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AA and NA Won’t Accept Them, so People in Medication-Assisted Treatment Are Starting Their Own Addiction Support Groups

by Jennifer McMahon | Mar 6, 2019

Seeking treatment for an addiction takes courage. There’s an unfair stigma surrounding the disease of addiction, which makes it tough for people to reach out for help. When they do, they should be supported in every way possible.

So it’s mystifying when they’re not. Especially when the stigma surrounding addiction comes from leaders within the addiction treatment field itself, including the two brand-names in addiction support - Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

But this is often the bewildering experience of people engaged in medication-assisted treatment (MAT). They’re sometimes stigmatized by the supporters of traditional addiction treatment organizations for a recovery path that isn’t abstinence-only. Since the two most common addiction medications contain a small amount of opiates, MAT patients are  discriminated against for “replacing one drug with another.”

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He Had a Heroin Addiction, West Nile Virus, and Endocarditis. The Healthcare System Failed Him; A Certified Recovery Specialist Empowered Him.

by Jennifer McMahon | Feb 25, 2019

Living on the streets in Boston, Mass., Peter Mulroney struggled with an addiction to heroin.

One day, he woke up in his homeless encampment and knew something was wrong. A friend gave him a ride to Boston Medical Center, where he was diagnosed with endocarditis, an inflammation of the inner layer of the heart.

On his fourth day at the hospital, Peter fell into a coma. The nurses called his parents to obtain permission to perform a spinal tap on Peter.

When they did, the doctors discovered another deadly infection: West Nile Virus.

Peter was in a coma for seven days. He was in the ICU for two months.

His diagnosis was grim. Doctors told Jake’s parents that he would never walk or talk again.

Somehow, Peter defied the odds. After a few weeks, he began talking. Eventually, he even began walking with a cane.

But while recovering from his deadly infections, Peter still had to sustain the recovery path for his other disease: opioid use disorder (OUD). All while being treated with opioid pain medication.

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