Presbyterian Healthcare Services is taking a new approach to working with patients whose health is affected by substance abuse that has become part of their lives.
Dr. Daniel Duhigg, an addiction psychiatrist and Presbyterian’s clinical program medical director of behavioral health, says the decades-old approach of stigmatizing and punishing people because of their addictions isn’t helpful.
“It clearly has not worked. Putting people in prison doesn’t get them any closer to improvement,” Duhigg said.
The Substance Use Disorder and Community Collaborative initiative started in May 2017 approaches addiction in the same way other diseases, like diabetes or heart problems, with scientifically evaluated treatment.”We are working thoughtfully and diligently to have as much compassion as possible to overcome a history of a culture of stigmatizing people who live with this illness,” said Duhigg.