Methadone Treatment Can Keep Them Wanting

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During an addict’s struggle for sobriety, he or she usually gets introduced to methadone. Methadone—the “exalted” miracle cure. The substance that’s supposed to cure an addict’s cravings and end those hated urges, rendering your enslavement over. Your mind will be free and your body will heal back to normal.

At least that’s what you’re told and it is what most believe.

From the outside, what passes as observation is just, well, not. It’s an opinion that most people form from their own misinformed reasoning. But you can’t fault them; even though statistics would point in the other direction. They’re trying to put some reason to the unreasonable, and make some sense out of it. That’s perfectly normal to try to do.

The basic problem is that methadone and heroin are similar drugs. They give the same result. They don’t remove any toxins from the body or resolve the dependency and, in fact, you could just switch one for the other and still have the same addict. The “Continuing Addict” is what I like to call it.

This is a “sad” situation, of course.

Yet there’s another unintended effect—one that keeps the drug dealer in business, eating up neighborhoods, destroying lives and deteriorating souls. Methadone can keep them coming back to their drug dealer after rehab treatment.

I want to share a story I experienced firsthand. When I was a freshman in high school I didn’t have many friends. I was new to the school and studious—I was interested in working on my academics. So I kept to myself, I worked on my studies and stayed focused. I did make a friend though, and his name was Charlie. I liked Charlie—he was funny, witty, stylish and athletic. He was somebody anyone would want to be friends with. So we became friends—good friends, in fact.

One day, not long after we became friends he invited me to his home. I was excited yet a little nervous at the same time. We were both from the Bronx. I lived in an area called “Riverdale” and he lived in an area called “Castle Hill.” These areas couldn’t be more different than night and day. Riverdale was wealthy, clean and considered to be a suburb within the borders of New York City. Castle Hill, on the other hand, was plagued with crime, gangs, poverty, overcrowding, failing schools, drugs, and many other bad vices. I was excited to hang out with my friend, though. I was a bit apprehensive, but I headed over to his place on the subway, at night.

His younger siblings were there and they were all very nice, saying hi to me and introducing themselves to me, politely smiling and shaking my hand. Their home was very warm and welcoming, though it was in the housing projects.

Then I meet Charlie’s older brother, a guy named Sean. Sean was very friendly and a little overly gregarious. There was something different about him. I could tell he was the alpha in this home and probably in the community. I was curious, so I asked him what he did for a living. He smirked and answered, “Hustling.” This was slang for drug dealing. He was quite honest about it—he didn’t even hesitate in his admission to me. He even indicated that he employed locals in his operation, including the two guys “on the job,” at the entrance to the building I had just walked into.

“Methadone keeps them addicted. And after their rehab programs and law are off of their backs? They return to me as customers.”

Being the innocent person that I am, I asked him why he did such a thing for a living, and why didn’t he focus his efforts on something more ethical. Again he got straight to the point—heroin and coke addicts never kick the habit. He even went on to say, “Methadone keeps them addicted. And after their rehab programs and law are off of their backs? They return to me as customers.”

It’s apparent to the drug dealers that methadone keeps addicts wanting more and that keeps the dealers in business. As long as the toxins of those drugs remain in the body and cravings continue, there will always be a thriving business for dealers.

Narconon is an effective rehab program that breaks the cycle of addiction by removing drug toxins from the body. That’s why methadone is a failure and benefits the drug dealer, even when his customers are in and out of rehab. It’s a bridge used to keep them addicted while they receive “treatment” that then keeps the addiction going.

And there are plenty of statistics and instances to prove this, over and over.

And as a final and cautionary note, Sean experienced another consequence of pushing evil for profit. Unfortunately, a few years later he took a bullet to the head in a set-up made to look like a drug business deal.

Let’s end addiction with a workable rehab program that uses a drug-free rehab method—Narconon is the answer.

AUTHOR

Gavin Marini

I believe in a drug-free world. A world in which we all have minds free from drugs.

NARCONON FREEDOM CENTER

DRUG EDUCATION AND REHABILITATION