The problem is that most people think that if opiates go away from someone’s life, all other aspects of their life will also improve. It looks like this:
The reality, though, is that it opiates treat pain and the vast majority of opiate addicts suffer from either physical pain or emotional pain resulting from some form of trauma. I believe, then, that the BEST WAY to treat opiate addiction is to treat the underlying disorder while also working on other facets of life as illustrated below:
My bet is that if someone rebuilds relationships, for example, while also treating the underlying anxiety/PTSD, then the opiate use will diminish in time. In my opinion, if someone could be enrolled within a Suboxone program while also working on the PTSD/Anxiety, then all the better.
Opiate Addiction Treatment IS NOT about the opiates alone. I’ll probably repeat that message a million more times in my life, but I’ll do it again and again until it’s received and understood.
Treating Opiate Addiction requires a holistic approach towards HEALTH!!