I just came across this article and thought it was great. It is short and to the point and tells the reality of addiction treatment in the USA. I do not live in America at the moment but have done in the past, and still have close family there as well as many friends so I do feel it is fair for me to add comments about it.
The article on the examiner questions the standard of treatment and points out that the traditional 12 step model from AA does not have the greatest results. I think it is good that this type of article is being published around the Christmas holiday period as many are thinking about trying to change things in the New Year. I saw many join AA at this time, but it may not be the best choice for many, and many simply walk away from recovery after a few meetings. It is important to get the message out to those at this time of the year.
Here is a small extract.
“Ninety percent of those who enter addiction-treatment programs in the U.S. don’t receive evidence-based and specialized treatment. Instead, they mostly get “treatments” rooted in the view that addicts are weak and narcissistic, and therefore, if ever they’ll stop their destructive and self-destructive behavior. The 12-step system, although effective, may not have everything for everybody. Instead, many addicts relapse, unable to make the step system stick, and are then left with not other options. They find themselves in the revolving door of rehab and prison with no other alternatives. (D Sheff, Time Magazine)”
There are other good pieces that are linked on the page so well worth a look