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Posted by Jenny on December 03, 1999 at 00:25:58:

In Reply to: recovery of a herion addict posted by Jeanette Christy on November 30, 1999 at 15:43:58:

Jan, I hope your son is one of the 5% of opiate addicts that can remain abstinent. The cold, hard facts are that opiate addiction is a disease. Most opiate addicts lack the proper chemicals in theiir brains. Many addiction specialists compare opiate addiction to diabetes. It doesn't matter how devoted, dedicated, or how much they try, most of them can not tolerate abstinence. Please keep this in mind if your son does relapse. Don't set yourself up for heartbreak. He is not a weak or amorrally corrupt person if he does go back to using opaites. He does have a disease. The only successful treamtment for opiate addiction is methadone maintenance treatment. The only reason that it has not been accepted more readily in our society is because of the War on Drugs. 12-Step groups encourage the War on Drugs. It is finanacially beneficial to many groups to do so. Don't let anyone kid you, many of these 'Anonymous' members are becoming very wealthy through treatment programs. Someone can become certified to become an addiciton counselor with a couple of years of on-the-job training and attending a few seminars. I have known opiate ddicts that have been abstinent for a decade, and eventually, the lack of endorphins becomes unbearable, they can't handle the pain, both mental and physical, and they go back to using. If this does happen, and I hope for you and your family that it doesn't, please enocurage our son to try methadone. Too many lives have been lost by those who felt they had to become abstinent to please someone else.

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