Would you respond to this information with a concerted effort at self-examination and profound behavior change?
I’ve come to view it more as a tool for harm reduction than a path to long term recovery, with some notable exceptions.
It may be that kratom is a drug that some can use without much difficulty, while for others, it becomes pathological.
So even if drug use decreases, and clients continue on methadone, they don’t necessarily make the other much-desired (by society) changes — such as giving up crime.
The flaw in this very late-stage view of addiction… is the suggestion that somehow, addiction is the patient’s fault. Avoidable if the patient simply followed directions.
I’m sure some is used to suppress withdrawal, but if it’s possible to get high, then you have to figure people are doing that, too.
A substantial number of patients will wind up taking these meds on a more or less permanent basis, so lifetime costs should be considered.
We routinely received assurances from experts that abuse and addiction were not going to be a big problem once access to opioids had been greatly expanded.
Suboxone isn’t detectable on many drug screens, and that means it brings a higher price in the correctional facility.