Should Heroin addicts be forced into treatment? As a father of an addict, I would say it some cases, a definite yes!, but that path is still finding its definition. In the article, Compelled Drug Addiction Treatment, you get a window in the that kind of thinking. We do have the skills to know who can benefit. Conventional wisdom may work fine for easier cases.
Alcohol and Drug-Free Housing, a key strategy to breaking the cycle of addiction and recidivism, is an approach written and detailed by Susan Mandiberg and Richard Harris. This is a solid piece of research that outlines a workable path for the worst of addicts to get on board with recovery after detoxification. Please download this and read later. This is a pathway that is be part of a humane but compulsory treatment strategy. It would be based on modern screening techniques applied to addicts caught committing crimes or when those who simply ask. The old days of allowing addicts to abandon critical detox in the middle of an excruciating inhumane withdrawal seemed to be something designed to assure failure. It was a mystery to me why my son’s insurance company would only pay for detox if was quick and painful. Read the rest of this entry »