Thank you for your insightful editorial on the potential harm to thousands of patients if Gov. Paul LePage succeeds in eliminating methadone as a MaineCare benefit (“Our View: State should not scrap methadone treatment,” Jan. 26).

You correctly point out that people who are receiving this form of medication-assisted treatment are patients with opiate addiction, a disease that may be successfully treated with methadone or Suboxone.

Patients who are ready to change can also be successfully treated with forms of evidence-based treatment and support that do not include medication, such as intensive outpatient therapy, individual counseling and 12-step programs.

There are many paths to recovery. Our governor and the Legislature should not be in the business of second-guessing health care providers and patients when it comes to choosing the right path.

Alison Webb

Portland