Topic: getting help
Money is a tool that allows some to delay the inevitable. They construct a protective bubble that minimizes the risk of getting caught and the other consequences that follow addiction.
This isn’t a problem a physician can deal with comfortably in the context of a 12-15 minute office visit.
Our healthcare system supports more and in some cases better treatment based on the ability to pay for it.
The terms of agreement that emerge from an intervention must be the right terms, likely to result in success and amenable to all parties.
If by chance the patient didn’t fit the physician’s preconception of an addict– he or she was a respected member of the community, for example– then the doctor often fell into the enabler role.
Experience tells us that almost all of the wide variety of treatment strategies and models are around because they work well for someone.
Families often think it’s the addict or alcoholic’s emotions that need to be overcome to succeed. But in fact, we need to start by dealing with our own feelings.
The behaviors of alcoholics and addicts are so predictable because the disease follows a certain progression.
By the time the family gets around to taking action, conditions in the addict’s life have already reached the point where there’s a certain incentive to change.
if some members of your team have become hesitant, mired in doubt, lost their motivation– then you want the professional with you.