Nonetheless, in most instances it’s an a priori resistance rooted in fear, rather than legitimate objections.
Too many doctors worry about “those people” showing up in the waiting room. They don’t particularly want to be known as a resource for the addicted.
…healthcare advocates have to work extra hard while proponents of a more punitive approach simply point to a crime committed by a drug user…
Nurses and doctors experience the same feelings about homeless alcoholics they see in the ER every Saturday night.
I fear they’re regular Americans, like some of us, except for their twisted attitudes and beliefs about addiction.
Having read the research, I’m confident it’s not just a matter of decision-making, or willpower, or even depression.
Shame always plays a role. Not just the shame of discovery, but the shame of having a problem in the first place.
There’s no shortage of stories among nurses and doctors about a friend or family member who went through treatment and relapsed, perhaps many times.
Having that particular label implies– the need to make a number of important changes in lifestyle that the patient frankly doesn’t feel like making.