Have you been involved in a discussion with someone who claims they know better than science and data? I think we all have.
I never wore a seat belt as a kid and I’m still alive.
My grandfather smoked and drank his whole life and lived until he was 103.
My sister beat cancer by thinking positive thoughts. You can do the same!
Whether online or in person, there are hundreds are scenarios where people think they know better than actual scientific data and research. When working in the field of addiction, it is critical to not fall into that same trap. Even if a chemical dependency professional works with clients where their own unique experience helped them, it does not mean it will work for the next client.
Science and data is helpful as it gives a professional a place to start. In order to fully implement methods into practice, the data and research must be understood. Once understood, a professional must also be aware of the limitations of said research and be open to new information as well.
Again, as I always say, chemical dependency professionals are the ones on the front line and it is crucial to find the right balance between science and the realization that alternative methods may better suit the person who struggles with addiction.