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!
Substance Use Disorders don’t appear overnight. People who develop them may use for months or years or even decades before they seek help.
Shame always plays a role. Not just the shame of discovery, but the shame of having a problem in the first place.
Here was a physician who regularly committed an assortment of crimes without considering himself a criminal. To his way of thinking, he was the victim.
Most people don’t expect to have a criminal enterprise operating in public, under the guise of a community resource.
“If the patient takes them for other reasons, or even resells them on the street– well, nothing I can do about that. It’s the patient’s own fault.”
That’s not so different from any number of celebrities who’ve died of accidental overdose in the years since the War ended.
The FDA usually comes down on the side of protecting patient access, while the CDC favors greater restriction on availability.
We need the knowledge and skill to evaluate claims of effectiveness as medical treatments– for instance, to determine whether the research that supports that claim is solid, or if it’s unreliable.
Modern healthcare, for all its spectacular innovation, still lacks a genuinely safe, effective remedy for certain types of pain.