Doctor Feel Good? Are doctors drugging or medicating?

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You have read the blogs and seen the placards a dozen times: doctors prescribe too many “drugs” for too many patients. Psychiatrists, in particular, are popular targets of politically motivated language that seeks to conflate the words “medication” and “drug”—thereby tapping into the public’s understandable fears concerning “drug abuse” and its need to carry out a “War on Drugs.” Misleading radio ads promise “drug-free” treatment of panic disorder (certainly possible, but not always achievable) and the Internet bristles with the phrase, “psychiatric drugging.” (My Google search pulled up 9310 results.) And, all too predictably, any physician who argues that psychotropic medication is often an effective and lifesaving intervention is hustled off to the perp line of “drug-company shills.”

All this will not surprise students of language, history, and philosophy. Those who control language are well positioned to control thought and behavior. If government officials can persuade the public that killing innocent civilians is merely “collateral damage,” they have gone a long way toward justifying the carpet-bombing of a village. If the forces of antipsychiatry—and they are alive and well—can persuade the public that psychiatry is “drugging” people, they have gone a long way toward marginalizing and discrediting the profession. To understand how powerful the words “drug” and “drugging” are, imagine the feckless campaign that would be waged if the perennial protesters in front of the American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting carried signs that read, “Psychiatrists: Stop Medicating Your Patients!

Is this all merely a matter of “semantics” or—in the parlance of postmodernism—“competing narratives”? Is there any scientific reason to distinguish “drugs” from “medications”? And finally, what are our ethical obligations as healers when medication is administered, either voluntarily or involuntarily?

There is, of course, a qualified scientific case to be made against overuse of some psychotropic medications. In the first place, we have far too many medications that employ the same old mechanism of action, with only modest efficacy, and too many unacceptable adverse effects. The so-called atypical antipsychotics (AAPs) are good examples. With the exception of clozapine—and possibly risperidone and olanzapine, according to a meta-analysis—the AAPs are not substantially more effective than the first-generation neuroleptics.1 Meta-analyses, of course, must be viewed cautiously, since the studies that compose them may be flawed or biased, and unpublished “negative” studies may be excluded, as my colleague S. Nassir Ghaemi, MD, has pointed out.2 Thankfully, decreased rates of tardive dyskinesia with the AAPs are a bright spot in this otherwise dour assessment, and this is no trivial gain.

Nonetheless, the metabolic adverse effects of the AAPs (weight gain, lipid and glucose dysregulation, and so on) are substantial problems and call into question the goal of expanding the labeled “nonpsychotic” indications for these medications.3 We sorely need to escape from the “D2–5-HT2–me too” paradigm—antipsychotics that block mainly dopamine-2 and various serotonin receptors—and uncover more fundamental mechanisms of antipsychotic action. Critics of psychiatry are indeed justifiably skeptical regarding “Big Pharma’s” concerted efforts to expand the use of AAPs to the treatment of nonpsychotic conditions, for which effective and better-tolerated medications are already available. And yes—many of these same critics are quite properly alarmed at the decreasing use of psychotherapy in psychiatric practice.4


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Intervention: Go ahead and mind somebody’s business

In days past, it was commonly thought that a substance abuser had to want help before help would do any good. Today, we know better. We understand that just warning someone to stop using drugs for their own good does little to actually make them stop. Threats don’t often work either. Since the substance abuser really doesn’t have a choice, they simply become more deceptive about using their substance.

 However, interventions, especially those conducted by a trained interventionist, are quite successful in convincing those who are abusing either alcohol or drugs to seek the help that they so desperately need and that they would otherwise turn away from.

In an intervention, the substance abuser is approached by a group of people who are concerned about this person’s well being. Notice that I did not use the word confronted. A confrontation is exactly what a properly conducted intervention is trying to avoid. Of course those who participate in the intervention must absolutely not be current substance abusers themselves.

