Should she have gone to rehab?
|"Rehab video" Winehouse|
It's assumed that addictions and mental health treatment require willpower and motivation to get better and that the ultimate in care is choosing to seek residential treatment: rehab. I remain skeptical of both ideas. I think it is worth asking whether "rehab" works as a treatment or is simply a resuscitation and even a way to keep the cycle of recovery and relapse active. I sincerely question whether willpower and motivation should be the price of admission to good care.
"Does overcoming addiction really depend on a person's decision and willpower to do so?"
"It's a complete myth. And it's one of the myths that has to be dispelled. One of the presumed tragedies of Amy Winehouse,—if this turns out to be related to drug and alcohol use—is that she didn't want to go to rehab. But rehab might not have been necessary. Maybe medical treatment from a personal doctor would have been an option.
The key to addiction treatment is that anyone who wants treatment gets effective treatment. And it doesn't depend on any power—higher power, lower power, willpower. It takes the level of compliance of anyone going to a doctor to get checked out.
When people realize it might be possible to get treatment without superhuman power, maybe it will make people want to seek treatment. It's a message of hope."
Another good piece on the medicine of addiction and changing professional approaches.