“”Determinants and problematic consequences of drug dependence may be biological, psychological or social, and usually interact””
– from the World Health Organisation definition of drug dependence.
“”Determinants and problematic consequences of drug dependence may be psychological, social, possibly biological and interactions””
-edited from the mind of me.
Please read Australian Stuart McMillens summary of the the post-Rat Park research of Bruce Alexander a little.
I was busy with life and doing things. I was busy as all hell – making ends meet, keeping car on the road, preparing for a family member to come back to New Zealand and spend some time with. I was a little too busy as it happens. Complicated things like doing work, avoiding police, keeping car running… All everyday things. Luckily I have been running big, large and small drugs habits for 25 years, so at least that side of my life is “normal and easy”. Hahahahahahah. Wouldn’t be that causing problems, it is the car or the annoying way people don’t pay up front for thousands of dollars worth of work so you can get some drugs first.
I have two thirds of a design degree. Product design and theory. I am a builder. I make things. I re-design systems, processes and architecture. I speak my mind. And swear too often. None of these things I do by choice.
I think for myself.
Those last two, I probably do by choice.
Don’t you think the picture of the brain at right is a little simple? It reminds me of … well … really horrible science that was completely flawed. ((Image courtesy of the National Institute on Drug Abuse of USA by the way!!!!…damn…))
Addictive personality? Well.. What makes a personality?
This thinking lead me to start thinking of my drug addiction as being able to be dealt with by social issues changing and more interactions of a like minded group. I was looking at what caused my addictions. I am big on the ace-score thing (click here) and then started thinking about anti social community structures increasing addiction potential (and therefore all mental health disorders…..)
I stumbled over the rat story. Ever since then I have been sending the links to everyone. And everyone is sending them to everyone. This is great, this is an example of positive and creative endeavour. Now, if you could please get the assholes who indoctrinate the CADS psych people to read it and buy a few books (see below)……
Bruce Alexander (click here) and his friend Dr. Gabor Maté (click here) are great helps. I hope to create a word chart of these processes at a later point in time. Last time I did one of these it took many people with PHD’s and many more without to convince me to limit the scope. It got my two friends at university extra credits.
I am very ADhD tended with chronic pain issues. This is not an easy thing to prescribe for when combined with addiction. Have a look at the titles of some of the books on offer, all Canadian best-sellers, include:
- Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder* (1999)
- When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress** (2004)
- Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers (2005), co-written with Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D
- In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction (2009). Recipient of the 2009 Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction.
I would have a hard time re-writing anything these two have said. Just read the opening page of Bruce Alexander’s Globalization of Addiction Website
Global society is drowning in addiction to drug use and a thousand other habits. This is because people around the world, rich and poor alike, are being torn from the close ties to family, culture, and traditional spirituality that constituted the normal fabric of life in pre-modern times. This kind of global society subjects people to unrelenting pressures towards individualism and competition, dislocating them from social life.
People adapt to this dislocation by concocting the best substitutes that they can for a sustaining social, cultural and spiritual wholeness, and addiction provides this substitute for more and more of us.
History shows that addiction can be rare in a society for many centuries, but can become nearly universal when circumstances change – for example, when a cohesive tribal culture is crushed or an advanced civilisation collapses. Of course, this historical perspective does not deny that differences in vulnerability are built into each individual’s
genes, individual experience, and personal character, but it removes individual differences from the foreground of attention, because societal determinants are so much more powerful. Addiction is much more a social problem than an individual disorder.
So, with my two thirds design degree I figured I would design some sociable housing. Not in the sense of National Government excuse for more urban sprawl (think Porirua in 1975!) but in the sense of community housing that encourages social interactions.
But first I want to spend some time with my sister who is coming back from England with cancer. I had better give up drugs. OH SHIT, she is back on Monday? Bugger me. Okay then. And it turns out she was very very ill. I spent some great times with her, but was up 24/7 for days on end looking after her and looking after my car, my income, my drugs. I didn’t tell her about this, but we had some excellent little chats about death, drugs and how shit New Plymouth is. She died holding my hand with Mum and best friend one week later.
