I am sure you may have heard people say that taking Methadone or Buprenorphine instead of street drugs or illegal drugs is just replacing one drug for the other. These people are correct in the fact that methadone and buprenorphine are legally prescribed medications ordered by physicians, but are wrong and uninformed regarding substituting one drug for another.
Here is what you can tell them: there are very big differences between being in a buprenorphine or methadone treatment program and using drugs illegally. First, methadone and buprenorphine are FDA approved and are medications to treat addiction prescribed by a physician. Both methadone and buprenorphine are safe and are monitored by a treatment facility or a doctor. On the other hand, illegal drugs are often tainted ot laced with unknown and dangerous substances, they are illegal and are not prescribed by a physician. Second, methadone and buprenorphine do not create a high feeling or euphoria like illegal drugs. Third, methadone and buprenorphine eliminate the craving for illegal drugs because they have very long half-lives and a slow onset that eliminate the highs of drug use and the lows of withdrawal. Of course, Methadone is addictive and can be harmful if not administered correctly by a physician. Fourth, methadone and buprenorphine treatment in a comprehensive setting combined with counseling, mental health services and medical services provide the support necessary for individuals to make goals and focus on daily activities.
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