It’s an illness that at different times seems to respond to everything and nothing. As in ‘everything works for someone, and nothing works for everyone.’
Topics: bad information, depression, finding the right treatment, research
The addicted brain is unable to accurately evaluate the situation.
Topics: communication, defense mechanisms, opioids, recognizing addiction
This isn’t a problem a physician can deal with comfortably in the context of a 12-15 minute office visit.
Topics: getting help, opioids, prescription medications, recognizing addiction, research
It was as if he were speaking my story- different people, same ending.
Topics: consequences, family, recovery memoir
That’s the mystery: Not why some people become addicted to certain substances, but why others do not.
Topics: consequences, emotional issues, relapse
There’s a lag between the onset of an addictive disorder and arrival in treatment.
Topics: cannabis, diagnosis, recognizing addiction
He perceives it as gradual when in reality it’s progressing rather quickly.
Topics: defense mechanisms, recognizing addiction, recovery memoir
Treatment is a formative time for a recovering addict—the ideas that seem to save us end up staying with us.
Topics: 12Step, disease, tools for recovery
Rehab isn’t intended to effect a cure for someone’s addiction. We don’t have a cure for anybody’s addiction.
Topics: outcomes, relapse
The terms of agreement that emerge from an intervention must be the right terms, likely to result in success and amenable to all parties.
Topics: getting help, intervention, Intervention Series