Treating Opioid Addiction With Science
Congress approved buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder in 2000. Shortly afterwards, the FDA approved Suboxone. Unfortunately, it has been an uphill battle to convince the public, and even doctors, that MAT is the best way to treat opioid addiction. While psychotherapy is very important, medication improves results dramatically. medication assisted treatment using buprenorphine is one of the safest and most effective ways to treat this condition.
Medication Assisted Treatment Using Buprenorphine Works
In fact, it works incredibly well. Doctors who treat opioid addiction typically love their jobs. We get to see our patients get better quickly. They come in in a hopeless state. Then, they come back full of hope and relief. Nothing is as rewarding as seeing a patient come back with the light restored in their eyes. Hence, our patients are able to take care of their families and go to work again. Soon after starting treatment, life returns to normal. There is even a monthly injectable form
of treatment so patients don’t have to take medicine every day.
Why don’t all patients addicted to opioids get MAT?
Unfortunately, there is still a stigma when it comes to medication assisted treatment using buprenorphine. So called “experts” recommend against it. Or, they insist on only short term use of MAT. In spite of the fact that doctors know that chronic disease requires long term treatment, this controversy continues.
Please help spread the word.
After you have done your research, please help us to get the word out. Medication assisted treatment using buprenorphine works extremely well. Doctors, therapists, treatment programs and families must be educated. I have recommended, and I even started an official petition
for this, that all doctors be given a free copy of Overcoming Opioid Addiction by Adam Bisaga, M.D.
This effort would require funding, but it would be worth it for the lives that would be saved by this information reaching the people who need to read it.
Thank you for your help.
Please, read this book and pass it along. It also makes a great gift. In fact, you can find a link to it on Amazon on the home page of this website. Thank you for your help! Please contact me if you have any other ideas of what we can do to provide better care to more people who struggle with this condition.