Rhythms of despair

Provide poor/inadequate abstinence-oriented treatment ==>

Poor prognosis: client fails ==>

Conclusion: these people can’t recover ==>

Organize treatment system and research around belief that addicts won’t recover ==>

Public and helpers despair at the impotence of the system ==>

They look to research for answers, but research is organized around the assumption that addicts can’t recover ==>

They reject the treatment system and the addict:

Street drugs are a lifestyle choice. Being a taxpayer is not; and it is harder to be tolerant of the rotten choices of others when one’s hard-earned money is spent subsidizing them long-term.