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Methadone Is Not Treatment
WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF TREATMENT?
Voltaire, the great French philosopher, was not one who suffered fools. He refused to waste his time discussing complex issues with people who did not even understand the definitions of the terms that they were debating. This led to his often quoted statement, If you wish to converse with me, define your terms.
The Dictionary of Complementary and Alternative Medicine defines treatment as:
1. a remedy for a health complaint.
2. the administration of a therapeutic remedy.
The Encarta Dictionary defines treatment as:
1. provision of medical care: the application of medical care to cure disease, heal injuries, or ease symptoms
2. medical remedy: a remedy, procedure, or technique for curing or alleviating a disease, injury, or condition
CURE OR EASE SYMPTOMS
We see from these definitions that there are two types of treatments:
- Ease symptoms, or,
- Cure the problem
Sometimes we just want to treat the problem by easing the symptoms. If we have a fall and bruise ourselves maybe we just want to take an aspirin to help ease the symptoms of discomfort until the natural healing properties of the body can take over.
However, if our fall resulted in a broken leg, then we want to ensure that the definition of “treat” is to cure. We want someone to help us cure the problem by resetting the bone and putting it in a cast so it will heal and we will be “good as new.”
Why should we not use this same logic when dealing with drug addiction?
Don’t we want to “cure” the problem—not just ease the symptoms?
THE METHADONE TREATMENT PROMISE
Advocates of methadone promise to:
- Prevent withdrawal symptoms
- Prevent the need for criminal activity to obtain heroin or prescription drugs which contain pharmaceutical grade heroin like:
- Make addiction affordable by keeping the cost of the methadone down to under $400 per month
- Allow a person to only have to receive a dose once every 24 hours, instead of every four to six hours, to prevent the onset of withdrawal symptoms
- Prevent diseases that occur when needles are used to inject drugs
- Help a person reduce their methadone dose until they are off drugs
THE METHADONE TREATMENT REALITY
Methadone treatment actually:
- Traps the person (see the Methadone Prison)
- Creates side effects like:
- Shallow breathing or trouble breathing
- Confusion and even hallucinations
- Fast heartbeat
- Chest pain
- Dental problems
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Loss of appetite
- Decreased sex drive (sometimes even impotence)
- Encourages the use of other illegal drugs because methadone doesn’t provide a “high” but simply prevents the withdrawal symptoms
- Encourages the increase of the amount of the dose if the addict has any problems in life
- Can easily lead to an overdose if the addict takes other narcotics at the same time (see Methadone-A Killer)
- Is the most difficult narcotic from which to detox and almost no one taking more than 100 milligrams a day (many are taking much more) can stop and is considered a lifer unless they come to Novus (see High Dose Methadone Detox)
- Only make money for people dispensing methadone if a person continues taking methadone
METHADONE—TREATMENT OR CRUELTY
People who become addicted to drugs are still:
- Our children
- Our parents
- Our friends
- Our fellow workers
- God’s children
People who become addicted to drugs don’t deserve:
- To be told that they will never become drug-free and will always have to go to methadone clinics
- That society doesn’t think they are worth the detox and rehab treatment that will enable them to become drug-free
- That they are failures and don’t deserve to be drug-free
People who become addicted to drugs deserve:
- Our understanding of their dilemma
- Our willingness to help them actually cure their addiction
- Our reassurance that we care enough about them and their basic worth that we want them to become drug-free
- While most of us are too decent to allow a pet with a broken leg to live in pain rather than have the veterinarian set the bone, many of us condemn drug addicts to this fate.
- The truth is that the humane treatment for drug addiction is not methadone but a good detox and rehab.
- The truth is that real treatment results in the person being drug-free.
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