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How methadone research works by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted Wed 15 Oct 2008 8:04am Start with the premise that opiate addicts don't get well. (Unless they're doctors.) Perform a study offering only two variations of your preferred treatment. (Cheap and crime reducing.) One is high dose or long duration and the other low dose or short duration. Do not offer a recovery oriented option at all, or offer a recovery oriented optio ... Read on »
More on Methadone by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted Thu 16 Oct 2008 7:57pm My recent post on methadone prompted several comments, some making really great points. I decided to post all of them so that they would not be missed. The last 4 comments are great, you can guess what I think of the first 2. armme said... Your still working on the idea that addiction is some spiritual malady. Your way of thinking is i ... Read on »
Tapering off methadone– bupe or no bupe? by SuboxDoc Patient ExpertHealth MavenFacebook Posted Thu 17 Dec 2009 8:54pm 1 Comment A quickie question from a youtube viewer: hiya–  Wondering if you could tell me if this is a good idea.  I’m almost at the end of my taper from methadone from having addiction to oxycontin. been on methadone coming up on 2 years and I’m taking 8 mg a day.  and was thinking of asking my doctor to switch me over to Suboxone when i get down t ... Read on »
Buprenorphine safer than methadone for neonates born to opioid addicts by SuboxDoc Patient ExpertHealth MavenFacebook Posted Wed 30 Jun 2010 10:18pm 4 Comments Look mom-- no neonatal abstinence syndrome! The article below describes a presentation at a recent meeting of ACOG, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, that compared the use of buprenorphine or  methadone for treating opioid addiction during pregnancy.  I hear from pregnant women often, who write out of frustratio ... Read on »
Recovery-oriented Methadone Maintenance by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted Sun 17 Oct 2010 7:25am Bill White has a new monograph out on recovery oriented methadone maintenance (MM). There's something in it please everyone and something in it to anger everyone. He takes the position that MM is an essential part of the treatment continuum but is hard on MM in its current form. I'm very busy with a couple of projects but I plan to try and p ... Read on »
Recovery-oriented Methadone Maintenance, part 2 by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted Mon 18 Oct 2010 3:25am Here Bill describes the devolution that troubled early advocates of MM The regulation and mass diffusion of MM in the 1970s and 1980s was accompanied by changes in treatment philosophy and clinical protocols. The most significant of these changes in terms of recovery orientation included a shift in emphasis from personal recovery to reduction o ... Read on »
Recovery-oriented Methadone Maintenance, part 3 by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted Tue 19 Oct 2010 2:54am Bill White  on efforts to broaden the definition of recovery : Consistent with Newman’s and Dole’s views are definitions of recovery that focus on health and functionality without reference to cessation of medical use of methadone. The examples below illustrate such definitions: Recovery is the process of pursuing a fulfilling and contri ... Read on »
Recovery-oriented Methadone Maintenance, part 4 by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted Wed 20 Oct 2010 2:59am Bill summarizes criticism of MM as follows Critics of medication-assisted treatment, many of whom were competing for cultural and economic ownership of the problem of heroin addiction, alleged that MM: 1) substitutes one drug/addiction for another; 2) conveys a societal attitude of permissiveness toward drug use; 3) fails to address the char ... Read on »
Recovery-oriented Methadone Maintenance, part 5 by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted Thu 21 Oct 2010 2:41am Bill cites a methadone advocate making an important distinction --treating dependence vs. treating addiction. The stigma attached to methadone is also shaped by the expectations of methadone treatment as a system of care. Methadone advocate Walter Ginter comments on such expectations: Patients, former patients, staff, policy makers, and th ... Read on »
Methadone at The Fix by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted Sun 05 Jun 2011 5:27pm photo credit: ntoper The Fix has an article arguing that methadone maintenance gets a bad rap and hints that critics should check their motives. (It’s noteworthy that the writer has been pretty hard on drug-free treatment providers. Bill White has also voiced support for methadone but also strongly criticizing the poor quality and lack ... Read on »