There is a multitude of misleading information on the internet and beyond regarding medicine assisted treatment (MAT) for heroin and opiate addiction. Regrettably, many people who both lead and attend 12 step program treatment developed and provided by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and its sister program Narcotics Anonymous (AA) are against Methadone, Suboxone, Naltrexone (Vivitrol and ReVia), etc. But why is this the case? Why do many 12 steppers (those who attend the 12 step meetings) have such a problem with the MATters (those using medicine assisted treatment to conquer heroin addiction)?
Medicine Assisted Treatment: Stop the Stigma
Regrettably, the stigma and stereotypes related to addiction and various treatment modalities isn’t going away anytime soon. Methadone centers are still being picketed and many people (not just those who attend the 12 step program) consider the matters (MATters) “unclean”, “dirty” and “not sober”. This simply isn’t the case.
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