If your friend has taken the wrong turn on the highway, should you...
( Alert them as soon as possible so they can turn around, practice Tough Love: Keep your mouth shut and let them get lost, be late and/or run out of gas, or wait until l they have gone too far to turn back, then take away their license and insist they spend four months at an in-patient driver’s education facility?
The correct answer is "Alert them as soon as possible" because the course correction is faster, and there is a significant reduction in all potentially ancillary problems.
Years of research have proven that this same principle applies to course correction for people heading down the highway of problematic intoxication from alcohol and/or drugs. And yet most people, despite all proof to the contrary, cling tenaciously to the disastrous and disproved trinity of “Tough Love” “Let ‘em hit bottom” and “Get them into an inpatient rehab.”
Since 1996, the American Society of Addiction Medicine has recommended starting with the least intensive treatment. It turns out that ‘A word to the wise is sufficient,” but we often hold our tongues until the person to whom we are speaking is all out of wisdom!
In this week’s eBulletin you’ll get linked to Dr. Mark Willenbring, former director of the Treatment and Recovery Research Division of NIAAA, describing how the vast majority of people who could benefit from help don't get it, in part because the system is designed to treat the most severe problems, while the culture dictates waiting until someone "hits bottom."
We will also be challenged by the nagging question posed by William Cope Moyers: What is Recovery?
EXAMPLE: Bill Wilson stopped drinking in 1934 and never drank again. This co-founder of AA died as a direct result of his nicotine addiction, was a serial adulterer, and had a very complicated “post drinking” life. There's no doubt that as an alcoholic who never drank again, he inspired many others to reclaim their lives. Was he in recovery or not? And who decides?
There is no debate on the brilliance and savvy of Wells Fargo in sponsoring the Reel Recovery Film Festival, the inebriation of he man found clutching a burrito, Lindsay Lohan’s recovery bargain, and even more news on why smoking may not be good for you – despite some claiming the “the jury is still out” – you know, like with evolution.
Oh, and the big question of the week: is it a violation of medical ethics for doctors to tell the cops they found meth in your body cavity while doing surgery?
Read on ….more news you can use, and opinions that won’t drive you to drink…