From Nature: There is virtually no scientific evidence indicating that addiction is a disease of the brain. Yet, the disease model of addiction is used to justify egregious social injustices against marginalized groups of people.
Before chronicity there is no evidence of a brain disease in addiction, but after some time of use, the brain changes and the changes can be seen on today’s technology.
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Whose problem is the addiction? Those who have to pay the cost.
Those addicts who want to quit should be helped to quit, not punished further. Only in forgiveness can an addict reform. Giving addiction a disease designation can stop the guilt that addicts feel for succumbing to their bodies urges for drugs, as the bad feeling of guilt leads to MORE drug use.
After the addicts brain changes back to “normal” after it heals, they would no longer have the disease, and it would be up to freewill once again.
This came up as a reply, its not but I can’t fix it.
A courtroom suicide
LOWELL — Debra Silvestri slipped into the women’s bathroom at the district courthouse, pulling a plastic bag full of sedatives and antidepressants from her purse. Her lawyer had just told her the judge was thinking of sending her to a women’s prison because a court-ordered test showed she had been drinking.
For more than a year, the 55-year-old mother of three had come nearly every week to the Lowell Drug Court, a requirement of her probation following a 2012 drunken driving arrest. It was supposed to be a compassionate alternative for addicts such as Silvestri, a place that steered them away from jail and toward treatment.
But Silvestri had other problems that made drug court painful for her. She had struggled for years with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, once cutting her wrists and wandering the streets of Tewksbury, knocking on neighbors’ doors in the middle of the night.
Yet, court officials rarely asked Silvestri about her mental health. Instead, they focused on making sure she attended AA meetings, took random drug tests, and breathed into a machine that can detect alcohol use. Her life had turned into a succession of court-ordered deadlines that made her so anxious her hair had started falling out in clumps.
“I can’t take it anymore,” Silvestri often told family members.
A Long Island father blames the judicial system for his son’s fatal heroin overdose, claiming a program that allowed his son to avoid jail time by requiring him to abstain from methadone, a synthetic opioid commonly used by recovering addicts, drove him back to the drug.
Rudolf Lepolszki said his son, Robert, was just starting to seem like himself again. After years of heroin addiction, he was in a methadone treatment program and holding down a job as a salesman.
But a drug arrest from before 28-year-old Robert Lepolszki got clean would come back to haunt him.
The recovering addict landed in Nassau County’s Felony Treatment Court, a program that allows defendants to avoid jail and clear their criminal records if they stay out of trouble.
To be eligible, Judge Frank Gulotta, Jr., said Robert Lepolszki would have to give up methadone, the drug he’d credited with curbing his cravings and helping him stay off heroin.
Six months after entering the program, Lepolszki died from a heroin overdose. http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Methadone-Judge-Rule-Father-Blame-Lepolszki-Son-Overdose-Heroin-Addict-Ruling-I-Team-Investigation-273213211.html
The courts are constantly killing opiate addicts.
It kind of goes like this “I was weak and relapsed and am going to fail my drug test and go to jail so I guess now I will just get really high so I don’t have to think about this anymore”
And some take too much.
Poor Silvestri! They were punishing her for drunkenness (drunk driving is dangerous btw) but forcing her to live as an addict on those “good drugs.” Reminds me of how Bruce Levine condemns drug hypocrisy. A drug is a drug is a drug is a drug!
Abilify is comparable to heroin rather than penicillin or insulin. Penicillin kills harmful germs and bacteria. Insulin occurs naturally in the human body. But abilify and heroin “work” by overriding the brain’s normal functions and altering the natural brain chemistry.
Viewing Addiction as a Brain Disease Promotes Psychiatric Labeling and Drugging and its not worth it.
The courts vs biological psychiatry.
This is one of the most difficult lesser of 2 evils I have ever come across. Tough one.