Some observers have criticized us for orienting treatment methods to more severe cases, but that’s predominantly who we see in many forms of treatment.
There would presumably be a real advantage to a genetic profile that pinpointed those at special risk for alcoholism
The reality is that if we’d had to rely solely on the healthcare system, a lot of people who are in recovery today would simply never have made it.
An alcoholic can self-regulate consumption for periods given the support from a research project, but when that support ends, a return to previous behavior is likely.
It was never really about the job, or an article in Time, or anything except his own fervent desire to keep drinking and prove everyone else wrong.
There’s always someone who is convinced that with the right support, the right technique, they could once again drink socially.
And there’s no reliable way to tell whether addictive personality traits represent a cause or a result of addiction.
However necessary — and it is necessary — good acute care will never be enough to solve the problem of addictions.
By examining the models through which people view and deal with addiction, we can better understand how our society reacts to its continuing presence.