Daniel, without controversy, we've got nothing to quibble about!
There's that mocking tone again, Daniel.
You seem to get a kick out of it. I'm just not sure that it's conducive of productive dialogue.
No, not really, but you are welcome to it.
Incidentally, when you are discussing things with Barry, you are interacting with someone with 'much greater expertise than mine.'
And if you hang around the forums long enough, you might learn that there is a whole spectrum between sugar-coating and ridiculing. Barry and I have often disagreed, but Id guess that he's never felt disrespected by me.
You're right. You received few comments. Make of that what you will. However, my feeling is that you completely misread the PT article. Yet, given your ROTFLing and idiot-calling, I am far from inclined to bother discussing it with you.
What if your plumber had simply underappreciated what was said to them and had unfortunately lost the humility to learn new lessons?
You are right, this is not a class. It is a forum. And you are new here.
I just re-read most of the Psychology Today article and would like to highlight this paragraph that I originally found troubling and upon a second review, I still find it troubling.
"Interestingly, both AA and the addiction treatment community as a whole realized this fact long before Alexander’s rat park experiment. In truth, the often parallel work of 12-step recovery programs and formalized addiction treatment programs — after the initial experience of detox — involves connecting the addict to other people. And not just any people, either. We’re talking about safe, supportive, reliable, empathetic people."
The author uses the "connecting addicts to other people" approach of AA and "the addiction treatment community" as support for his theory. Now, that logic would be valid IF and ONLY IF, those treatment approaches had a reasonable success rate, right? They do not! Ten percent long-term success (look it up) is generally reported and accepted.
So, no one else finds humor in the fact that a seeming nationally-recognized "expert" on addiction either doesn't know that, or is trying to pull the wool over the readers' eyes--by assuming most don't know the terrible track record of those failed approaches?
I rest my case.
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The part that I should have noticed earlier, but didn't, was that the author of the Psychology Today article, who uses the (failed) approaches of major rehab facilities as support for his flawed theory actually has set up and supervised many of those programs!
"Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S is Senior Vice President of National Clinical Development for Elements Behavioral Health. In this capacity, he has established and overseen addiction and mental health treatment programs for more than a dozen high-end treatment facilities including Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu and Los Angeles, The Ranch in rural Tennessee, and The Right Step in Texas."
So, he used his Psychology Today platform to provide more of a theoretical underpinning for the work he was already doing. Yet, his theory is flawed and if his explanation that addicts need more emotional connections were correct, then said rehab facilities and AA would have stellar track records! They do not!
I guess the magazine editors were just happy to add to the mainstream addiction services industry pack of lies. How sad!
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