What Heroin Addiction Tells Us About Changing Bad Habits : Shots - Health News : NPR
I remember Theodore Dalrymple citing the American soldiers returning from Vietnam who successfully kicked the heroin habit as a reason to not overly pander to heroin addicts who claim an inability to get off methadone. (My post about this is here.)
Well, this NPR article puts more flesh on the bones of the Vietnam vet story, and makes the point that researchers think it is the change of environment that makes all the difference.
This makes some sense, and also suggests a reason why urban addicts who are stuck in their domestic environment may well find it harder than returning soldiers to kick drug habits.
It also suggests why remote aboriginal communities with drugs problems look so hopeless.