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Archives for March, 2011

Addiction

Gratitude Deficiency

Since I don’t have much on my mind tonight, I’ll respond to a cleaned up comment from a reader:

I have been on opiates for about 15 years now. I’m 43 and I have been through hell and back again. I’m doing the Suboxone thing now.  It’s a little better than the methadone clinic; that place just wanted your money and they still treated you like a junkie with no hope .......
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Addiction

Better Is The Enemy Of Good

When I worked as an anesthesiologist, I noted that the more experienced surgeons worked by the principle that "better is the enemy of good." This principle became important during surgical cases involving critically ill patients undergoing long procedures, such as emergency surgery for bowel obstruction due to adhesions—a tedious surgery necessary when scar tissue entraps and blocks a loop of intestine.

At some point during that...
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Addiction

A Completely Different System

I’ve presented my case that addiction should be considered a disease, according to the definition of that term. I suggested that reservations some people hold against considering addiction a disease have to do with expectations of will power.  I suggested that such reservations are not fair, since the lack of will power is one of the core symptoms of addiction.

I described an example of how the medical...
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