The Opioid Fix: America's Addiction Crisis and the Solution They Don't Want You to Have

October 30, 2020
The Opioid Fix: America's Addiction Crisis and the Solution They Don't Want You to Have

America's addiction crisis is growing worse. More than 115Americans die daily from opioid overdoses, with half a milliondeaths expected in the next decade. Time and again, scientificstudies show that medications like Suboxone and methadone are themost reliable and effective treatment, yet more than 60 percent ofUS addiction treatment centers fail to provide access to them. InThe Opioid Fix, Barbara Andraka-Christou highlights boththe promise and the underuse of medication-assisted treatment(MAT). Addiction, Andraka-Christou writes, is a chronic medicalcondition. Why treat it, then, outside of mainstream medicine?Drawing on more than 100 in-depth interviews with people inrecovery, their family members, treatment providers, and policymakers, Andraka-Christou reveals a troubling landscapecharacterized by underregulated treatment centers and unnecessaryideological battles between twelve-step support groups andmedication providers. The resistance to MAT''from physicians whowon't prescribe it, to drug courts that prohibit it, to politicianswho overregulate it''showcases the narrow-mindedness of the systemand why it isn't working. Recounting the true stories of people inrecovery, this groundbreaking book argues that MAT needs to beavailable to anyone suffering from opioid addiction. Unlike otherbooks about the opioid crisis, which have largely focused on causalfactors like pharmaceutical overprescription and herointrafficking, this book focuses on people who have already developedan opioid addiction but are struggling to find effective treatment.Validating the experience of hundreds of thousands of Americans,The Opioid Fix sounds a loud call for policy reforms thatwill help put lifesaving drugs into the hands of those who needthem the most.