Elon Musk said, “I am trying to think of the future and not be sad”
That is how I felt when I used to think about the current state of available treatment for people that are afflicted with a substance abuse disorder.
Regretfully, there was nothing to not feel sad about.
The current system is broken. And too many good and valuable people were misdiagnosed and subjected to inappropriate treatment, which resulted in perpetual relapses and even premature and unnecessary death.
Hence the need for an operation that dealt with the root cause of addiction, now better known as a substance abuse disorder, was firmly entrenched. Then we had to design a programme, that was essentially and critically a non-punitive approach to recovery.