As a response to the original post “Should Addicts Be Forced Into 12-Step Rehab Programs?”
Author: Trevor Butterworth – URL: http://thestatsblog.wordpress.com/2007/11/28/should-addicts-be-forced-into-12-step-rehab-programs/
“For some persons the remedy should be merely prescribed; in the case of others, it should be forced down their throats.” — Seneca: Letter 27 – On the Good which Abides
NO REMEDIES have to be forced down the throat of HUMANS unless the case involves an emergency situation (e.g., activated charcoal administered through a nasogastric tube in a patient seriously intoxicated with organophosphates).
Treatments have to be sought by a patient willing to receive medical treatment for their condition (e.g., drug addiction).
Prescriptions (pharmacological or non-pharmacological) must be discussed with the patient.
Forced interventions such as forced psychiatric therapy (used sometimes to addict patients) is considered as torture by governmental (e.g, United Nations) and non-profit organizations (e.g., Mad in America). I also name It as torture: red or blue pill?
Let’s review the evidence about forced psychiatric treatment.
Ramirez, Jorge H (2015): Forced Psychiatric Treatment PubMed Database. figshare. http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1285539
There is no sufficient evidence to support 12-Step rehab programs as a safe and effective intervention for the treatment of addictions. Furthermore, the evidence supporting the use of forced treatments (i.e., coercion) is very limited.
There is also insufficient evidence supporting the routine use of drug testing (e.g., phosphatidylethanol – PEth).
Ramirez, Jorge H; Langan, Michael (2014): Drug testing database. figshare. http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1270272
“AA is Faith-Based, Not Evidence-Based” – Agreed.
No reason to force addicts into12-step rehab programs, it’s the same situation that forced psychiatric treatments: I name It as torture.