A 12-Step Program for Healthcare?

A 12-Step Program for Healthcare?

Addictions often stem from things that are meant to serve a valuable purpose (e.g., food, pain medication, etc.). But, with over-use or obsessive need…. despite negative consequences, addictions develop. Often, there is a desire to change circumstances, change actions to get better results and/or change to lead a more satisfying life. This change happens through the 12-steps of recovery. So, you’re probably wondering what any of this has to do with healthcare. Right? Does Healthcare Suffer from Addictions? Don’t get me wrong.  There are many good things that happen in healthcare. I’ve been involved in it for over 36 years, and have seen amazing healing, life-saving interventions and smiling patients.  Yet, I hear from family, friends and professionals in the field that there is a systemic void in care as it is experienced, failures along a number of fronts and a dire need for real change. This awareness leads me to the following questions.   Might valuable tools or practices be overly used to the point of blinding reasoning and practicality?  Is the experience of […]

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