Shouldn’t people be able to “just quit?” | Opioid Addiction Treatment Services
It is extremely difficult to overcome a drug addiction. Many have tried to “just quit,” but unfortunately, typically fail. Because of the physical effects of prolonged drug usage, the body has become chemically dependent on the very thing it should avoid. We have consistently found, and independent research proves, that by combining medication-assisted treatment with extensive behavioral counseling, our programs give people a tremendous opportunity for success.
Methadone maintenance therapy is much like using “The Patch” or nicotine gum to quit smoking. Cigarette smokers are addicted to nicotine. It is exceedingly difficult to quit smoking by going “cold turkey.” So, instead, many people use “The Patch” or nicotine gum to regulate and control their nicotine cravings while they learn to live without cigarettes. Eventually,they are weaned off of the nicotine replacement and are able to live completely cigarette- and nicotine-free. Methadone treatment is akin to “The Patch” for persons with opioid dependency. Methadone regulates and controls their cravings while they learn to live without drugs and abandon the harmful lifestyle that accompanies drug use. The only difference between a nicotine addiction and an opioid addiction is the substance abused and the nature of the addiction