Topic: types of treatment
The field is getting accustomed to patients arriving in addiction treatment complaining of problems with prescription opioids, stimulants, sedatives, etc, while actively enrolled in medical cannabis programs.
A new study may be exciting to read, but its credibility will ultimately depend on the accumulation of a body of evidence that confirms it.
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.
The goal is for patients to receive quality care regardless of where they happen to land in the treatment system.
If addiction really is a brain disorder based in complex adaptations to a substance, then who’s to say those adaptations won’t occur with a different drug?
That’s why I’d welcome more research into the tapering process, with an eye to improving success rates.
An answer such as vigorous exercise or meditation or going to a meeting will never be as universally attractive to someone a few weeks sober as “well, here, why don’t you toke this?”
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A shorter stay is cheaper and less disruptive to your life, but 90 day programs give you more time to master the skills of recovery.