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Harm Reduction, The Opioid Crisis, and The Miracle Future

Atheists in Recovery

Science & Medicine

Welcome to today’s show! 

 

WHAT WE’LL LEARN

 

  • How David’s earliest memories were rooted in sadness & depression and he felt like something was terribly wrong with him
  • David was put on anti-depressants is his early teens but felt “nothing was working”
  • How a Cop was the greatest endorsement for heroin use
  • When at Hazelden, David was told by staff he needed to put his life & will in God’s hands and work the steps of A.A.
  • David, as a devout Atheist, felt this treatment approach was not going to work for him
  • After parents gave David “tough love” and an ultimatum, he went to a halfway house but felt “it was a joke” be/c all he wanted to do was use again
  • David then went on a mission to show his parents that addiction was not a disease and he could stop at will
  • After his friend overdosed and thinking about the permanence of death, David believed this would motivate him to stop using heroin
  • How David found buprenorphine when looking for a reliable, safe source of an opioid to start the healing process
  • What the struggles were with obtaining buprenorphine from doctors in 2008
  • What’s David’s response to the Opioid Crisis
  • What David thinks the “miracle future” of addiction treatment looks like (hint: it involves science and facts).

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