As a former ABJ reporter and someone close to the recovery community, I have to defend the paper…
Mary Davidson Ethridge
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Mary, thank you for chiming in! I’m glad to have another point of view here. While I disagree about what the problem *is*, I imagine that is how they’ve diagnosed it. To think the reason for the epidemic is a lack of long-term treatment is to assume, as I think they have, that there are few other viable paths to sobriety, which certainly isn’t true. While more long-term treatment wouldn’t be a bad thing at all, there are 600-700 people getting methadone outpatient every week at CHC. More recovering addicts getting help from Vivitrol. Others detox on their own. Recovery Court helps divert dozens of addicts into short term treatment options that work because it builds structure around them that can be long-term.

So, here is a worthwhile question for all of us: What are the roadblocks between addicts and recovery? There are Medicaid rules that make using what we have very difficult. So I have to challenge whether long-term treatment options is the problem. Likewise, I would challenge why, if that *is* indeed the problem, have they gone this route with the families vs. addicted loved ones?

There is a lot to learn by telling success stories. It’s identifying positive deviance. When something is working, what does it take to scale it or spread it? Finally, I don’t think law enforcement is clueless. But I don’t think this is a problem law enforcement can solve.

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