|Opening||Introduction for MAT Experts series.|
|Episode 1||Bryce Newberry speaks with ASU Lecturer Claire McLoone about the science of addiction.|
|Episode 2||Rick Christensen covers the types of medications used to treat Opioid Use Disorder.|
|Episode 3||Francesca Mia Gomez speaks with Sarah Fynmore, Policy Coordinator of Sonoran Prevention Works, about harm reduction principles.|
|Episode 4||Dr. Sara Salek, Chief Medical Officer of AHCCCS explains the role of prescription medications in the opioid epidemic.|
|Episode 5||Bryce Newberry speaks with Charrisa Riggs about Medication-Assisted Treatment. Charrisa explains why MAT is not just replacing one drug for another but a way to help patients get well.|
|Episode 6||Bryce Newberry speaks with CEO of Community Medical Services Nick Stavros. Nick explains opioid addiction affects every American.|
|Episode 7||Francesca Mia Gomez speaks with Dr. Luke Peterson of Banner Health about pregnancy and Opioid Use Disorder. Dr. Peterson explains why Medication-Assisted Treatment is the recommended therapy for pregnant people.|
|Episode 8||Francesca Mia Gomez speaks with Chandler Fire Chief Jason White. Chief White explains why naloxone, the overdose reversal drug, is changing lives.|
|Episode 9||Bryce Newberry speaks with Patrick Sullivan. Patrick is in active recovery from Opioid Use Disorder thanks to Medication-Assisted Treatment. Patrick explains what it took for him to move through addiction and reminds viewers that recovery is possible.|
|Francesca Miz Gomez speaks with Chandler Fire Chief Jason White. Chief White explains why naloxone, the overdose reversal drug, is changing lives.||Bryce Newberry speaks with Patrick Sullivan. Patrick is in active recovery from Opioid Use Disorder thanks to Medication-Assisted Treatment. Patrick explains what it took for him to move through addiction and reminds viewers that recovery is possible.||Closing remarks.|
Myth: There is no hope for people who are addicted to opioids.
Fact: Recovery is possible.
Interviewee: I started using drugs when I was in high school. When I got into college, I started using heavier drugs like cocaine. Eventually started working towards opiates, and I had a girlfriend who introduced me to heroin.
Interviewer: Why is it so hard to stop?
Interviewee: Well, part of it is a physical dependence because if you don’t have ‘em, and you’re physically dependent on it, you’re gonna become ill. They call it dope sick, and it really is like this horrible flu that you have. There’s this psychological idea of, if I’m sick, I have to go to the doctor and go to the pharmacy, and then I’m gonna feel better in a few days. Whereas, if I’m dope sick, then I can go to my friend’s house down the street or a mile or two away, and I’m gonna feel better within a few minutes. It’s a really hard psychological thing to overcome.
I came to Tucson. My ex had come out here to try to get clean, to live with her dad and to try to get clean, and I followed a few months later ‘cause she had brought my kid out with her. We started using right away. I was still using, and she had cleaned up, but we started using. We moved in together and started using, and a couple of months later, our kid was taken back to Illinois which is where I come from. I can remember waking up and thinking, I’m gonna be 80 years old, and I’m still gonna be chasing this high every day.
Interviewer: When and what made you decide to get help?
Interviewee: I think I was already at the point where I didn’t wanna use anymore, but that was really the final impetus. I was ready to not use anymore, and so I went to my doctor one day, and I said, “I’d like to start,” so I finally started the methadone program here in Tucson. I was actually a client here at CMS. At that time, it was a very small clinic. It was probably 100 clients or so. It was private pay only. I signed up and just started the program. I still used for a couple of months after that, but it was less and less every week. Then on July 18th of 2009, I used heroin for the last time. I had been on the program since about mid-May, so I’d been on it for about two months.
Interviewer: You remember the exact date, July 18, 2009, that you stopped using heroin.
Interviewee: It’s a week after my birthday, [laughter] but I guess, in a way, it’s my second birthday.
Interviewer: For people who are maybe thinking about MAT or in the process of MAT treatment, what would you say?
Interviewee: I would say trust the program. Trust yourself. Know that you can do it. Know that it is possible to live a life without drugs.