Until you walk a day in my shoes. Can healthcare providers really help someone with drug or alcohol addiction? You go to the doctor for an ache or pain. Stomach problems and your throat hurts. Can healthcare help people with drug and alcohol addiction by giving them more drugs or even more alcohol? Do drugs really help you get off of drugs or is it just another addiction? They offer expensive help from a doctor, nurse, or counselor right. If they have not ever had addiction or a problem with alcohol how can they truly help? They must know what they are doing right? They went to medical school. Are you hurt or full of disease? Lol no you have an addiction. I'm not sure that there is comfort or relief from addiction in more drugs. Trading one for another. I don't know. I figure the only way to really be capable of helping someone is to have walked in their shoes.