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  • The treatment plan may include the use of FDA approved medications such as methadone or buprenorphine (in the form of film or tablet).  
  • Evidence-based cognitive behavioral and motivational counseling services are also provided based on the level of need up to and including an intensive outpatient program.

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College Student

Hi , my name is Courtney and I am a junior in college and addicted to heroin. I have been using heroin for several years and college is getting harder. I am not sure the coursework is harder. I think it is my addiction that causes me to lose focus. It was time for me to get help and I went to AMS of Wisconsin for medicated assisted treatment and have gotten my life back. I go to school and work and even have a little time for fun. For me it is 6 months clean of opiates and I feel so much better.

 
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Couple

I'm Cindy, and I am Jason, and our story begins with addiction to opiates and heroin. As a couple with two small children we found ourselves in deep trouble and addiction. All of our money was going to purchase illegal substances and we felt very guilty but yet helpless. We did love our children but Child Protective Services was contacted and we were very worried about losing custody of our children. Four months after choosing medicated assisted treatment at AMS of Wisconsin our lives have improved greatly and we are on the road to a healthy life for both of us and our children. We want others out there suffering from addiction to know that there is hope and your life can get better.

 
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Trades

My name is Jeremy and I am a carpenter and a heroin addict. I love the outdoors, working, fishing and hunting in it. My addiction was causing me to lose everything that I really cared about. I nearly lost my job and I wasn’t hunting and fishing any more and my family life was suffering greatly. My best friend told me about AMS of Wisconsin and that medicated assisted treatment could work for me. I started my treatment and felt like there was hope for me again. I have since told a few of my friends about treatment because the same things were happening to them. I know several people who have started out with an injury and taking a drug prescribed for them and ended up with a heroin addiction never thinking this could possibly happen to them.

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Stop Stigmatizing How We Recover From Drug Addiction

Author: Richard Ruby/Monday, October 23, 2017/Categories: News

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The stigmatization of any form of treatment, for any medical problem, is something that people interested in social justice must fight.

By Princess Harmony

Epidemics aren’t just issues to be dealt with by the medical community, they’re also social justice issues. This is true of any epidemic, but this is especially true of the opioid epidemic. While the victims of the epidemic who’ve gotten the most attention are typically middle-class and white, it strikes at all demographics. There’s an overdose death every 16 minutes and entire neighborhoods are affected. While there’s no magic bullet that can fix the epidemic, and the human cost of it can never be restored, there are treatments for it.

The starting point for most people trying to get treatment for addiction is detox then rehab, followed by outpatient therapy and the use of either a 12 Step fellowship or a self-help group like SMART Recovery. Some patients however, myself included, use outpatient treatment called medication assisted therapy. What is medication assisted therapy? It is the use of methadone and buprenorphine (found in Suboxone, Subutex, Buprenorphine, or Zubsolv). Alongside these medications, patients in a MAT program also attend group and individual therapy. Whether one goes the route of complete abstinence or medicated assisted treatment, there’s help for an opioid addict looking to be free of the nightmare of drug addiction and get back on their feet. The problem, however, is that medication assisted therapy is itself stigmatized. That’s right, some of the best and most successful tools we have in facing the opioid epidemic is stigmatized.

It’s important to understand the sources of the stigma, so that one can get the facts about methadone and buprenorphine. One source of the stigma against these treatments comes from your stereotypical, middle class NIMBY who thinks that a handful of people who hang around clinics post-dose are symbolic of the treatments themselves. In Philadelphia, a city that’s one of the hardest hit by the epidemic, several methadone and buprenorphine clinics have had to fight against these “concerned citizens” who either don’t understand the benefits of the treatments or care more about property values and the type of people who inhabit their neighborhood. Fortunately, the law can protect clinics and their clients from discrimination by neighbors.

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Another source of stigma toward medication assisted treatments such as methadone and buprenorphine happens to come from a select group of recovering addicts themselves. Twelve-step fellowships, particularly Narcotics Anonymous, defines recovery in their fellowship as being complete abstinence from all drugs. This includes drug replacement therapies, as noted in Narcotics Anonymous’ Bulletin 29 which states, “Our program approaches recovery from addiction through abstinence, cautioning against the substitution of one drug for another. That’s our program; it’s what we offer the addict who still suffers.”

While I disagree with an abstinence-only approach to recovery, the fellowship has the right to define recovery however it likes and its members are free to live by it. That being said, the tendency some members of Narcotics Anonymous have is to approach addiction and recovery as a one-method fits all affair where their method – and no others — are the right one for the addict who suffers. They contribute to the stigma against medication assisted treatment by attacking those of us on it as not really being clean, or worse, suggesting that we’re weaker people for needing to even use it.

To suggest that a person is weak for using a medication or for not being able to recover from addiction the way that someone else did is cruel and does nothing positive for anyone, least of all “the addict who still suffers.”

The most powerful source of stigmatization is probably the voice of those in power. The Trump administration, which claimed to want to fight the opioid epidemic, started on a very bad foot by using its voice to add to the stigma and misunderstanding of methadone and buprenorphine. Our current Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price, claimed that MAT was merely “trading one opioid for another,” misunderstanding what methadone and buprenorphine do and don’t do. He treated the medication as just another way for us to get high. Drug maker Alkermes, to be expected of a corporation, has been using this misunderstanding to push its product, a medication called Vivitrol (naltrexone). Companies seeking to push their products using the stigmatization of others and the people that use them are no better than the forces that stigmatize the treatments themselves. We must challenge Alkermes and reject their method of marketing.

Those interested in social and medical justice need to understand how medications such as methadone and buprenorphine work and how they benefit the people that take them. Methadone and buprenorphine, although different, work in a similar way. They bind to the receptors in the brain that drugs like heroin, Dilaudid, and Percocet do, except they do not cause euphoria. Additionally, they bind so strongly to the receptors that while it’s in a person’s system, they cannot use other opioids in an effort to get high.

Related: Drug Abuse Isn’t Killing People – The Stigma of Mental Health Is

When used as directed, methadone and buprenorphine successfully keep the patient from relapsing or craving their opioid drug of choice. Most importantly, medication assisted treatment – especially when taken alongside therapy – improves the quality of life of recovering drug addicts in a way that the media, politicians, and abstinence-only recovery and anti-drug campaigns do not report. Multiple studies concluded that the quality of life of addicts on buprenorphine and methadone is, in their words, good. These studies found that socially and psychologically, people in these treatment programs had improved while on the medicines. Studies also noted that the stigma had prevented the patients from telling others about their treatment. If the stigma was reduced, or eliminated completely, just imagine how much more improvement there would be.

The voices of people struggling with addiction, especially the marginalized, need to be heard in order for the epidemic to be fought effectively. The stigmatization of any form of treatment, for any medical problem, is something that people interested in social justice must fight. The opioid epidemic is a social justice issue and I call on people to start treating it like one.

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