Different Steps for Different Needs in Opioid Recovery
The Berkshire Eagle
PITTSFIELD – Every day in Berkshire County, people battling opiate addiction gather to support each other, some walking the 12 steps of Narcotics Anonymous.
But the welcome mat isn’t out for everyone.
The internationally known program expects full participants to be “clean,” a rule that generally excludes people using substances like methadone and Suboxone to control their addiction.
“For people on Suboxone, they’re second-class citizens,” said Dr. Ardis Fisch.
Fisch has a second option: Whatever Works Berkshires.
That new group meets Tuesdays in Pittsfield and Thursdays in North Adams. It is designed for people seeking recovery through use of what is known as medication-assisted treatment. Read more