It’s no secret that I wholeheartedly support and stand by ALL methods to attain recovery via sobriety. For example, I respect and admire addicts who attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, work with a sponsor, and actually delve into the 12-step process. Furthermore, I definitely can attest to the fact that there are some people in recovery who were able to achieve long-term sobriety via regular attendance at AA and/or NA meetings, along with involvement within the recovery community. I don’t believe it is absolutely essential to actually acquire a sponsor and start working steps in order to be successful. (However, I am not saying that it’s okay to be lazy when it comes to recovery, either. Your addiction most certainly took some effort and resourcefulness, and so does your recovery.) Just find what works for you. There is NO silver bullet.
I also support another method known as MAT (medication-assisted treatment). So, this is a method to recovery where an addict is legally prescribed maintenance medication such as Suboxone or methadone (under certain restrictions), and attends one-on-one or group counseling sessions with the intent of achieving long-term sobriety and a life of recovery. I do support the existence of methadone clinics in the United States, however, with the rising number of opioid addicts nationwide, I think it would be beneficial if we saw more clinics. Unfortunately, however, the establishment of an MAT facility does not come without its challenges. There is an undeniable NIMBY mentality (“Not In My Backyard”) among usually oblivious citizens upon news of a clinic being built nearby. There is a misguided, quite frankly ignorant belief that these types of medical facilities are also ominous magnets for criminal activity. This would explain why the existing MAT centers are typically found in more desolate industrial areas.
A few years ago, however, I found an article focusing on a university-level study that aimed to determine whether or not methadone clinics did attract illegal goings-on.
Check it out!