be here if he had been on suboxone or methadone. He was taught in rehab that medications are bad; he thought he could do without. I didn’t believe it then or now. Relapse is common as is post rehab death. Anyway, I support your approach and wish you all success. I know it’s a struggle but we have lost so many people to fentanyl and it’s only getting worse. There should be an easy way for addicts to get help…without all the stigma.
@smo1959 I'm so sorry to read this about your son. And I think the addiction community is going to find that MAT is going to have way more success than plain old "sobriety," because I happen to think most addicts are using the med to "fix" something lacking, and that particular drug seems to hold the key. I am struck by the way everyone's brains work so differently with different drugs. I ingested a xanax yesterday for some anxiety but afterwards, remembered why I don't really like them - they just make me feel so zombie-like. Yet some folks get euphoria from it. I have the opposite reaction to an opiate and yet I know folks who feel awful on those.
This is a long-winded way of saying I think MAT is the future of addiction help and the idiots who make anyone feel crummy for choosing this route are just a bunch of ignorant judgmental types. Whenever I hear - well they're just substituting one addiction for another - I want to scream... And if they continue to treat folks who do choose MAT like scum junkies, they're not going to have much success with it either.
I personally like a lot of what 12 step programs have to offer so it surprises and saddens me to hear they think using MAT for sobriety is bad. This voodoo witchcraft thinking just keeps folks using and relapsing. Frustratin