Non-medical treatments are essential


Love First linked to this article on the role of non-medical interventions in treating addiction.

I’m more and more convinced that the key to managing costs and improving outcomes for all chronic diseases are behavioral or lifestyle strategies. We’ve got a lot to learn about helping people make important changes in their lives that will help prevent relapses in cardiac care, joint replacements, weight loss, respiratory care, depression, etc. We’ve got even more to learn about helping people maintain these changes for decades.

Addiction treatment is ahead of the curve on a lot of this. We have a lot to offer the rest of medicine and I’m certain we’ll have a lot of opportunities to learn from their research and innovations.