Our prisons are full of people who live in an unstable world of drugs. Arrests, jail, prison, probation, treatment, homelessness, unemployment are facts of life, not crises. People proclaim that drug addicts should be put into treatment for a disease rather than into prison. The disease model of addiction is considered an enlightened alternative to […]
The disease model of addiction helps some, but not all, people who suffer from uncontrolled problematic drug use. It helps those who believe in it. Further research and disputation on its validity is pointless.
We are having a “national discussion of racism” without mentioning that European men stole the land, water, and air from indigenous people of color before kidnapping African people of color.
Many County Courts are partnering with “nonprofit organizations” to provide “addictions treatment” to felons who would otherwise be sent to prison. The felons receive “evidence based” treatment that was conceived in the ideological belief that addiction is an incurable disease, and abstinence is the only conceivable treatment. Most drug-related offenders grow up learning life’s lessons in a […]
The disease model of addiction emerged more than half a century ago as an enlightened and compassionate alternative to the judgmental view that addicts are morally deficient. The Hazelden–Betty Ford foundation described the plight of addicts in the bad old days before Hazelden’s founders “invented modern addictions treatment.” Imagine for a moment that it is […]
Addictions counselors gained turf in the mental health field in the late 1970s through the 80s. They identified themselves as recovering addicts who had been saved by twelve step programs. They fought for professional status and third party payment, claiming they were the only practitioners who could save the lives of people who were suffering […]
We have wasted a lot of money conducting science-based research to see if it’s a good idea for health-care workers to be able to give clean needles to people who inject drugs. The US Department of Health and Human Services opened the money spigot to the research industrial complex by prohibiting the use of federal […]
Someone said crack is better than coke because with coke you had to keep hitting it, and with crack you take a hit and you’re good. So what does good mean? I’m a total lightweight. To me good is — yeah good, I do a drug, slide a while, and settle down for bed. But […]