Finally, the requirement for treatment of drug abuse is becoming rational. It is leaving behind the myth all addictions must be treated by succombing to a “higher power”. In the U. S. the so called higher power has been almost exculsively the Christian god.
This case was about constitutional rights. But, data shows the higher power never was required for success, even though many attribute it to their personal success.
These myths about the necessity of religion in various circumstances are hard to stamp out. An existing military policy, unless it has been disgarded recently, says to be mentally fit for combat troops must be sufficiently religious.
Troops who did not respond enthusiastically enough to “do you know god” were tossed aside. This, in spite of large numbers of known atheists who have served well and remained mentally healthy afterwards.
The Constitutional problem in alcoholic treatment arises from court mandated treatment sentences. This is almost always to attend Alcoholics Anonymous. As everyone knows, AA treatment requires belief in the existence of a deity. In this case, the person did not recognize the existence of any deity and so refused the treatment required in the sentence.
We know alcoholism and other drug illnesses are under treated. As I understand it, we would save tax dollars by spending more public money preventing and healing this illness. There is not a direct path to health that works for everyone.
That’s why avoiding myths is important.