Even though this little NPR interview with two addiction experts had a promising title of interesting subjects, What Triggers Addiction? How Can It Be Broken?, it was light on details because of its brevity. Of course brevity was what attracted me to it in the first place and I still found it a thoughtful piece. They covered a subject near the end of the interview on “choice” that I found particularly interesting because it so closely paralleled my own thoughts on the subject. You can click on the streaming audio here to pull up the player in a new window.
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One issue they discussed that is a sore point with me is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM IV. The DSM IV is basically the encyclopedia of mental disorders used for diagnosis. Truthfully I didn’t disagree with anything the specialist said on this topic, it’s just that I feel some health professionals rely too heavily upon this resource. It’s purely anecdotal, but my concern is about patients in treatment for addiction, many who report being prescribed a wide variety of psychiatric medications on the basis of short surveys based off DSM IV with little if any actual interaction from a doctor. This one size fits all method of prescribing medications is the very reason many of these people are in treatment in the first place.
Like I said though, the interview is an interesting little piece that maybe can add to your recovery program for the weekend, give you a topic for a meeting (or a DSM IV rant for me), or worst case scenario bring about a nap.
And as always, please, everyone have a safe and sober weekend.