Phoenix House recently spoke with Benjamin Nordstrom, M.D., Ph.D., its new d Medical Director for Program Development, about misunderstandings about addiction treatment, how it’s changed, and what people considering treatment need to know.
Trainwreck’s treatment of binge drinking and pot smoking is reminiscent of the “happy drunk” portrayals of yesteryear. How edgy is that? Answer: not very.
The summer I was 16, I went through a very traumatizing experience, and I completely shut down. This is when drinking became a regular part of my life. Eventually, I started intense outpatient treatment. It wasn’t what I wanted, but what I needed.
For Greg, who first drank as an altar boy at age 9, alcohol was both a refuge and fuel for his ego. Years later, after losing his job, license, marriage, and almost his life, Greg finally found Phoenix House and a willingness to truly change.
What should a caring parent say when asked, “Would you rather your child smoke pot or drink alcohol?”