I want to write about pressing topics now and in future blog entries along with my standard inspirational fare.
My goal is to inform readers with solid information.
Hardly anyone else in society cares about those of us with mental health issues who have chronic conditions.
My aim is not to only focus on people who are capable of recovering fully. My goal is to also advocate for those of us who have it much harder in recovery.
I ask you: who really cares about any of us who have a diagnosis? I do care.
Years ago I read the David Scheff book Clean–an expose of the drug rehab treatment center industry.
The fact is drug rehab centers have bigger revolving doors than psych hospitals.
Drug rehab treatment centers aren’t licensed or regulated. Anyone who wants to can open a drug rehab center and collect money.
Are people revolving in and out of drug rehab centers because they’re too ill to stay clean?
More likely I think the drug rehab treatment center industry fails in helping the very people who need help.
On a New York City cable news channel there are commercials for a drug rehab treatment center. The actors who portray clients are always beautiful, photogenic people who are getting massages as part of their drug treatment.
This alarms me.
A New York Times article this month stated:
“A Surgeon General’s report in 2016 said that the younger people are when they start taking drugs, the more likely they are to become addicted long-term.”
In fact most street drug users don’t have fatal overdoses–they spend their whole lives battling an addiction with varying levels of success. They might have numerous overdoses over time.
Methadone and Buprenorphine can be effective treatment aids for combating heroin use. Yet for some reason they aren’t widely used even though they do help a lot of people.
John C. Norcross, the author of Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing Your Goals and Resolutions, stated in his book that plenty of people can and do overcome bad habits like drinking, drug use, overeating, and overspending by using the scientifically-proven 5-Step method for making changes by executing the 5 steps in the right order.
The Changeology method can be used at the same time as formal treatment.
There’s a book: Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Can Help People Change. It’s a guide for families to use motivational interviewing to help their loves ones stay clean.
In the book Clean David Scheff reports that upwards of 50 percent of the individuals diagnosed with bipolar have a co-occurring street drug addiction.
The biology of certain people can guarantee they’ll get addicted to street drugs as soon as they first start using them. This is what happened to David Scheff’s son.
If you’re curious about using street drugs I want to end this blog entry with one statement: it’s just too risky to try it especially when you have a mental health issue.
Again: I care about everyone living in recovery. Too many so-called normal people in society don’t care about mental health peers. They parrot over and over that no one can recover without trying to help people recover.
Only one thing is true: if you have a street drug use disorder it will be harder to recover from a mental health issue.
Please. It’s just too risky.