Clare Waismann of the Waismann Method has a piece published on Healthcare News on whether or not to label people as “addicts”. Here is an excerpt:
Despite an estimated 23.5 million people needing treatment for substance abuse in 2009, only 11.2% of these individuals actually got treatment at a special facility, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The reasons for this are multifaceted. Access to treatment is limited, and many drug rehab centers offer inadequate services that do not effectively treat drug addiction. Additionally, many of these rehab facilities use the term “addict” to describe the individuals they proclaim to help. Moving away from the term “addict” can help effective drug rehabilitation facilities provide a more caring, compassionate quality of care.
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