Only a clean break can conquer it
I disagree that “the only effective treatment” of heroin addiction “is an indefinite prescription of Suboxone or methadone” (“12-step programs not the best therapy for heroin addiction,” Letter of the Day, Feb. 17).
I am a recovered heroin/prescription-drug addict who has been enrolled in a methadone program and am currently a member of AA. When the court system placed me in the methadone program, my life was out of control. I did experience some harm reduction at first. My job and family situation did stabilize.
However, I also experienced many of the common side effects of methadone addiction: impotence, memory loss, wild mood swings, insomnia, constipation and chronic fatigue. I bought and abused extra methadone from fellow clinic clients. I abused alcohol, cocaine and marijuana while using methadone. It was my experience that many methadone users were also abusing other drugs.
I was arrested and went through unimaginable withdrawal in jail.
Without a true psychic change and abstinence from all mood-altering drugs, addicts cannot recover from this disease. I have been clean and sober for many years. My prescription for recovery is daily prayer, attendance at AA meetings and association with other recovering people.
The letter writer is right. People are dying. But not from abstinence-based treatment. They are dying from opiate addiction.
David M. Stanley, Bloomington
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One customer lost, one gained for Gedney
When did the word “midget” become offensive? How far are we going to carry this idiotic political correctness? (“Big objection to small pickle’s name leads to change,” Feb. 21.)
When I was in grade school, our basketball teams were called “midget” teams. If “midget” is offensive, why isn’t “dwarfism” offensive?
And a lot of people don’t like the term “little people.” It sounds like you’re talking about leprechauns. I’ve known and worked with some “little people” when I lived in the West. They referred to themselves as midgets. They weren’t offended or shamed by the word.
If Gedney caved into this politically correct nonsense, I will never buy the company’s products again. Enough is enough! Everything we say now is offensive to someone. Yet we overlook real problems, like unemployment, terrorism, climate change, etc. etc. Gee, did any of the words I used offend anyone?
Tom R. Kovach, Nevis, Minn.
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