It makes little sense to criticize our “system” of mental health care, when it’s only a system in some places. In the national sense, it isn’t a system at all, and never has been.
Mike Golic, a former pro football player, was asked to recall his five best-ever performances. He couldn’t. “Ask me about my five worst games,” he countered.
The system here isn’t designed to help a sick addict get off (and stay off) alcohol and drugs. It’s designed to process people in accordance with the expectations of society.
Close to 20% reported being in recovery from one or more behavioral addictions – especially disordered eating, sex and love addiction, and self harm…
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.
Recovery-friendly communities encourage education, provide support for open communications, and reject assumptions that perpetuate stigma.
A model generally supersedes other models not because it is perfect in every respect, but because it seems to explain certain aspects better than its predecessors.
We’re competitive on price and have all the required services, but for some reason the award goes elsewhere.
It’s difficult to squeeze a lot of motivational work into the course of outpatient counseling. Clinicians are anxious to get to the behavior change part.