May 02, 2012
Several weeks ago I got a question yet again, from another pregnant young lady using opiates asking me if it OK to use them only on weekends. I gave her my usual spiel and a few days later noticed a comment to her question from another reader:
“I was in a rehab when I found out I was pregnant. I have now been sober since Feb. 8th of this year and am 12 weeks pregnant. They told me no drug is good to do during pregnancy. It can hurt the baby. I have been on methadone since Feb. 8th and will be on it my whole pregnancy. Maybe it something you can look into. I have no cravings and the baby is growing good and healthy.”
This got me to realize how important it is for me to address this issue. And the issue at hand is the deception that is practiced by the “Addiction Physicians” and “Rehab Clinics” that have sprung up like mushrooms throughout United States in the last twenty years. Federal money and the deep pockets of the pharmaceutical companies are being used to finance unscrupulous pharmacists and physicians to lead innumerable unsuspecting addicts to believe that by switching their illegal habits to the daily methadone or Suboxone they, in fact, are becoming “sober”!
What they are not being told is that they are simply switching one opiate to another. In fact, both methadone and Suboxone are longer acting and more addicting then even heroin itself. I do agree that shooting heroin is extremely dangerous and can lead to horrific consequences and in some instances it is preferable to place an addict on Suboxone or methadone to avoid those risks. However, in no instance is it allowable to mislead and deceive addicts into leading them to believe that they are now “sober” or “clean”.
These medications were first thought to be used as tapering tools off of the harder or illegal opiates, but with time, as they have shown to be extremely addictive, most addiction physicians began using them as maintenance treatment or substitution for heroin or street opiate abuse. We at MDS Drug Detox believe that the only true treatment for opiate abuse is abstinence, and the solution to it is our rapid detox and a long term Naltrexone treatment. Naltrexone treatment, however can only be initiated once a person is already opiate free, and that is hard to achieve without help.
During opiate use, central nervous system makes more and more opioid receptors and the brain anatomical structure is physically changed. It causes the user to crave more and more drugs as they have less effect on the multitude of the opioid receptors. The Naltrexone therapy allows the central nervous system to return to its normal pre-opiate state, thus allowing the brain and the person to regain their normal function.
Human body was created to function without outside endorphins, it is a marvelous machine that will function beautifully if we only take good care of it, treat it well, feed it healthy food and keep it intellectually, physically and spiritually occupied.
We, as physicians must treat our patients with respect and being honest with them is part of our relationship with them. Every patient signs a document called “Informed Consent” prior to starting any treatment. If a patient thinks that they are sober on methadone or Suboxone, their “consent” was NOT “informed”.