The Swiss Cheese Model of Drug Addiction

The Swiss Cheese Model of Drug Addiction
Sep 12, 2014
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA/NIH)

Dr. Robert Lefever

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There needs to be the choice that one wants to stop

Addiction: When You Fear It’s Just A Matter Of Time
November 1, 2011

Dr. Schneekloth: You know, well, ultimately there needs to be the choice that one wants to stop. But that’s often when the pressure increases to a point that there seem no alternatives.

…, but ultimately the decision needs to be made by the one with the addiction: Are they going to stop?

Now, some people can stop on their own. As a matter of fact, the majority of alcoholics stop, never receive addiction treatment, go on to do well. There are different types, though, and some have more severe forms of addiction and need multiple treatments.

… there are repeated exacerbations of the illness, that it comes back. And in the same way with addiction, relapse is often a part of it. Now, families can feel like that’s somehow a failure, but often one treatment builds on another and eventually leads, like Nicolas’ story, to ongoing recovery.