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Announcing the Medication-Assisted Recovery
Essay Contest Winners

People using variety of medications tell their recovery stories


3rd place winner: Ian Christianson


Suboxone saved my life. I’ve been clean and sober since that day five years ago when I walked into my doctor’s office beaten down by my addiction and finally asked for help.

At 30 years of age, after 15 years of drug addiction, I started Suboxone. I had been attending 12 step groups, but after years of heroin and pill addiction, numerous drug treatments, and chronically relapsing, I had to do something different. The decision was difficult. Suboxone is controversial, and I feared the judgments of others in recovery.

Medication-Assisted Treatment is a BIG part of my recovery, but staying sober depends on more than just medication. I do service work, go to meetings, stay away from drugs/alcohol, and surround myself with supportive people.

Medication-Assisted Treatment is the best decision I had made in a long time. I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help from my doctors and the MAT program. Suboxone has stopped my cravings and preoccupation with getting high. My life is no longer controlled by being high, lying, feeling miserable, then starting the cycle again.

I’m 100 % committed to my recovery. Even though some days are still hard, I know I can make it though the tough times. I now have a good job, a house, and a family. Besides all that, I now have something I never thought I could, sobriety and true happiness. I owe a lot of that to MAT.


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