11 doctors weighed in:

Is support or punishment better for treating drug addiction?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Healthy support

" healthy" is the key word here.
The wrong kind of support such as enabling can make it worse. Too an addict who is not ready to change healthy support may feel like punishment. Punishment from consequences related to the addiction are sometimes what gets the addict in the door to then seek the support. But punishment alone does not "cure" the problem. Hope that helps? Not an easy answer.

In brief: Healthy support

" healthy" is the key word here.
The wrong kind of support such as enabling can make it worse. Too an addict who is not ready to change healthy support may feel like punishment. Punishment from consequences related to the addiction are sometimes what gets the addict in the door to then seek the support. But punishment alone does not "cure" the problem. Hope that helps? Not an easy answer.
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Dr. Jeff Blixt
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: For the addict or

...For you?

In brief: For the addict or

...For you?
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Daniel Cabot
Family Medicine

In brief: Don't punish

Support, without enabling or infantilizing is best.
If punishment worked, we would have fewer people in prison. Punishment only worsens their guilt and shame which makes them more likely to relapse. Make an appointment with a local chemical dependency counselor and he/she can discuss in more detail. If punishment worked, we would have cured alcoholism with Antabuse (disulfiram). But they continued to drink.

In brief: Don't punish

Support, without enabling or infantilizing is best.
If punishment worked, we would have fewer people in prison. Punishment only worsens their guilt and shame which makes them more likely to relapse. Make an appointment with a local chemical dependency counselor and he/she can discuss in more detail. If punishment worked, we would have cured alcoholism with Antabuse (disulfiram). But they continued to drink.
Dr. Daniel Cabot
Dr. Daniel Cabot
Thank
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