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Why Drug Rehab Is Outdated, Expensive, and Deadly

Why Drug Rehab Is Outdated, Expensive, and Deadly | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The U.S. will spend $40 billion this decade fighting addiction, yet little of it will be used on science-based treatment. Why do we deny medicine for addiction?
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This is an excellent call for a science and results driven approach to addiction. Far too much money and far too many lives have been sacrificed to the altar of the abstinence only approach. At the same time, while addiction is chemically driven and biological in nature, it also often reflects a failure of personal coping mechanisms. As with most mental health issues, the final best solution will probably include a mix of medication and interpersonal approaches. 
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The pseudo-science of Alcoholics Anonymous: There’s a better way to treat addiction

The pseudo-science of Alcoholics Anonymous: There’s a better way to treat addiction | Upsetment | Scoop.it
AA and rehab culture have shockingly low success rates, and made it impossible to have real debate about addiction
Kenneth Weene's insight:

What is the appropriate outcome measure with which to evaluate AA? Assuredly if we use absence of drinking, then the success rate is very low. If we use rate of substance use or number of days without substance use, the data looks much better. However, it is important that we keep looking for better methods of treatment and continue to use a wide spectrum of methods.

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