32) Looking at Addiction


If someone walked into a hospital on crutches to receive treatment for a broken foot, the hospital would treat the broken foot, not take away the crutch. Dr. Adi Jaffe, a mental health, addiction, and stigma professional uses this analogy to describe how America views and treats addiction. 

Dr. Jaffe believes the root cause of addiction, the crutch, is mental health and it is the mind that needs healing. Rather too often people are labeled and shamed for their mental health struggles and default of substance abuse. Dr. Jaffe makes the point that in order to remedy this 40-60% relapse rate (within a year) of individuals with substance abuse problems, people truly need to practice moderation and seeking help for mental health issues.