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Sunday, August 18, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Shawn Vestal: Treatment is everyone’s favorite solution, but it’s not so simple

new Often, when social issues become politicized – whether it’s homelessness in Spokane or gun violence nationwide – there is a brief, urgent flare of interest in “treatment” as a solution. Treatment for addicts. Treatment for the mentally ill. Sounds good. Makes sense. And it’s too simplistic by half, because the scope and complexity of the problem dwarfs the available resources and, with addiction in particular, there is the stubborn problem at the heart of recovery known as human motivation.

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