The Suboxone Solution: Can medication-assisted treatment effectively curb the heroin epidemic and save lives?
In this article written by Joe Sonka, the evolution of treatment for opioid dependence is analyzed. Where most addiction treatment providers stick to an “abstinence-only 12-step model,” others are transitioning to maintenance therapy of Buprenorphine/Naloxone. 12-step programs have been shown to be quite successful for treatment of alcoholism; however, opioid dependence hasn’t shown nearly the same amount of success. This article goes through the benefits and effectiveness of the treatment with the use of Buprenorphine/Naloxone medications. In addition it discusses the issues all over America with providers who are against the use of any medications as well as the doctors who encourage a medication-assisted treatment. You will be able to here testimonies from people suffering from opioid dependence and their own opinions on their treatment. Suboxone treatment has been more common on the east coast than in the Mid-West. There are more doctors registering to participate in Suboxone treatment every day, many of which are practicing in Norton and Boston, Massachusetts.