Hello, my name is M.S. and I am a professor at a local college and a large state university. I have Bachelor of Arts degrees with High Honors in English and Political Science from a large state university. I have a Master of Arts degree in Literature from a more prestigious private university where I am “All But Dissertation” (basically I have to finish my dissertation) on a Ph.D. If you were to look at my life, on paper, and you were asked to put in it one of two piles — the “addict” pile, or the “normal” pile — you, probably without a second thought, would put it right in to the “normal” pile.

…and you would be wrong.

I have spent ten years abusing opiates: the first 6 using pills and the last 4 using exclusively heroin.

Most of us have stereotypes about what an addict looks like, and therefore, most of us have an image of whom we might expect to find at a methadone clinic. Consequently, we have an image of the clinic itself — we think. But as you just saw, there stereotypes are often based on misunderstandings.

The only time in the last ten years that I have been able to stop abusing opiates has been for the past 7 months, since I became a client of Morris County Aftercare Center. This place has done nothing less than save my life.

So many of us resist entering treatment for our addictions because we are absolutely terrified of the prospect of having to endure a prolonged period of debilitatingly painful physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms that we call being “dopesick”. We fear that the people who would be our treatment providers, at best, will not appreciate or care about the horror and pain of our opiate withdrawal symptoms. At worst, we fear that they will actively try to make us suffer in order to “teach us a lesson.”

But when you work in a program like that offered at MCAC, which uses methadone to assuage the debilitating effects of the withdrawal symptoms that are the inevitable result of the abuse of heroin and other opiates, you can begin to rebuild your life. In my experience, since I began treatment I have not felt even minor discomfort as the result of MY DECISION to stop abusing opiates.

The single most important thing to keep in mind about treatment at Morris County Aftercare Clinic, is that their treatment approach, crucially, consists of a combination of medication-assisted treatment and personal, one-on-one, psychological counseling. Basically, they will help you feel normal again, so that you can start to address the things that are tearing your life apart and that will end your life if you choose to ignore them.

At MCAC they understand that you are going to struggle with this, that there will be bumps on the road to recovery. The most important thing, to me about my treatment here, is that the staff finds a way to use your slip ups to help you and to make you conscious of the reasons why they happen. Essentially they tailor the program to fit you.

I have ALWAYS felt completely safe both inside and outside of MCAC clinic. The facility is clean, modern, well lit, and no one is allowed to loiter inside of the clinic or in the parking lot areas.

I hope that you will choose to make a positive change for yourself today. As addicts, we come from all walks of life and each of our stories is unique. If your addiction has gotten to the point that your life has become unbearable, your relationships with friends and family are strained or non-existent, or you are in legal or financial trouble as the direct or indirect result of your addiction, make the choice to save your own life. No one can do it but you

– M.S.

M.S. Professor