Limbo Status of the MAT Patient

  • Positing recovery as a journey of self-transformation, the methadone patient subsists in undetermined space—a hinterland beyond the clearly demarcated identity fissures of “addict” or “recovering addict.” In the absence of a proactive recovery culture, the methadone maintenance patient becomes tied to an archetypal “spoiled identity” to be managed and governed rather than retrieved, nurtured and healed.