Willingness to be openminded about how to help people trying to quit opioids

Willingness to accept addiction and overcome it.

Willingness to take action is essential in taking the first step to recovery. You may have a conversation early on with your sponsor about willingness. Are you ready to put it all behind you and begin a new way of life?

Willingness to stay on the path to recovery.

There are many paths to recovery. Yet, you may hear in various programs that there is only one way. And, this is fine if you are one of the people who can succeed by following only that one way.

We are not all the same, there is more than one solution to the problem.

If we were all exactly the same, we could all follow the same recipe for success. But, this is not the case. So, we must each find our own path.

Is medication for the treatment of addiction bad?

There are people who will tell you this. They may have had a bad personal experience. Maybe they know someone who had a difficult time with medication. In the world of science, we call these “anecdotes”, or stories.

We have a willingness to consider science.

Medication Assisted Treatment of opioid dependence is based in science. It has many years of study behind it. This means scientific, statistically significant results. Science is not built on personal stories. Therefore, we must separate science from stories.

Should everyone who is addicted to opioids take medication?

Medication does not work for everyone. It does help most people recover from opioid addiction without getting sick and without having cravings. But, it does not help everyone. Hence, most real and effective treatments do not work 100% of the time for everyone.

We must be willing to hear the facts.

The fact is that medication assisted treatment does work for many people. You may take buprenorphine, suboxone, subutex or zubsolv for opioid addiction. And, you will also benefit from therapy. So, you will also likely benefit from group meetings such as 12-step meetings.

Please have willingness to accept our patients in recovery

I ask that if you are a member of a 12-step recovery group, please have a willingness to accept all people who need help. Please do not treat people as second class citizens because of medical treatment. Please be willing to allow them to participate with the group.

We should all be willing to work together

Addiction is a serious chronic illness. People’s lives are at risk. While we debate fine distinctions and meanings of program principles, people are overdosing on the streets. Therefore, A combination of cutting-edge science and time-tested, 12-step, spiritual recovery may help to save more lives. Let us work together.

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