After yesterday’s post, we need a little hope and a reminder that people with opioid addiction can achieve full recovery.
Some local people in recovery from opioid addiction were growing frustrated with media representations of opioid addiction that suggest full abstinence-based recovery is not a realistic goal.
They decided to start The Unicorn Project and I’ve helped them with a website.
Media reports and comments from “experts” give the impression that opioid addiction (heroin, vicodin, etc.) is a near hopeless condition and that the only hope is maintenance on other opioids (buprenorphine and methadone).
Some of these reports acknowledge that there are people who achieve drug-free recovery, but imply that they are extremely rare. It almost sounds like everyone’s heard of them, but no one’s seen one–like unicorns.
We know this isn’t true.
We want people to know that opioid addicts can achieve full recovery without opioid maintenance drugs. And, it’s not rare or unusual when people get the right kind of help.
We’re not here to argue that medications like buprenorphine and methadone are bad, or that our path to recovery or one form of treatment is better than another.
We just want people to know that drug-free recovery is a legitimate path to recovery, that many people already succeed with this path, and that more people could also succeed on this path—if they are offered the right kind of help.
Our evidence is us. We’re all in long-term recovery from opioid addiction.
All of us have been in full recovery for more than 5 years.
This is just a start. The current postings represent just a small fraction of the recovering opioid addicts in a single community. They have several more unicorns working on their stories.