Options, options, and more options for treatment… that’s what people need. If one treatment doesn’t work, they should be able to try another. And another. Until they find one that works. No treatment should be mandated, either by doctors or law enforcement.
And we should do away with the term “standard treatment.”
If AA works for you, then great! If anti-depressants work for you, fantastic! But both chronic pain patients and those who suffer from addiction need lots and lots of different (and affordable) treatment options — not more of the same (just packaged differently).