I Dont mean to disparaging, but alot of the people who go to NA (Narcotics Anonymous) meetings go there for what is effectively a free psychiatry session. Alot of people want to talk about how depressing and dark their life is. It seems that everybody i meet at the meetings is depressed. Im in a methadone clinic. The methadone clinic patients are a stark contrast by what ive seen. Nobody ive met at my clinic enjoys going around in pity for themselves. Everyone I know there is upbeat, and for the most part they are over their addiction. Like me, the total extent of their addiction is a 20 minute detour to the clinic everyday, or like for many, only a few times a month.
Ive been telling my story in every meeting and ive been getting alot of blown minds.
It seems the stigma of medication assisted treatment knows no bounds.
Right now, on methadone, my addiction accounts for almost 0 % of my time and attention. All my energy is put towards working and learning and doing healthy things. Methadone allows you to completely forget about your addiction. Your mood is taken care of so you can focus on whats important in life.
I dont want to have to think about my addiction, my mood, or how bad i have it. I Just want to shut the fuck up and get on with my life.
Is this a reasonable viewpoint?