We have four blogs on our site, each with its own focus:
How to Talk so an Alcoholic Will Listen (Families) is a question-and-answer format blog that provides help for families struggling with an addiction problem.
How to Talk so an Alcoholic Will Listen (Clinicians) is a question-and answer format blog serving as a discussion forum for treatment clinicians & recovery pros.
Tips for Treatment Programs is a question-and-answer format blog that gives practical tips for people who want to run excellent treatment & recovery programs.
Thinking About Addiction is a more traditional “sharing our thoughts” blog that responds to news, information, and whatever’s happening for us right now. It’s too long a title to call it “Thinking About Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery” but that’s a better description.
Here’s a feed of all the posts to all of our blogs:
Nurses and doctors experience the same feelings about homeless alcoholics they see in the ER every Saturday night.
The larger issue is that most drug pricing is still market-driven, or as my endocrinologist puts it, “they charge whatever they can get away with charging.”
So if… the real problem at this late stage isn’t the lack of a plan but the absence of motivation to implement it– then what’s in the way?
He compares the patients he treats, who are often homeless, to “outcasts” and ‘lepers”, who have been “derided, despised, and marginalized.”
There’s no blood test, no scan to aid diagnosis. Knowing intellectually that one in ten will succumb is very little help; it has no practical value in terms of predicting an individual outcome.
I fear they’re regular Americans, like some of us, except for their twisted attitudes and beliefs about addiction.
That’s why I’d welcome more research into the tapering process, with an eye to improving success rates.
Of course with additional treatment responsibilities, a counselor couldn’t be expected to manage a caseload of up to 75.
Then word hits the street of a new product that can make you feel almost like your first time… No wonder they come running. And some never wake up.