The Importance of Counseling in Medication Assisted Treatment

Some people believe that the use of medication, such as Methadone and Suboxone, is sufficient treatment for opiate addiction and that they don't need counseling. Although these medications work miracles in some addicts lives, they are not magic bullets. Medication alone does not address the psychological or behavioral aspects of opiate dependence. Listen in to this opiate recovery support group as they discussion their opinions of counseling.

Discussion Guide:

Do you believe counseling is a necessary part of opioid addiction treatment?

Do you think you can be successful in long term drug abstinence without counseling?

What percentage of your recovery success would you attribute to counseling (individual or group) and what percentage to the medication?

What are the pros and cons of self-help vs. counseling?

Do you find either self-help or counseling more or less helpful for you?

What would you say is the most helpful aspect to counseling for you?

Supplemental Reading:

Alison Knopf, Counseling in OTPs: A Necessary Part of Treatment with Medication,