I was one of the lucky ones to receive medication to treat my opioid addiction
Legal and regulatory restrictions, stigma, and other barriers make it difficult for many patients to access FDA-approved medications to treat opioid use disorder (MOUD).
One of the major turning points was when I got on medication-assisted treatment through a physician who placed me on Suboxone for a relatively short amount of time, only a couple of months. It helped to address the craving and the chemical dependency. And it helped me to finally start addressing those underlying emotional issues and trauma that I had never dealt with.
Stephen’s story is taken from an interview transcript and has been edited for clarity.