Making Money Off Misery: The World of Suboxone and Methadone

Making Money Off Misery: Trading Non-Addictive Substances for the AddictiveAs addiction rates continue to soar across the nation, the profits made off available addiction treatments are as well. While there are many different addiction treatments available, it’s estimated that 50-80 percent of those who undergo some kind of addiction treatment will relapse within the first year of sobriety. Treatment for addiction isn’t cheap, and “free treatment,” like AA or other 12 step programs, doesn’t always work.

Research has shown that programs like AA fall into a success rate of about 5-10 percent. That means that out of 100 people who go to these meetings, 5-10 of them will see lasting sobriety. What’s more is that addiction treatment centers (that average $15,000-$25,000 for 30 days) are largely based around the principles upheld in programs such as AA. People are paying massive amounts of money for treatment that almost always fails.

For the more than 250,000 Americans enrolled in methadone clinics, the cost of “addiction treatment” can be staggering. Getting a daily dose of methadone can cost addicts up to $500 a week, and this is for medicine that does little than replace one addiction with another. Suboxone isn’t much different, with a year supply costing up to $5000.

The thing is, these available treatments aren’t really treating addiction at all. They’re simply covering up one addiction from another, and people are paying the price. Methadone and Suboxone aren’t exactly the easiest to stop taking, with withdrawal symptoms that are frighteningly similar to those experienced when coming off heroin. This often keeps people hooked on the treatment, and the pharmaceutical companies supplying these treatments hooked on the money they’re making off others’ misery.

There are some “recovering” heroin addicts who have been on Methadone for years. As they continue to struggle with their addiction, the companies supplying their habit simply continue to rake in the profits. It would be one thing if accepted treatments like Methadone and Suboxone worked to end addiction, but, unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Instead of being heroin addicts they have a replacement addiction. And instead of buying heroin off the street, they’re buying its replacement from legitimate businesses. And these businesses are profiting in a big way. Never mind these treatments keep people addicted to “legal” substances for years. There’s money to be made, and a lot of it.

If money was the only issue then, well, money isn’t everything. But the reality is, Methodone is the number one cause of prescription overdose in the USA. This means that the drug being used for treating opiate addiction is the most likely for abuse, seems a bit backwards doesn’t it?

With the staggering amount of money being made, and overdose potential of these so called treatments, it should come as no surprise that there are very few available natural remedies for addiction. Although certain psychedelics have proven to be effective at treating addiction (with numerous studies to back these claims) they’re still classified as dangerous drugs and remain illegal, even though most all of them are non-addictive forming and have very low, if any, overdose potential. It’s ironic that many of these substances are deemed as dangerous as the very drugs that are actually killing addicts.

Ibogaine for instance, a psychedelic that has shown unprecedented results in helping heroin and opiate addicts find lasting success through treatment. Because of its unique ability to help addicts quickly overcome physical withdrawal symptoms of heroin addiction, as well as the psychological components that accompany it, Ibogaine is quickly becoming one of the most preferred alternative addiction treatments available.

Although Ibogaine remains illegal in the US, this hasn’t stopped people from going the distance to receive the treatment they so desperately need. Ibogaine clinics are becoming increasingly more popular in Mexico and Canada and can also be found throughout Central and South America. Addicts are taking Ibogaine because it works–which is why many believe it remains illegal. If there’s a natural treatment for addiction that actually works, how would pharmaceutical companies continue to profit off addiction?

Kratom is another natural substance that’s shown amazing results in helping opiate addicts overcome addiction. It’s also one that the DEA has tried to ban. Kratom is a tree from Southeast Asia whose leaves have been used for centuries as a natural pain reliever. It’s also been shown to be effective in helping addicts by replacing their addiction with a much safer, much more natural, one.

As long as there is money to be made, the powers that be will continue to prescribe opiates for opiate addiction. And even though these substances are almost as dangerous as heroin, those suffering from addiction are left with very few alternative options.

This is not to say that some addicts have not found hope from these particular treatment methods. However, for many, replacing opiates with opiates continues to be an absurd solution to a growing problem.