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.
Treatment is a formative time for a recovering addict—the ideas that seem to save us end up staying with us.
A former national insurance exec observed that when you work in healthcare management, most of your day is spent looking at columns of numbers.
It may alter the nature of society’s challenges, and move them to other sectors of the economy, but I expect we’ll continue to have difficulties.
Those misconceptions are a principal reason so many Americans have become skeptical of the value of treating addictions at all.
“If you can’t measure something, you can’t do science with it, and in addictions, we just can’t measure things as well as we need to.”
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.
Few clinicians believed that street crack addicts could succeed as outpatients, but the demand for residential care was never fully met because of, you know, budget considerations.