By Irving Cohen
Examines the profile of the addict, the character of habit, and explains the curler coaster syndrome which can capture blameless humans. Too many folks have suffered needlessly at the curler coaster of habit. Dr. Cohen is aware that habit is a strong seize and hopes that individuals will realize that addicts are neither susceptible nor undesirable humans. they're simply those who underestimated the chance they have been dealing with.
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By this time, Jim had developed a pattern of misusing any medication he was given. It was inevitable that he would quickly try to increase his use of this drug, too. When he did, he found out first-hand that amphetamine use can lead to psychosis. Psychosis is a severe form of mental disorder characterized by a loss of contact with reality. " Jim endured a living hell, but this low point became the turning point in his life. His frightened wife had called the police to control him. The police followed normal procedures and brought him to the nearest hospital emergency room that had a psychiatrist on call.
Our understanding may enable us to view addiction as a disease, and then, see recovery as a very complex process. Innocent addicts may be treated as effectively as other addicts. However, there are few programs geared toward them. Their disease does not get much attention. Drug treatment programs are available in most cities, but the programs were really not available to patients such as Alice. Alice was not a threat to society; programs established to deal with patients viewed as a "threat to the fabric of our society" did not know what to do with her.
He was referring to legal, prescription medications and his point was that any physician prescribing a drug must fully understand and weigh the adverse risks to the patient against the potential benefits. The only drugs that were ever totally safe, he explained, were the fake or placebo drugs, used in an earlier era of medicine when it was acceptable to offer someone hope by pretending to treat them when no therapy was available. The very nature of drug therapy for any disease, he went on, meant that any drug powerful enough to be of some beneficial use must carry with it the potential for adverse consequences.