I disagree. It is more like switching one addiction of an opioid for another. If this man is addicted to Fentanyl and is switching to Dilaudid, he is still addicted to an opioid. Maybe a less powerful opioid, but an opioid nonetheless.I read the article. Excellent policy, mature and humane.
I disagree. You wrote: "The program works very well for addicts that really want to quit using, but they really must be committed to quitting."
What about the rest of them? I subscribe to having a drug maintenance policy, used successfully in various countries, including one I lived in, Switzerland.
I think they get up to four doses per day, but they are still being dispensed opiates. How does that cure anything? Simple, it doesn't. It very simply replaces one opiate addiction for another. OK, now they aren't hooked on Heroin or Fentanyl, but they are hooked on Dilaudid. ALL are opiates. What this does it make it easier to get the opiates. The addict is never cured.Wouldn't it be better to help the addict rather than enabling him/her? Lots of unanswered questions here. How many times can they use the machine? Is there a limit? Can people get as much as they want and sell the rest? How is this monitored? I just don't think this is a good solution to addiction. Articles like this always pick a person who is an otherwise model citizen as the poster child. The possibility for abuse is enormous, if you ask me.
@oldman THANK YOU!! You get it.Ronni——-Obviously, you have been exposed to an addict and experienced the issues connected with being such. Just like an alcoholic is always an alcoholic and a scab is always a scab, so is an addict always going to be an addict.
I used to get a chuckle when I watched the TV commercial with the young fellow selling his rehab “Passages Malibu” and he would say, “I once was an addict and now I’m not.” What a joke. People that smoke or used to smoke also probably became addicted because Nicotine is a narcotic and is one the most addictive narc
In reality, what rehabs do is to get the addict clean, educate them and then put them back on the street with maybe giving them a drug to control the cravings, like Suboxone.
I remember back in 2011 when I went through three back surgeries in 33 days. I was sent home with an Rx of Percocet. By taking that narcotic, I can truly understand how someone would become addicted to it. The drug gives the user a whole new outlook on life, not to mention the euphoric feeling that I got.
That’s when I decided to become accredited as a counselor at one of the rehab centers in my area. I wanted to help the addicts by listening to their issues and giving them guidance to find a rehab center. I also helped them to get outside help by suggesting with maybe becoming involved in an IOP program. Those programs are also just a band aid. I did recommend attending NA meetings.
There is no doubt that once a person has become addicted to a narcotic, it’s pure hell getting off and staying off. And that’s why we say, “Take it one day at a time.”