Magazine article Addiction Professional

'Treatment' Alone Falls Short of Goal

Magazine article Addiction Professional

'Treatment' Alone Falls Short of Goal

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Treatment works as far as it reaches, because "it is an intervention," not an assurance that the mind, body or soul will be healed afterwards. What I believe has become the untruth is that alcoholism or drug addiction must be "treated" under the biomedical model, which is known to use hospitalization and/or medications. I believe that the concept of "treatment works" (January 2005 issue) appeals to the majority of society to negate the need for a wholesome responsibility for their high-risk behaviors, health and well-being.

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For example, although not related to alcoholism but perhaps addiction, there are great numbers of women and men who are having serious surgery to help them lose weight. The numbers that become depressed because of multiple problems following the surgery come to our mental health unit "upset that it didn't work"--even though they have lost lots of weight. The treatment did work--it's the daily life issues that the surgery didn't heal. …

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