Thursday, November 15, 2012

This is not my original entry in this blog.
It belongs to Dr. Mark  Willinbring from
Substance Matter, but I could not help it
including it here because it so much talks
to me about how patients ought to be
treated by professionals. Rather than the
forceful confrontational approach use by
many when things do not go they way
the professional wants (screw the patient
he is not important anyway)

Here is the beginning of it, and the link
for the rest of the post. He got way
ahead of me.


Living With Success and Failure in Treating Addiction

A number of my recent postings have focused on chronicity, treatment-resistant disease, and staying connected with people who are not doing well no matter what. These are important principles to me and to others who are dedicated to helping people with addictions overcome them if possible, but to continue to work with them if it is not. It is so important to talk about this, to advocate for this, because too often people who have addictions unresponsive to current treatment are condemned, abandoned by their families and friends in the guise of "tough love," prosecuted for crimes and imprisoned, unemployed and homeless because background checks reveal a criminal history. They deserve our care and compassion in spite of, indeed because of, their plight. This service is informed by our humility in the face of a difficult, complicated problem that too often defies effort, faith and science.