Suboxone Assisted Treatment
April 2010


When things get tough, always remember faith doesn't get you around trouble, it gets you through it.                        ~Unknown

Welcome once again to our News Updates with Suboxone Assisted Treatment.  As always it is a pleasure to have you with us.

It pleases me to announce that our Radio Program last month was a great success. Both of our guests did a remarkable job.

From our Methadone Forum; "A Flicker of Light in The Dark" we had joining us, Mr. Seth Poynter. And from our Suboxone Forum; The Light At The End of The Tunnel we had Ms. Beth Fye. Both of these amazing people are current patients in recovery who have been able to turn their lives around with the help of Medicated Assisted Treatment.

The topic for our March program was "Cross Addiction."

"Many times, more often than not, when patients try to stop using opiates some doctors may try and help the patient by prescribing another drug to help them with anxiety and/or sleep. Most commonly Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Ativan) are used. While these drugs can be useful when used for short periods of time, one can build up a tolerance over time and little by little the dose is increased as the tolerance itself increases and before you know it, you not only have an addiction to opiates but to Benzodiazepines as well. This is known as a "Cross Addiction."

What happens when you suddenly try and stop taking a Benzodiazepine or "Benzo?"

How long can an addiction to Benzos last?

Can a person safely stop taking Benzos?

What can I do if I find myself addicted?

Find out the answere to these question and more. You may listen to this and other Previously aired programs by visiting; Blog Talk Radio/MenLet's Talk at the following web address:  

Future programs will be aired live on the first Tuesday of each month 7pm-8pm. The dates for the program are as follows:

May 4, 2010                       August 3, 2010
June 1, 2010                     September 7, 2010
July 6, 2010                      October 5, 2010

 Remember, all programs begin at 7:00 pm and end at 8:oo pm. You may listen to the live programs by visiting: Blog Talk Radio/Medical Assisted Treatment of America Inc.


To be in your child's
memories tomorrow,
be in his life today. -

" The only limitations to your success will be those you accept and those you place upon yourself!"
~Michael G. Collier

This time of year many people are starting to think about what they will be doing in the next upcoming months. As summer nears many of you may be thinking about taking a trip to explore another country. Before you plan to travel outside of the United States we would like to urge you to look into the laws of the country you are planning to visit. Does this country allow the use of Suboxone or Subutex? While doing some reasearch online I came across the following article and wanted to share it with you.

Location; Mauritius
The Prime Minister has launched a National Policing Strategic Framework that is expected to strengthen and make the Police Force more effective in tracking law breakers and bring it closer to the community.
The Prime Minister also promises changes in the law to provide for death penalty to Subutex peddlers and murderers before the end of his present mandate and before the general elections.
“We have to be severe. Subutex will not be allowed in the country.
Even those who have to take Subutex under medical prescription will not be spared. It is better that they do not come to Mauritius on holidays with Subutex; they will have to face severe penalties, "he said after launching the National Policing Strategic Framework at the Octave Wiehé auditorium in Réduit.

The framework provides for a new culture and philosophy that will result in a more competent, effective and efficient delivery of service by the members of the police force.

It also calls for additional responsibility on the community. It will be expected to work closely with the force and report all offences
The framework is a trust building exercise to make the society a better place to live in. An independent cell will also be set up where members of the community can disclose information and make complaints.
Police officers will have to respect human rights, work in transparency and be accountable for their actions.
Earlier the Pm said crime rates had not increased; crime detection had. He said that for the first time, there was a decrease in crime by 8.5% in 2009 thanks to the vigilance and the efficiency of the police. However, he deplored that the general perception was that law and order was deteriorating in the country.
As example, he mentioned the case of heroin trafficking in the country.

He said: “In 2000, there were 416 cases of heroin, in 2001 there were 761 cases, in 2002 there were 779 cases. 952 cases of heroin were registered in 2003 while 851 and 861 cases were registered in 2004 and 2005 respectively whereas in 2006, heroin cases decreased to 400 and in 2009 there have been 207 cases.”
However, he agreed that the traffic of Subutex had increased while the traffic of heroin had gone down. To combat this traffic, he would soon come with a law that would give the judiciary the right to deal severely with drug traffickers and murderers.

Be safe, stay safe. There is nothing more important than your safety.

Do not ask to walk smooth paths nor bear an easy load. But yet pray for strength to climb
the rocky road. May you have the courage to cope with the hardest peaks along the way;
and then you shall learn to transform each and every stumbling block into a stepping stone.
~ Unknown

Did you know?

April was the second month in an early Roman calendar, but became the fourth when the ancient Romans started using January as the first month. The Romans called the month Aprilis. It may come from a word meaning 'to open', or it may come from Aphrodite, the Greek name for the goddess of love. April Fool's Day, also called All Fool's Day. While researching this day I found several different versions, so being the person that I am, I decided to stick to the ever popular Wikipedia for my information.

The day is marked by the commission of hoaxes and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, enemies, and neighbors, or sending them on a fool's errand, the aim of which is to embarrass the gullible. Traditionally, in some countries, such as the UK, Australia, South Africa and parts of Canada, the jokes only last until noon, and someone who plays a trick after noon is called an "April Fool". It is for this reason that newspapers in the U.K. that run a front page April fool only do so on the first (morning) edition. Elsewhere, such as in France, Ireland, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Russia, The Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, and the U.S., the jokes last all day. The earliest recorded association between April 1 and foolishness can be found in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (1392). Many writers suggest that the restoration of January 1 as New Year's Day in the 16th century was responsible for the creation of the holiday, but this theory does not explain earlier references.

Also in April, the American Revolutionary War Begin on April 19, 1775 and on April 3rd the Pony Express began. On April 9th in the year 1865 General Robert E. Lee commander of the Confederate Army surrendered to U.S. Grant and the official end of the American Civil War took place.

One of our most popular holidays during the month of April is Easter. A day filled with family, love, easter egg hunts and lots of goodies left by the Easter Bunny. I'd like to wish all of you a very Happy Easter and I would also like to ask you to also remember what Easter is all about.

Today I heard a robin sing
And my joyous heart took wing.
Spring has lavishly arrived
As Mother Earth comes alive.

Dogwood trees reach for the skies,
Tulips bloom before my eyes.
Birds wing to and fro,
Sing the sweetest songs they know.

Hills and valleys are revived,
Buttercups and bluebells thrive,
Woodland babes fill cozy nooks.

Little children romp and tease,
Butterflies glide on the breeze.
I smell the fragrance of the rose,
Feel velvet grass between my toes.

I thank our gracious Lord above
For His precious gifts of love,
Expressed in effervescent Spring
And every vibrant living thing.
~Catherine Janssen Irwin~

Please remember to say a special prayer tonight for our troops. Everyday someone who may or not be close to you will put their life on the line so that we here at home may continue to live a safe and free life. Always remember. Never Forget.

Have you checked out our Suboxone Forum lately? Everyone, weather you are new to recovery or have been in recovery for many years needs the support of others who have been down that same road you have.

Continuing education and support are the keys to a successful recovery. If you haven't already joined the forum there's no time like the present. Simply click on the "join" button and it will take you to our forum; "The Light At The End of The Tunnel.

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Compiled and published by:
Dee Black
Assistant Editor/Research Assistant/Forum Manager
Approved By:
Deborah Shrira CEO/Editor/Web Mistress
Medical Assisted Treatment of America Inc.
April 2010