Previous Chapter Chapter 14: Addiction
Chapter 14: Addiction
The two cases in this chapter reflect my adoption of the use of the word addiction for the approximately 3% of the U.S. population who are physically and psychologically addicted (Esser et al., 2014). One individual has decided, “I’d rather die drinking.” The other individual has chosen abstinence.
I receive an emergency call from Julie, the wife of Dr. Conrad Park. I have seen this couple infrequently and periodically during 3 years. Dr. Park is a physician and a patriarch. He drinks too much, hides it, and denies it. Together, he and his wife have battled this problem for years. Julie tells me that he is drinking a lot more than usual and has gotten more aggressive and hostile; the ...