Treatment vs. Failure


Just a thought for the day. When a person goes into drug treatment, gets clean, but then has a relapse, its generally considered by most people to be a treatment failure. But if I person has high blood pressure, starts taking an anti hypertensive, gets their pressure under control, but then stops taking their meds and has high blood yet pressure again, the treatment was still considered a success, the failure was with the person. Point being, I think may people expect to be cured by going into rehab and fail to realize that drug treatment is a life long process of treatment, just like blood pressure. If you stop taking your “medicine”, you are going to relapse.

About ER Jedi

I’m a resident doctor in Emergency Medicine and I’ve learned during the past few years that 1) I’ve had some pretty amazing experiences 2) I have a very bad short-term memory. So this blog is just a place for me to write about some of these experiences, from the ER, medical school, the wards and life in general. At least that way I’ll have some idea as to where I’ve been all this time. A scrap-book of sorts, a place to vent, organize some clinical tools and post a few good songs I’ve heard along the way.

Posted on January 5, 2012, in Deep Thoughts, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I as a paranoid schizophrenic have not taken “medicine” for several years .
    care that increases the likelihood that people diagnosed with mental disorders will become chronically ill

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