Charlie Buttrey

August 2, 2020

Once the opiate molecule has you, it has you. I have mentioned in previous posts that it takes the average person with opiate abuse disorder eight years — eight — to achieve one year of sobriety.  That’s the AVERAGE.

One of the most successful ways for those with opiate abuse disorder to achieve sobriety is with Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT).   Small, daily, doses of suboxone or methadone, combined with counseling, have been shown to greatly enhance recovery. But those drugs are designed to be taken long-term, and someone who is forced to stop taking them abruptly — as when he or she is sent to jail, for instance — will go through an agonizing withdrawal. That is downright cruel.

That’s why I was so pleased to see that New Hampshire Governor Sununu recently signed legislation requiring that all inmates be provided with MAT.  Two-third of all inmates suffer from substance abuse, and about five percent of them are getting MAT.

This is a step in the right direction.

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