The Failure of 12-Step Abstinence-Based Treatments for Heroin Addicts

Jennifer Stamper, Chrysalis House’s treatment director, said the mothers can stay up to two years at the facility. Chrysalis House does not offer Suboxone, but it does accept mothers who are on the medication — although Stamper said they make up less than 5 percent of the residents. Despite the clinic’s failure rate, she has not considered making the medication more accessible. “I don’t know how to answer that question,” she said. “We are an abstinence-based program by nature.”

No altered states allowed:

Might Suboxone have saved Lillard?
“Could have,” Greenwell said. “But it’s not sobriety.”
Greenwell underlined his point. “It’s being alive,” he said dismissively. “But you’re not clean and sober.

So, being dead is the ultimate “Clean and Sober,” yes?

The state’s treatment providers have little idea how their patients fare once they walk out the door. Hascal of The Healing Place said she didn’t know the relapse rate of her graduates. When Diane Hague, the director of the largest licensed addiction treatment facility in Jefferson County, was asked what happens to addicts once they leave, she replied, “How would I have that?” Right now, the surest way Hague and others know the fate of former residents is if they return after a relapse.

This is another part of the dollar$ that are involved in The War On Drugs.

For the treatment centers, the revolving door may be financially lucrative. “It’s a service that rewards the failure of the service,” Johnson said. “If you are going to a program, you don’t succeed and you pay X-thousand dollars. When you fail, you go back — another X-thousand dollars. Because it’s your fault.”

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via Dying To Be Free – The Huffington Post.

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