In addiction recovery, bigger isn’t always better
Regarding the Nov. 26 feature “Investors pour money into addiction treatment, but quality questions remain” (p. 22), this is an excellent article, but the idea that eliminating the “mom and pop” providers is a good thing is short-sighted. Larger medical groups may be how our economy operates, but the “treat and street” mentality of insurance providers will continue to leave out the necessary element of recovery support services, which are necessary long after a patient has been “dry” for a period of time.
The science simply isn’t there yet, and may never be, to “cure” someone from addiction. It is as much a psycho-social learned behavioral issue as it is a brain-wiring and genetic predisposition concern. Larger is not necessarily better, when it comes to addiction post-treatment recovery support solutions.
Jeffrey Lynne Beighley, Myrick, Udell & Lynne
Boca Raton, Fla.