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MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment) and the Bible

Discussion in 'Recovery Related Spiritual Advice' started by Jim B., May 5, 2021.

  1. Jim B.

    Jim B. New Member

    United States
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    Hi all!

    I am employed with a rather big drug and alcohol treatment organization that largely focuses on medication assisted treatment such as methodone, suboxone, and librium (or perhaps a vivitrol shot). I joined the organization two years ago as an ambitious Christian with a 12-step background. The world of MAT was COMPLETELY new to me. I thought we would be working the steps and I thought since the steps refer to God that it would be relatively easy to have godly conversations with my clients.

    I'm learning through my work and through my Christian counseling training through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) that the medical world is treating addiction and mental health as solely a medical problem.

    I completely disagree! And I think my clients ought to work the steps! And repent for their sins and turn to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

    And so, my questions are, shall I turn away and quit because the medical world is perhaps cancelling out people like me? Can one make a Christian argument for MAT, for a short period of time? Am I guilty of sin for helping my clients get on a permanent or semi-permanent dosage of methadone? In many ways, I'm misinformed about this world because I've never been through it on a personal level (my addictions were different than a lot of the modern trends). Any advice helps! Please and thank you.
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  2. Hammster

    Hammster Can you describe the ruckus? Staff Member Site Advisor Supporter

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    If you cannot, in good conscience, abide by their protocols, then leaving would be the way to go.

    I’m not big on a medical answer to addiction if it’s the main treatment. Addiction is a sin problem, not a medical one. I do not believe that alcoholism is a disease, nor do I believe that’s once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic. I do believe that the gospel will work.

    Now, if there’s medication that helps folks get off the drugs or alcohol without the severe withdrawals, I’m okay with that. But their sin must be dealt with in order to have long-lasting and beneficial outcomes.
  3. com7fy8

    com7fy8 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    "the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (in Philippians 4:6-7)

    I understand this is what works to take care of our spiritual "minds".

    But possibly a physical brain needs a little help from a medication.

    But a person's character, deeper than physical, needs how only God can cure our character so we are immune, even, to sin-sick drives and reactions and ways of thinking and emotions which have spiritual roots.

    No physical medication can cure a personality trouble, because our personalities are spiritual. But our Father is curing us by changing us to become like His Son Jesus. This works :)

    Jesus is almighty. And we are told, "be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might." (in Ephesians 6:10) In His peace with strength almighty we can hold out against any and all cruel and damaging and hurting and addicting passions and emotional ways of reacting badly. And Jesus is "gentle and lowly in heart" > Matthew 11:29 > in His gentleness and humility we have this almighty power to keep our personalities safe and sweet, in His rest > "you will find rest for your souls." (in Matthew 11:29)

    So, I would offer that this needs to be the context and hope of the steps.
  4. RaymondG

    RaymondG Well-Known Member

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    Until we become believers and are able to lay hands on the sick and have them recover......we have little alternatives but to use doctors and medicines. So it would be unwise to paint them in a negative light.
  5. Jim B.

    Jim B. New Member

    United States
    In Relationship

    Thank you for all of your replies!