Further evidence for this hypothesis comes from Drunk Driving programs. Drunk driving programs do NOT treat alcoholism despite the high number of alcoholics with chronic medical problems who are driving up the cost of medical care for all of us. Programs forbid their instructors from talking about alcoholism.
Drunk driving programs are focused on teaching you how to drink more and still not get a DUI. Thinks like designated driver programs and spacing your drinks so you can continue drinking, the more the better, and still not get a DUI.
It is possible with the expansion of health care we will get serious about treating addiction, alcoholism and mental health issues. I remain hopeful but skeptical. Past experience has made me that way.
Sorry to spoil your illusions. Drug treatment never was about the addict. But then you are not one of those people who believe in fairy tales like the tooth fairy or that food stamps are meant to reduce hunger are you?
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