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!
This is the sort of reasoning that leads unthinking legislators to chop funds for substance abuse services whenever there’s a budget shortfall on the horizon. It’s not based on return on investment from treatment, which research demonstrates is phenomenal.
The experience of addicts and alcoholics, particularly at the lower end of the socioeconomic scale, makes it clear that we could use more inpatient resources, not fewer.
They don’t advertise themselves as PTSD docs; they’re pot docs. Little or no mention of treatment associated with the prescription.
The notorious revolving door wasn’t entirely due to the patient’s desire to avoid change– the hospital couldn’t get them out the front door fast enough.
Alcoholism has been around for nine or ten thousand years, but most of what science understands of brain function is less than eighty years old.
Big investors are… interested in buying low and selling high, in driving up the share price so they can turn around and place bets on how fast it will go down once the bad publicity hits.
Mood and motivation are, of course, a big part of the discomfort associated with having chronic pain.
Diversion to abuse has been significant. Currently methadone represents only some two percent of all opioid prescriptions, but it’s been implicated in an astounding one-third of all opioid fatalities.
Both sides present arguments, and for the most part, those arguments depend on the separation of spirituality from religion.