Pubdate: Fri, 15 Jul 2011
Source: Vancouver Courier (CN BC)
Copyright: 2011 Vancouver Courier
Author: Donna Morgan


To the editor:

Re: "Home sick," July 8. I am not involved in addiction recovery in any way, but I can recognize shoddy journalism. Mark Hasiuk's thinly disguised opinion piece on addiction recovery services purported to show methadone and other types of supported recovery services do not work. Ignoring his own proclamations that some kind of success measures are needed, he promotes the Welcome Home program, despite the fact that it has only a handful of successful graduates and has not yet had any followup studies.

Even those at Welcome Home admit that fewer than half the people who
walk in the door stick with the program (Hasiuk doesn't give an exact
number). His evidence supporting Welcome Home comes from one recovered

Some people can quit smoking cold turkey. Some use the patch. Some
taper off. Most attempts fail, but most people, given the opportunity,
will try again. The one-size-fits-all mentally does not work-not for
tobacco nor other addictions.

A well-researched article on the need to offer better treatment
services as part of the "four pillars" approach (prevention,
treatment, harm reduction and enforcement) would be great to read. But
I am tired of Hasiuk's baseless rants against harm reduction. If
anyone had the perfect answer to dealing with addiction, we'd be using
it. It isn't the "abstain or die" model espoused by Hasiuk. I would
appreciate a more humanitarian and nuanced discussion of addiction and
treatment in the pages of the Courier.

Donna Morgan

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