Laws do not appear to deter addiction.
 Addicts more often than not terminate their addictions, usually without treatment.
 Addicts can often function reasonably well. Given the opportunity, many could contribute to society even while addicted.
 A double standard exists in regard to alcoholics. We do not normally force alcoholics into treatment or attempt to keep them from their drug. No pharmacological reason for this is evident.
 The views on addiction from Abraham Lincoln in 1842 and the modern iconoclasm of many in the "Peele school" raise interesting questions and show some parallels.
The views on addiction of Abraham Lincoln  in 1842 and the research of modern iconoclasts who share the views of Dr. Stanton Peele , raise questions about common assumptions and show some interesting parallels.
Brief extracts from "Addict In The Family; How To Cope With The Long Haul" by Dr. Andrew Byrne  (Medical Practitioner, Dependency Medicine, Australia) touch on the use of methadone  and other observations.
For more, see www.AddictInTheFamily.org