Abstinence Based treatment – The Dangers of Detox Medications

by baladmin | May 20, 2013

An addict is an addict because being off of a certain substance, or a combination of substances, has proven impossible, so why then would it be any better to put an addict on a medication that is potentially causing the same about of possible health issues as the person’s drug, or drugs, of choice?
Detoxification is difficult. When the human brain and body have become dependent upon a substance, meaning that certain aspects of functioning are influenced by a substance after an extended period of repeated use, the system is confused, uncomfortable, and may go into shock.
Medically-monitored detox for all substances is important, and early on, the assistance of medications can help alleviate a large amount of the pain and discomfort, but there are dangers to many detox medications.
Methadone, Suboxone, and other medications used during detoxification are opioids, or synthetic versions of morphine, and are really no safer for the human body than heroin, cocaine, OxyContin, Vicodin, alcohol, or any other substance. After detox is over, the presence of a drug in the system seems to keep the addict actively using, right?
Abstinence-based treatment programs find other ways to treat an addict’s substance abusing behaviors without the use of other drugs. The mentality of these types of facilities is “don’t treat a pill with a pill,” and it seems to make a lot of sense. If a heroin addict has successfully detoxes, and is now entering a residential inpatient treatment program, and he or she is still taking an opiate (like methadone) daily, then is this addict really clean and sober?
Is it fair for one client in a treatment program to be assisted with an opiate, even at a low dose, while ther other clients are working through a really difficult process unassisted?
Would you give an alcoholic a little bit of alcohol everyday while he or she was in treatment? Is just one Vicodin okay for someone who was taking 20 every day?
If you are going to get clean and sober, and start a new life of recovery, which will evitably require abstinence from all substances, an abstinece-based treatment program is the way to go.
Check out all of the options for programs that will assist you, no matter what your unique set of needs may be.
Healing from your disease can start now! Don’t treat a pill with a pill, choose to get clean and sober for a better life.