The NY Post just published an article about Jennifer Matesa and her recovery.
She just published a post addressing a very important omission:
The biggest thing that didn’t make it in is my main reason for talking to thePost. (I mean, the Post is famous for Page Six, right? but if it had been the New York Times or Pro Publica or the Kalamazoo Gazette, my motive would have been the same.)
I talked to this reporter because there are other reporters out there saying that once you’re addicted to opioids, you may as well resign yourself to taking drugs for the rest of your life.
I am, however, not a unicorn. I know so many people, including many many women, who no longer cop heroin or snort Oxy. And they don’t take methadone or Suboxone, either.
But in some public health circles, it is said that there is no “proof” that we can actually do this. Nobody has “proven” that abstinence from opioids is possible—that human beings can choose to live drug-free, and actually Do That.
There does exist, however, some evidence that people who are addicted to painkillers or heroin stay off street drugs and stop injecting if they take other opioids. (A lot of the research is driven by the desire to find a way to control the spread of HIV infection through needles.) So indefinite maintenance with these drugs—possibly for a lifetime—is now touted as the “evidence-based standard of treatment” for illnesses like the one I have, no matter what your circumstances.
This isn’t about evangelizing.
This isn’t about there being “one true way”.
This is about a truth (not the truth) being denied/ignored under the cover of phony objectivity.