Treat: Don’t blame-Don’t shame

Posted on Friday, January 27th

“. . .empowering, empathetic treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational enhancement therapy, which nurture an internal willingness to change, work far better than the more traditional rehab approach of confronting denial and telling patients that they are powerless over their addiction.”   Maia Szalavitz

We’re about one month away from the first staged reading of, “Inside Job” a play about heroin addiction and loss. Heroin kills Abby and Will Mason’s son Wyatt. Their marriage is destroyed as they struggle to cope with the loss of their only child.

I recently had the opportunity to do an interview about the play on my hometown NPR station WHQR-FM. 

The host, Gina Gambony, asked me what I hoped the play would accomplish. I told her my overall goal was to raise public awareness of the heroin crisis. But the most important point I want to convey is that heroin addiction is not a moral failing or criminal intent; heroin addiction is a mental and physical disease, and should be treated as such. We need new thinking and it begins with treat: don’t blame — don’t shame.

I urge you to read Maia Szalavitz’s column above. And I have also posted a link to a short and long version of the interview.

As for the reading, more to come.