Thinking About Addiction
A blog about anything related to addiction, treatment, or recovery, all the way from prevention to building recovery-friendly communities. We also welcome guest bloggers here!
…if this type of strategy didn’t succeed 30 years ago, what makes us think it’ll be a success this time around?
When they get sick with diseases related to substance use, they’ll avoid going to the doctor or hospital, until their illness is advanced and more extensive and expensive care is involved.
It’s the result of a problem in medicine that’s been going on since before I ever started working in the field. The drugs have changed, but the results haven’t.
We can’t predict in advance which user will turn out to be in which category, and frankly, neither can they.
I thought that blue ribbon commission did a pretty good job with its 60 recommendations, but I haven’t seen much subsequent action, have you?
As a former insurance VP once put it, you spend your day looking at spreadsheets, you forget there are real people out there depending on you.
…those users have fewer resources to pay for healthcare and legal problems that often result from more drinking. So who picks up the tab?
There are plenty of steps we could take, supported by research and common sense, that would produce measurable gains in a relatively short span.