Dying To Be Free is a powerful indictment of brain-dead addiction treatment

A long-form article in the huffingtonpost.com website, “Dying To Be Free” details the brain-dead treatment given to heroin addicts in state-sponsored programs in Kentucky: humiliation, “tear you down so we can build you up,” and an exclusive focus on abstinence. People leave with shining faces after months of inpatient care only to drop dead of an overdose days later. This is one of the most powerful powerful commentaries I’ve ever seen about the perils of using an ideology, not science, to guide treatment. It’s even further evidence that addiction is a brain disease and not primarily a moral or emotional failing. Highly recommended.


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