Well, we’re just at the end of the first full month of posting on Recovery Review. There’s been plenty of traffic with over 6000 pages viewed in May. I’m always interested to see what topics attract the most attention and thought you might be too. Interestingly, though I suppose not a huge surprise, the subjects are all contentious to some degree. See what you think – here are the top five addiction and recovery blogs.
- Why many in recovery are dying of addiction
This is elephant-in-the-room in addiction recovery communities and mutual aid meetings. This was head and shoulders the most-visited-and-linked-to blog of the month. It’s to do with dangerous desire. And what is the love that dare not speak its name? The taboo topic is the addiction of recovering people to nicotine. Half will die of it and nobody wants to go anywhere near tackling the tragically ironic fact that many in recovery will still die of addiction.
- Gabapentin abuse
Hovering just under the radar for many is the issue of gabapentin and pregabalin abuse. An anti-epileptic drug that is often used for pain control, it can cause euphoria and its abuse is being reported increasingly. GPs in Scotland raised the alert a while back, but despite this it is still being widely prescribed. Do we really have an epidemic of pain in drug and alcohol dependent patients, or do we need to take a look at how this gabapentin is used?
- The ten most important things known about addiction (part 1)
Professor Doug Sellman’s herculean attempt to distil all of the research about addiction down into ten key points. Part one tackles neurological and genetic elements of addiction, takes a look at the relationship between mental health and addiction and gives a rather gloomy view of prognosis which may say more about how we treat addiction than about addiction itself.
- A “good outcome” – addiction treatment clients want abstinence
In line with other research on the subject of what clients’ goals are when they come to treatment, this qualitative study from the well regarded Leeds Addiction Unit found that clients want abstinence. It’s not always what treatment providers think they want or are capable of and therefore not always what they get. Some would argue ‘not often’ what they get.
- Doctors with addictions – double standards?
I contrasted what addicted doctors get from treatment services and their outcomes with what their patients get. It touched a nerve with some and the point I was making rang true for others. Could we do better for our clients if we had the same high expectation and quality of treatment that doctors get? I think so.
Take another look and feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section.