The Gold Standard Of Care
When it comes to treating opioid addiction, methadone maintenance is still the gold standard. In fact, it has a 75% success rate. This is higher than buprenorphine and naltrexone. Additionally, it is light-years ahead of abstinence treatment. Unfortunately, methadone myths are everywhere, preventing people from getting life-saving therapy. Here, I will discuss some common misconceptions.
Myth #1: Methadone Maintenance is for life.
While it is recommended now that medication assisted treatment continue long-term, methadone does not have to be for life. It is possible for many patients to step down and transition to a milder medication. Hence, you could taper down and methadone and switch to Suboxone and then to naltrexone. You have many options in your course of treatment.
Myth #2: Your bones and teeth will rot.
Strangely, this rumor is very common. If you are concerned about your dental health, you will be pleased to learn that you have nothing to worry about. If you take care of your teeth, they will be fine. Methadone does not get into your teeth and bones and it does not damage them.
Myth #3: Methadone Maintenance is trading one addiction for another.
This methadone myth is particularly serious. If you are on methadone, you may find yourself under assault from family, friends, doctors and people in recovery. They may tell you that you are not clean and you are not in recovery. This is completely untrue. If you are on methadone maintenance, you are dependent on methadone, but not addicted to it. It treats addiction and it is not at all trading one addiction for another. Do not let people who are not your doctor tell you to stop your medication. And, you are in recovery. We call it The New Recovery. The same is true of Suboxone treatment. If you take medication for addiction and you are not abusing drugs, you are clean.
In conclusion: Do not listen to the methadone rumors.
Beware methadone myths and other medication assisted treatment myths. Please ask your doctor if you have concerns. And, consider reading about positive success stories in methadone blogs and other MAT blogs.