Figure I will give up anyway.
My old thoughts of “I have given up giving up” have no meaning to me anymore. I am seriously not happy with things the way they are. I went to Aussie to work last year and spent a month withdrawing and working then. Sucker for punishment. Older and wiser. Less willing to spend weeks going through pain. Maybe there is a cheap tattooist nearby who will needs pracrise for a month?!
Cross reference “sucker for punishment”, “addiction”, “ace score” and spend a month proving what everyone knows deep down to be true.
Then add in the social model mix. Then maybe blame it all on punk rock anyway.
Now, I am confused. This is going to be interesting.
I have a new project. Give up drugs as good as I can whilst researching the same and keeping a *completely open mind* to all avenues. Then try to make sense of the resulting information and use it to slap CAD people around the head with.
SO WHAT TO DO ABOUT ALL THIS?
Being a late starter, and very sans-scholarly with it, I can merely copy something written by Stephen Bamber and wish that my head clears from its drug induced stupor one of these days…
A few of years ago something strange started to happen in the UK.
A number of different voices from various pockets of society began to query the effectiveness of the UK’s drug treatment strategy. Simply put, a whole bunch of people began to ask the same question: “Couldn’t we be doing things better?”
These voices of dissent – coming from different directions and with contrasting priorities, motives and moods – made themselves heard above the noise and chatter of everyday alcohol and drug treatment colloquies.
Some voices were those of parents or carers concerned by the lack of progress being made by their loved ones in treatment. Some voices were political; querying the incumbent administration’s policies, demanding justiﬁcation for an expanding treatment budget associated with seemingly poor outcomes. Other voices were those of practitioners frustrated by the increasing amount of time they were spending on paperwork and data collection rather than working directly with clients. Others were from academia who challenged the legitimacy of established truths of drug treatment, others still those of activists and a small number of vocal recovery advocates: the grass-roots of social 1change who (echoing the resistance of those in earlier mental health recovery movements) highlighted a destructive imbalance in the dynamic of power in the professional/ client relationship. Independently and then collectively these voices asked: “Couldn’t we be doing things better?”
Wrote a book “romancing opiates” that you’ll just have to read yourself. But about the only thing in the whole book I agree with him on is that the current model of addict and health care does not work. They don’t want you free of drugs. They want you on methadone, at high doses, and no longer being a concern. Put you in a box, give you a subsidised house, methadone and forget about you. Easy for them. Please note, Theodore is not his real name. He uses it to hide from pissed of junkies.
My own words would be more along the lines of –
The guys at the top don’t listen and want to know. The consumers are just liars.
The idea of putting anyone with any problem on strong, highly addictive medication and them making them pick it up a set time and place is worse than Britain giving China an opium addiction or the president of America being so scared of blacks uprising he made ghettos full of heroin. WAKE UP NZ. They are shafting us.
The monkey bosses at the top of the tree look down and see nothing but smiling faces.
The monkeys at the bottom of the tree look up and see nothing but assholes.
THOUGHT OF MY DAY
The only way to get free smack habits and colour tv’s is to get 5,000 militants, 10,000 activists and 85,000 followers and then tell the government what you have. They will instantly start a war in some heroin growing part of the world and give us all plasma 50 inch TV’s, Playstation Fours and all you can eat heroin for the next four years.
– Me. 2013.06.07
My thinking sub sexions…
- Drugs aren’t the problem (very early after jumping off over 50mg’s of methadone a day)
- ADhD – Scattered Minds (first time looking at someone else with ADhD and comparing it to myself)
- Cancer is not Addiction (In answer to N.A claims addiction is a disease)
- N.A a Social Contagion? (In answer to N.A rocket scientists)