Are You Switching One Addiction for Another?

Some people think that if you are using Methadone or Buprenorphine you are cheating. You are just switching one addiction for another. Listen in to a group of people who utilize Methadone. Are they addicted to their medication?

Discussion Guide:

Some people have a negative perception of opioid medications. What have you heard and why do you think there is a stigma?

Why would some people believe that you are switching from one addiction to another?

Have you abused Methadone or Buprenorphine? What are the effects?

Methadone and Buprenorphine are recovery tools. Have you over-relied on this tool and ignored the work of recovery? What is the work of recovery?

One definition of addiction is the inability to stop once you start, and continued use in spite of negative consequences. Do you find that you want more and more Methadone or Buprenorphine? Are there negative consequences to your medication?

Does your medication cause a cycle of euphoria, crash and craving for more? Or, does it make you feel stable?

Supplemental Reading:

Is the Use of Medications Like Methadone and Buprenorphine Simply Replacing One Addiction With Another?

http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/frequently-asked-questions/use-medications-methadone-buprenorphine

Why Are We Replacing One Drug for Another to Treat Addiction?

http://clinicalservicesri.com/why-are-we-replacing-one-drug-for-another-to-treat-addiction/