Interview by Amber Hollingsworth
From Fentanyl To Sobriety: medication assisted treatment vs. 12 step programs
Medication-assisted treatment is very controversial in the recovery world.
Basically, it means using a medication to substitute for a drug you are addicted to. Some people feel this isn't real sobriety, and other people feel it is the only thing making recovery possible for thousands of opiate addicts.
Suboxone and Methadone are the two main medications used as opoid replacement therapy for people addicted to pain pills. (Suboxone is half opiate and half opiate blocker. Methadone is just opiate)
In this video, Casey talks about his experience being addicted to Fentanyl (a very powerful opiate).
Casey started using pain pills at 15 years old and his addiction continued to grow until well into his twenties. He knew he was addicted, but couldn't get out of the withdrawal cycle.
In his recovery journey, he tried Subutex and Suboxone (both opiate replacement drugs). He also tried counseling, intensive outpatient services, living in a recovery residence, community support groups like FAVOR (Faces And Voices Of Recovery) and 12 step programs like Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous.
Find out what worked and how Casey was able to overcome his opiate addiction to pain medications.