Methadone Clinics (or Opioid Treatment Programs, "OTP's") provide a safe way for people suffering from the chronic disease of opioid addiction to receive the most effective known treatment for their illness. Learn a little bit about how Methadone Clinics teach patients suffering from opioid addiction to re-learn and re-gain productive behavior with help from a licensed mental health counselor or other professional in this free video on methadone treatment and drug addiction.
While I firmly believe that this licensed mental health counselor (LPC) has a view of methadone maintenance treatment and the clinics that provide this life-saving, life-restoring treatment that is rooted in evidence-based research and scientific/medical facts and data, I regret that some of his "word choices" could potentially perpetuate stigma (He speaks of one's "drug maintenance" being supervised by medical professionals, and referring to the *medication* methadone and the maintenance therapy that employs its use as one aspect of the treatment modality as "drug maintenance" could lead to a mythological impression or assumption on the part of the viewer that methadone maintenance treatment simply switches out one "drug" for another legal "drug.") Also, for example, the use of the word "swap" when describing or referring to ANY aspect of the methadone maintenance treatment modality (he mentions MMT "teaching addicts to swap addictive behavior for more productive behavior"), due to the potential confusion that also contribute to the common stigmatizing misinformation, like mentioned before, that methadone treatment/therapy "swaps" one addiction for another "addiction." (I must make an important note here that there is a significant, real & important medical difference between "addiction" and "dependency" for which I will address in a separate entry on this blog in the future.)
Overall, however, the main notion that "methadone clinics are a good thing" is very true and much appreciated.