Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Older Addicts Will Stress the Health Care System

Peter R. Coleman, M.D.

My sister-in-law sent me an interesting article from England about how the authorities there are worried that all of the aging baby boomers who are still active addicts will be taxing on the health system.

This is an interesting article from a country and heath care system that often seems to treat addiction in a different way than we do here in the U.S. Doctors in England frequently put their opiate addicts on Methadone and sometimes this all the treatment they get. What struck me when I read the article was that if the addicts had gotten into a drug-free recovery,  their future heath care needs would have gone down - not up. The people I know who are clean and sober have a healthy lifestyle and they take good care of themselves. They are not a drain on other people or the health care system.  How will you live your life and recovery?  

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