CURRENT PRACTICAL PROBLEMS Hopefully it is clear by now that there are current practical problems in our field (including the context within our field); I would like to discuss those a bit. One major problem is that the length of the disorder is long and most care is short. Various key problems are secondary to … Continue reading Addiction and the Stages of Healing, Part 7: CURRENT PRACTICAL PROBLEMS; PRACTICAL EXAMPLES
In speaking with Bob Lynn6 about this idea, he stated, “A wound might be treated effectively, but the bruise only clears on its own, with time.” What he was getting at is that clinical care might focus on only one aspect of the problem, with a method that can merely control one part of the … Continue reading Addiction and the Stages of Healing, Part 6: WHOLE PERSON HEALING: THE PERSON, THE SYSTEM & RESEARCH
We take automobiles in for the lifetime of the vehicle. We have structural systems set up for vehicle care with no appointment necessary, and expert technicians with the knowledge of what to look for at that point in time, at that number of miles, at that appointment. We know the appointment will not take long, … Continue reading Addiction and the Stages of Healing, Part 5: “CARE FOR THE LIFETIME OF THE VEHICLE”
Consider these indicators: Total lung capacity?Inspiratory and expiratory volume (breath)?Dopamine production and function?Cognition and neurocognitive impairments?Abscesses and skin?Return of taste and smell?Gait, balance, strength?Anxiety, sleep, pain, wellbeing?Hope and self-efficacy. Are patients served by addiction professionals getting better, or not? I have been speaking rather frequently and thoroughly with someone about this basic idea. This person … Continue reading Addiction and the Stages of Healing, Part 4: WHAT SHOULD IMPROVE, AND WHEN?
I have been asked to represent the idea of Stages of Healing in the form of a picture diagram. This is the image I am currently using. What I mean to represent here is a (large/representative) norm-reference group of 10,000 people or more. This group would be evaluated prospectively across biological, psychological, social, and spiritual … Continue reading Addiction and the Stages of Healing, Part 3: A CLEAR IMAGE
Both problematic substance use and substance use disorders vary overall, and they vary widely – in terms of whether they present or not, and in their severity. But something that is clearly understood is addiction illness. Even though the current DSM (DSM-5) describes addiction illness in the narrative text fairly succinctly and sufficiently, and even … Continue reading Addiction and the Stages of Healing, Part 2: GETTING WELL IS LONG; MEASURING IS SHORT
Addiction and the Stages of Healing is the name I have given to an idea that occurred to me after many years of consideration. This series is meant to serve as my way of walking you through the idea. In short, I would like to suggest it would be helpful to have perhaps 10,000 or … Continue reading Addiction and the Stages of Healing, Part 1: OVERVIEW