Editor’s Note: This is the fifth part of an ongoing series on what emergency physicians can do to combat the opioid epidemic.
Ideally, every patient would want to stop using drugs. Of course, if it were that easy, we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in now. Opioid addiction is much more complicated than that; changes in the frontal cortex and the hour-to-hour search for more dopamine to just feel normal lead to poor decisions and continued use.
So what do you do if your patient isn’t ready to go to treatment?