Why does buprenorphine/naloxone (known by its brand name, Suboxone) have therapy requirements? While patients generally stay on Suboxone for one to two years, we at Workit Clinic know that addiction is a lifelong disease. In order to stick to recovery and truly become free from addiction someone must be able to manage triggers, understand addiction, and maintain a support system.
Dealing with chronic pain as a person in recovery is a controversial topic. Staunch 12 Steppers may take the hardline approach that you should not take anything stronger than Tylenol for pain. Others take a more pragmatic approach and listen to what their doctor considers to be the best treatment option.
Dr. Valerie Mason-John is the co-founder of 8 Step Recovery and one of the leaders in the secular recovery movement. I tracked her down to ask about her history and her own recovery, as well as the movement she's creating.
Amy Dresner's memoir 'My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean' is the addiction memoir everyone's talking about. In My Fair Junkie, Amy recounts the grim places addiction to drugs, alcohol, and sex took her. I snagged some of Amy's time to ask her a few questions about the small victories she celebrates today at 5 years sober, how her family feels about the memoir, and more.