Police Story, Part One

Given that addiction by its nature puts many treatment clients into direct conflict with the law, I don’t see how we can afford to ignore these issues.

My interest in this began with a first person account by a former police officer who shot and killed a man in the line of duty. After review the shooting was found to be entirely justified. For a long time after, he reports feeling ‘fine’ about the shooting. Eventually, however, he began to suffer what we recognize as signs of delayed trauma reaction: anxiety, depression, compulsive eating and drinking.

In the course of his recovery, this officer began to go back over the event, questioning the values, training, and finally, the system itself that put him in the situation in the first place. He wound up leaving the force and today is a PhD student in criminology, active in the movement for police reform.

Here’s his story.

Law enforcement and the criminal justice system play such an important role in America’s response to drug and alcohol problems of all types. That's not always true around the world but it certainly is in the USA. I don’t expect it to change...

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Police Story, Part One

Given that addiction by its nature puts many treatment clients into direct conflict with the law, I don’t see how we can afford to ignore these issues.

Police Story, Part One

Given that addiction by its nature puts many treatment clients into direct conflict with the law, I don’t see how we can afford to ignore these issues.

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...in the addiction field we continually encounter people who are very resistant to evidence. To the point where they simply cannot perceive certain facts about themselves and their lives.

Police Story, Part One

Given that addiction by its nature puts many treatment clients into direct conflict with the law, I don’t see how we can afford to ignore these issues.

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Daily life becomes a battle zone; the more folks press for change, the more the drinker retreats into isolation, aided by the bottle.

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The Defiant Ones

Daily life becomes a battle zone; the more folks press for change, the more the drinker retreats into isolation, aided by the bottle.

The Defiant Ones

Daily life becomes a battle zone; the more folks press for change, the more the drinker retreats into isolation, aided by the bottle.

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