 Usually, the group consists of between three and five people. Each of these people must understand that addiction is a disease that has an impact on normal willpower. They must realize that the substance abuser has a finely honed set of defense mechanisms. They must also know that the substance abuser is unable to understand the true and ultimate consequences of their actions.

During the intervention, each person takes their turn to tell the addict how their substance abuse has adversely affected their personal relationship. While avoiding generalizations such as, “You drink too much,” each item should describe specific events when the abusers’ actions have led to problems. The person speaking should have been a first hand witness or participant in the incident and each incident should be described in unsparing detail.

Nevertheless most “civilian” interventions fail or break down because all of the parties are a little too close to the subject. Almost from the very beginning, the addict senses that he or she is being ganged up on. Their defense mechanisms begin to be raised. As this happens, those who are performing the intervention often become frustrated and their remarks become more and more accusatory. The addicts defense mechanisms become more and more entrenched, the communication breaks down and the intervention fails.

However, interventions are most successful when they are conducted by someone who is trained in the art. This person acts as a facilitator. Through their experience, they are able to help the group prepare their comments in advance. They know the kinds of statements that will move the intervention to a successful conclusion, and they know the “buzz words” and phrases that will result in failure.

The professional interventionist can see when the intervention is headed in the wrong direction and they know how to get it back on track without offending any of the parties involved. This ability to essentially referee the intervention and take the necessary steps to direct it to a successful conclusion is the reason that they so often succeed.

At The Wits Inn, in San Juan Capistrano & Palm Springs, CA, we have a staff of trained interventionists who are able travel anywhere in the country in order to provide the proper guidance necessary to conduct a successful intervention. We also have a full range of inpatient and outpatient services available for those who are ready to seek treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. For a free and confidential interview, please call us at 949-292-2000 or 749-653-1515. You may also visit our web site at and

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Please don’t wait until “they gets ready to get help.”  They may very well never get ready on their own.  That was an old way of thinking – believing that a person had to get ready to get help.  Once a person is locked into addiction, they become unable to process thoughts effectively.  They are most often caught up in the pain of re-thinking the same thoughts of negativity over and over again for years and years, which spirals them deeper and deeper into hopelessness, resentment, & despair.  Intervention raises the bottom, which means make this time now, is the bottom, stop, and don’t let them have to dig any deeper.  In letting them to “hit bottom on their own,” the results manifest as jails, institutions, or death.  The question becomes, ‘Is your family willing to let them sink that low,’ or do you want to use the therapeutic tool of intervention; and present them with the opportunity to improve the quality of life today?  

Thank you for your interest in our services.  As a person with over 22 years of personal recovery, and 20 years as a certified addiction counselor, I can assure you that a life free from chemical dependency is possible and achievable – No matter how grave the current situation.
Utilizing a qualified interventionist’s experience, strength and hope can be the cornerstone to changing a life of darkness and despair – to one of newfound hopes and dreams.
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1. What is an intervention? An intervention is attempt by family members and friends to help a chemically dependent person get help for his/her problem. These interventions are usually successful and often go onto a drug and alcohol treatment program and learn how to live life without the use of these substances. The purpose of interventions is to get substance abusers out of denial and show them the ways in which their disease is affecting the people they love the most. With the help of an intervention specialist and loved ones, the intervention process does not have to be painful, but can be the beginning of a new way of living for all those involved.
2. Do interventions work? It is believed that interventions have a 95-98% success rate when done under the guidance and supervision of a licensed intervention specialist and with the help of other people close to the individual needing the intervention. In some sense, interventions are very successful because although drugs and alcohol have essentially taken over a person’s life, it is still hard for the abuser to be confronted with his/her own behavior and know how it has affected others.
3. Does the drug or alcohol abuser have to be ready to get help? The straight answer to this question is no, the abuser does not have to be willing to get help, however successful interventions occur when there have been significant repercussions as a result of the person’s drinking or using. These events and occurrences can be used to show the chemically dependent person the ways in which life has become unmanageable.
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