Honesty: The First Step In Addiction Intervention

Are you always honest with your doctor?

There have been a number of news articles lately that deal with how honest the average patient is with their primary care physician (PCP).  For whatever reason, many news agencies are now quoting results of a survey conducted in 2010 by General Electric, the Cleveland Clinic and Ochsner Health System which highlights that 28% of Americans admit that they lie to their physician. Of course, many of the lies may very well be those of omission. For example, if the doctor does not probe about the number of alcoholic drinks the patient has over the course of one week, then the patient might omit this information altogether. According to a recent CBS Morning News Saturday feature “patients’ most dangerous lies involve taking medications and herbal remedies, smoking, drinking, dieting and exercising.”

Lying to your doctor could be dangerous to your already fragile physical or emotional condition

This past week CBS News medical contributor, Dr. Holly Phillips appeared on CBS Morning News Saturday to discuss in more detail as to why we are not always honest with our health care providers.

If you are having trouble viewing the video, you can see it here.

How does honesty impact an alcoholism or addiction intervention?

Many studies have shown that the key reason people lie to their physicians is that they don’t want to be judged and they don’t want to hear a sermon. More often than not a person who suffers from the disease of addiction also avoids being honest with their family members, their co-workers, their employer, their attorney, the court system, because they are afraid of being judged. For that matter, many of the addict’s closest significant family members are afraid to seek help for their loved one, because they, too, are afraid of being judged.

Taking that first step in getting honest can be the most important step. Seeking help for someone with an addiction is one of the healthiest
decisions you can make for yourself and for your loved one. Like many
challenges in life, you were not meant to face this alone – an intervention is a
road map to how you can spark help and hope for you and the one suffering
from alcoholism and addiction through initiating an intervention and
drug treatment.

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