To The Daily Sun,
I have directly been involved in the lives of folks addicted to drugs since the age of 12.
As a Laconia native, I started using drugs at that age and stopped using them (10 of those years as a daily heroin user) after 16 years in San Diego. I have been substance-free for 29 years. I have concerns regarding the long-term use of drug replacement as a mainstream go to treatment for addiction.
Too often, the most extreme examples are cited to support a course of treatment. The fact is that opiate withdrawal is completed within a 15-day period. It seems that an industry of professional practice is building with the arrival of funds. Those professionals should be only for critical intervention ... they shouldn't become the long-term reality of people's lives.
The state funds would be more wisely applied to community chemical-free resources that serve to integrate folks into a chemical-free community/lifestyle. We have to move away from raising our kids on Adderall, blunting their anxiety with Benzodiazepines, providing medical marijuana for their emotional discomfort, Suboxone or methadone for years.
Stripped of the PR lingo — addicts are offered a 1/2 life of monthly prescriptions and 15-minute therapy visits — addiction is slavery, upgrading from field slave to house slave is not the same as freedom. There will always be a tiny number of people who really need the above medications, but not an entire generation of people.
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