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Addiction Treatment Professionals Are Not the Gatekeepers of Recovery.

Humphreys K. Addiction Treatment Professionals Are Not the Gatekeepers of Recovery. Substance use & misuse. 2015 Jan 1; 50(8-9):1024-7.

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Addiction treatment is beneficial to many individuals who have substance use disorders. However, only a minority of individuals who recover from addiction receive it. Despite this, addiction treatment is sometimes granted the status of the "gatekeeper of recovery." The myth that treatment is necessary for recovery has no empirical support. It also undermines the confidence of individuals in their ability to change on their own and is unduly dismissive of the efforts of nonprofessional helpers.

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