I know I can't be the only ACOA here. How many know about the elephant in the living room? The thing that exists and everyone knows about, but pretends doesn't exist?
Well, I'm concerned that there's an attitude on this board that one thing that doesn't exist among normal, healthy people like us is drug abuse and addiction. Although we are a population as a whole where a small percentage will be expected to succumb to this terrible disease, it is something that just isn't mentioned.
It is the one thing doctors are never right about. If someone comes and says their doctor mentioned it, a board member is not allowed to agree with the doctor. Even if many doctors have labeled a person, the assumption is that if the person doesn't think they have a drug abuse issue, then they must not have one.
If new people post with "red flags" for drug abuse, they are often shunned rather than directed to support.
Given that a small percentage (yes, small, but still there) of people in pain management will develop drug abuse issues, should the mods not develop a policy regarding this issue?
Also, could recognizing abuse be something suggested to the owners as a topic of future articles?
I don't know. All I know is that I saw an opportunity for someone to get help lost because "being nice" was seen as not compatible with trying to help them recognize abuse patterns. I know that although we would never question a doctor who says "You have a herniated disk," I got my first ever warning on this site for agreeing with a person's doctor when they were diagnosed with a drug abuse problem because I "called him an addict."
To me a lot of that comes from a basic belief that people like us don't abuse drugs. That there is something to be ashamed of in having this disease.