EP 382: Methadone: Pros, Cons, and Controversies in Addiction Treatment

May 26, 2024

Methadone: Pros, Cons, and Controversies in Addiction Treatment

In this episode of Real Recovery Talk, hosts Tom Conrad and Benjamin B. put on their tinfoil hats and dive deep into the topic of methadone. They discuss why people choose this path, sharing personal experiences and observations about its effects over the years, and ultimately argue that abstinence-based treatment is the best approach for recovery. They touch on the pitfalls of methadone, especially in the context of jail and prisons, and highlight the importance of a robust recovery community. This episode aims to provoke thought and spark discussion about the complexities and potential downsides of medically assisted treatment.

00:00 Welcome to the Tinfoil Hat Episode: Methadone Deep Dive
00:44 Introducing the Hosts and Gratitude for Listeners
01:21 Casual Banter and Food Adventures
02:10 The Heart of the Matter: Methadone and Recovery Opinions
02:45 A Personal Story: Methadone in the Correctional System
06:31 The Economics of Methadone: A Closer Look
13:14 The Cycle of Dependency and Systemic Issues
15:38 The Argument for Abstinence-Based Recovery
27:15 Personal Reflections and Closing Thoughts

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