Addiction and the Stages of Healing, Part 4: WHAT SHOULD IMPROVE, AND WHEN?

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?

Addiction and the Stages of Healing, Part 3: A CLEAR IMAGE

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

Addiction and the Stages of Healing, Part 2: GETTING WELL IS LONG; MEASURING IS SHORT

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