a reply to: ketsuko
I know it doesn't mean squat to you, but this is actually my professional practice experience. Helping addicts. Studying the psychology. The DSM.
Comorbidity. Neurosis. Anxiety, Depression, Schizophrenia - all of that -----
People get clean under their own power voluntarily without getting arrested. It does happen.
Yes, it does.
They get help and
go through rehab with support of loved ones.
Some do, yes.
Some don't. And in either case, the DRUG ABUSE is a symptom. It is self-medication. There are no "happy" drug addicts. People use drugs to help
them cope with things that are overwhelming, chronic, or to which their bodies have become addicted. Ten years ago, the standard of "intake" (when a
client first presents for treatment of any kind) was a stupid, complicated mess BECAUSE OF INSURANCE and ridiculous grant-making.
For example, there was a municipal tax grant that I got (I wrote the grant for the program, and was awarded the grant).
The program that had won the grant (a program I developed with line items of expenses, like a business proposal) was calculated by me (who designed
it) to be about $50,000 yearly. The PLAN that I wrote included general counseling ALONG WITH substance abuse issues. That would have INCLUDED
talking about 'the divorce', or the miscarriage, or the childhood rape....)
But, in the end, it was set up BY THE GRANTOR (the disburser of funds) so that the grant would only apply to my "discussion" OF THE SUBSTANCE ABUSE
with the client, and NOT discussion of the motivating cause. That was the GRANTOR'S decision....so, if I started talking to the client about their
divorce, that would have been "unpaid" (that was the way they controlled grant funds), according to them.
I spoke to the board of directors of our agency and explained to him (and the board, at a meeting), and he listened, and said, "Yeah. Like there are
any happy drug addicts." WHICH WAS MY POINT EXACTLY, so that was a successful meeting (never mind that later I discovered my program grant funds were
being used to pay the light bill......that's a whole nuther story).....(And yes, I reported that to the grantor's liaison when I discovered it.)
But anyway - it is important to understand that people use drugs for REASONS. It is those REASONS that have to be fixed, or all you have are people
who are suffering and NOT able to 'treat themselves'. Would you blame a cancer patient for taking chemo poisons?
Stop talking about what you don't know.
edit on 8/25/2015 by BuzzyWigs because: deets, deets, all in the deets! Oh, and grammar.