As with most issues, Roland Reeves argues, both sides of the disease debate around addiction have valid contributions.
A chronic-care model for impaired professionals has been successful tested, but the addiction treatment field is not applying it more widely.
Exasperated family members and patients deserve accurate answers when they ask, "Why can't they just stop?"
Reports of bizarre behavior by users of the synthetic drug Flakka present a difficult but not insurmountable challenge for treatment professionals.
Drug and Alcohol Addiction Recovery Takes Time. And although it may be tempting for many to shortcut their way through rehab, don’t underestimate the hard work involved in successful recovery. Even if someone breezed your way through college or scrambled up the corporate ladder without a hitch, there is no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
Alcohol and drug addiction is a highly complex disease, but the good news is that even people who have struggled with substance abuse and addiction for many years can recover and live healthy, productive lives. Although any attempt at treatment is a step in the right direction, the best solution is treatment that works the first time. Unfortunately, treatment is not a one-size-fits-all situation and there is no single solution that works for everybody. While outpatient treatment works for many people, others require intensive residential treatment for long-term recovery.
There has been a trend over the past few years for even general medical disorders to be treated based on decision not made by medical professionals. Insurance companies determine what kind of treatments they “allow” and what medicines they “allow”, even what surgeries they “allow”. Their decisions are reviewed by hired guns (physicians) paid to support their policies.
Entering alcohol or drug rehab is a monumental, life-changing decision and the first step to a healthier, more satisfying life. However, detox must take place before the hard work of recovery can begin, and it’s no secret that detox is tough.
Primary care physicians are in the best position to identify and treat threats to a patient’s health and well-being, but they are often the last to recognize signs of substance abuse and addiction.
It’s difficult not to confuse spirituality with religion, but it’s important to keep in mind that religion is constructed and organized by human beings, while spirituality is a personal matter that concerns how we relate to the world, to other people, and to ourselves.