The Beat Goes On

The government continues its war on drugs. The latest: Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick issued a survey to find out what role the government should have in the opioid epidemic. In Bucks County, PA last year, 117 died from overdosing on dope, as reported in

The government’s war on drugs has been as pathetic as the war in Vietnam, with policies as lame as President LBJ’s handling of the Vietnam “war.”

The beat goes on. Drums keep pounding a dysfunctional rhythm to the brain. La Dee La T Dee, La Dee La Dee Dah…

For sure, drug abuse is sad, and people are hurting, but we are going about it fighting the wrong way. They certainly need help.

“This bill acknowledges that drug abuse is a disease, and cannot be solved by arrests alone,” the article reports. I agree the problem cannot be solved by arrests alone, but it is not exactly a disease.

“The disease model of addiction describes an addiction as a disease with biological, neurological, genetic, and environmental sources of origin.[1] The traditional medical model of disease requires only that an abnormal condition be present that causes discomfort, dysfunction, or distress to the individual afflicted. The contemporary medical model attributes addiction, in part, to changes in the brain‘s mesolimbic pathway.[2] The medical model also takes into consideration that such disease may be the result of other biological, psychological or sociological entities despite an incomplete understanding of the mechanisms of these entities.”-Wikipedia

Wikipedia also discusses the problem with calling “addiction” a disease:  “Critics of the disease model, particularly those who subscribe to the life-process model of addiction argue that labeling people as addicts keeps them from developing self-control and stigmatizes them.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. A disease, such as bronchitis can be treated with medication and by stopping smoking. It also can be prevented by not inhaling tobacco smoke, dust, or other pollutants.

When I was in the Navy, a guy was being silly and asked me “why do they call it dope?” I told him it was because guys like him did it. He didn’t, but I just wanted to be a wise guy.

Seriously, doing dope is a dumb thing to do. As former first lady Nancy Reagan said “Just say no.” (to drugs).

Mrs. Reagan’s remedy may sound over simplistic, but that’s the bottom line. Certainly, people with a substance abuse problem need understanding and counseling and need to get to the root of the problem. But when you start with the premise “addiction is a disease”, as that dink in blue scrubs and stethoscope who comes on the TV to hawk a drug abuse treatment center Augustly states, by calling the problem a disease, you are absolving the person with a substance problem of responsibility.

We all do dumb things, myself included. But you have to deal with problems the right way.

The 12 Steps Program which is used in programs for people with problems, works! The first step is to admit that you have a problem, which is a result of a character flaw, and that you need a higher power to better manage your life. That higher power is God.

The 12 Steps Program grew out of Alcoholics Anonymous. Back in 1949, more than 90 percent of alcohol rehabilitation treatment centers used the principles of the 12 Steps Program. More than 30 percent of AA’s referrals came from these centers.

A business executive back in 1931 was treated by psychiatrist Carl Jung for a year. He stopped abusing alcohol, but soon after he finished treatment with Dr. Jung, he went back on the bottle.  When the executive returned to the doc for treatment, Dr. Jung said he could not help him and that his problem was hopeless, except, he may find hope by experiencing a spiritual conversion with a religious group. This what the 12 Steps Program is.

I’m a great believer in the 12 Steps Program. It’s helped me deal with problems other than substance abuse. It’s not instant, like the faith healing of Reverend Ernest “I’ve got your condition in my vision”  Angley.

It takes time to heal, but, if you submit yourself to the program and God, doing things His way, you will be delivered from the slavery of sin.

“You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.” – Romans 6:18