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Addiction Help Programs Abusing Suboxone

Suboxone is all over the news these days. It’s possible that many people looking for help with drug addiction – specifically opiates like OxyContin and heroin – will be advised to take suboxone for several months. Dr. George Woody of the University of Pennsylvania did a study that found that if kids (the study was on 15 to 21 year olds) are taking suboxone, their opiate use is “much less.” Dr. Nora Valkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, says we should be encouraged by this.

Yeah, right, it’s good to know that your kid isn’t doing ‘as much’ heroin or OxyContin as they were before. So, what does that mean? That if they’re only doing 50% as much heroin as before they’re 50% less likely to overdose? Yeah, that’s really encouraging.  You only have to worry about your kids half as much.

Get real. What kind of addiction help is that? The fact that they’re taking any drug at all is a sign of failure. If they’re taking drugs, the program is a failure. It’s really that black and white.

There is a use for suboxone in drug detox. But a good medical drug detox facility doesn’t give it to you for months! You need it for days, maybe a week, maybe a touch longer. It’s only needed to help the person get through what can be a very painful withdrawal. Then they should be getting drug rehab in a residential facility.

The suboxone program they’re talking about in this news article offers counseling once a week. The chances of someone getting off drugs with a program like that are slim. And you can virtually guarantee failure if they’re a heavy drug user.

Don’t settle for that. If you want your kids to get off drugs, get addiction help services that actually work.

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