Is Methadone Treatment Effective?

family-first-intervention-lpo-image-is-methadone-treatment-effective-09-15-16Methadone is a highly addictive narcotic analgesic that falls under the harm reduction model of treatment. Methadone treatment clinics are really nothing more than legalized heroin and opiate dealers with taxable drugs. Giving your loved ones methadone is the same as giving them any other opiate or narcotic that provides their fix. Most people who go to methadone clinics eventually start selling their methadone, using that money to buy more heroin, Oxycontin, or whatever opiate they crave. The only good thing methadone really does is prevent the loved one from getting sick from a lack of opiates.

Is Methadone Treatment Effective?

family-first-intervention-lpo-image-is-methadone-treatment-effective-quote-1-09-15-16Methadone clinics want you to believe that you cannot get high when you are on methadone; we not only assure you that you can get high, but you can also overdose much more easily due to taking other opiates on top of the methadone. When abusers are on methadone, they are still addicts who need their daily fix to keep them from getting sick. Methadone treatment clinics prey on the weakest families in crisis, convincing them and the addict that methadone is the way out. Unlike other opiates such as heroin and Oxycontin, methadone has a very long half-life. It will remain in the system far longer, which means needing the drug less frequently. While on heroin or Oxycontin, several fixes are required throughout the day. Methadone is only needed once a day and at times can even be skipped for a day. The long-lasting effects of methadone require a far longer and more severe detox than coming off of other opiates. Detox for heroin and Oxycontin is terrible enough, and it lasts only 5-7 days, whereas methadone detox is worse and can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks.

Harm Reduction Model of Opiate “Recovery”

People in support of the harm reduction model believe that addicts cannot quit taking opiates and should be administered narcotics the rest of their lives. The philosophy of the harm reduction model concerning methadone is this: if it can keep your loved ones out of drug areas and prevent them from stealing $20 from your wallet or purse, then methadone has done something to help. Methadone treatment may accomplish this goal temporarily.  Unfortunately, we have yet to see methadone improve the quality of anyone’s life over the long haul.

family-first-intervention-lpo-image-is-methadone-treatment-effective-quote-2-09-15-16If your intelligent, capable 23 year old son or daughter is not buying drugs every day, has stopped shoplifting temporarily, but is still living in your home and not doing anything or holding a meaningless job, can that be considered a successful program? Some families even go so far to tell us that things are better because, since their loved one has been on the methadone program, the stealing and buying drugs have stopped, even if he or she still smokes weed and drinks a little. The problem with addicts and alcoholics is not the drugs; it is the person. That is why Methadone Treatment does not work. The harm reduction model is nothing more than a long-term profitable approach to keeping loved ones addicted and coming back for more methadone. The only difference between your local methadone clinic doctor and your son’s or daughter’s heroin dealer is this: your methadone clinic has a much nicer office.

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Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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