This article, written by a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, articulates the problems associated with a single pathway approach to recovery. It focuses on drug treatment approaches that exclude alternatives in favor of long-term reliance on drugs such as methadone or Suboxone. This includes a caution against the likely unintended consequences of wholesale adoption of Medication Assisted Treatment without also bolstering other aspects of recovery.
The writer points out that it is “crucial to examine and address … how can these people on M.A.T. be effectively helped to get off the prescribed M.A.T. medications and not revert back to their usual drug of choice especially in a “feetox” (a term coined by patients on methadone clinics who are being rapidly tapered down in dosage due to their inability to pay) situation.”