Is there a “right” way to Recovery?

“Why in the heck did you tell Frankie to go to the doc? He isn’t sick — he’s a drunk and needs to get his ass to a meeting,” Joseph said to me after he learned that I had referred a cousin of his, Frankie, to a medical doctor to discuss either Acamprosate or Narcan (Vivitrol) as an adjunctive to treatment for his alcohol dependence.  See, Joseph has been sober for five (5) years and found great support through the AA community.  I am grateful that Joseph found sobriety and that AA was useful.  However, Frankie tried AA and just simply didn’t like it.  He was uncomfortable in meetings and felt that he wasn’t a good fit for AA.  He came to me for a consultation and assessment and in talking with him; I felt that he was a good candidate for pharmacological intervention.  Frankie took my advice and discussed…

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