The fourth comment from the Substance Abuse & Addiction Perception Survey makes three (3) statements with which I have issues:
- “Alcohol and drug use will absolutely lead to and further the development of psychosis”
- “Careful with the God bull. People lose responsibility for this life and think the next fictitious life will be better.”
- “Most 12-steps foster stupidity and they are only 30% effective.”
The entire statement from the survey response is below:
“Alcohol and drug use will absolutely lead to and further the development of psychosis. According to the research I read, and the brain scans I’ve seen show that continued use will definitely lead to psychosis. Not if, but when. Another study showed that many addicts are severely abberrated before they start drug use. Many people choose the bliss of addiction. GMO should be used to help correct these issues, not messing with our food. Also believe, most addiction, and mental disease is a nutritional as well as a psychological problem. Careful with the God bull. People lose responsibility for this life and think the next fictitious life will be better. Silent suicidal. Check out Lawton’s 30 Days to Sobriety her hit ratio is in the 90% range, other stuff around 30%. Most 12-steps foster stupidity and they are only 30% effective. Same as if people stop on their own. Maybe 5+/-% difference”
Now, in terms of the first statement, while Addiction does impair cognitive functioning, I don’t think it leads to psychosis, which is defined as, “A symptom or feature of mental illness typically characterized by radical changes in personality, impaired functioning, and a distorted or nonexistent sense of objective reality” (Online Medical Dictionary). While it might seem like Addiction fits the definition, if the Addiction (and underlying causes) heals, then the impairments go away. Psychosis is a separate disorder not characterized by another disorder. I think it’s dangerous to call Addicts, “psychotics,” as that will only further increase the shame involved in an addiction. I disagree with the statement; if there is evidence to suggest that an addict is more likely to develop Psychosis, I would love to review it.
The “God bull” statement bothers me. I don’t advocate for one religion or another, nor do I subscribe to any single religious tenet; however, I am certain that humanity in inherently spiritual in nature and that it is through our humanity that we express that spirituality. I realize that many people claim to be either agnostic or atheistic, but I question their claims when challenged. There’s an old saying, “There’s no such thing as an atheist in a foxhole” and I think that denying our spiritual nature leads to emotional psychological distress. In developing our spiritual nature, we find that living through faith, hope, and love is both comforting and rewarding. No one can say, with certainty, that there’s an afterlife (though some would argue that their faith provides that certainty); however, I think that without the connection to a higher power, we risk isolation and becoming the Kings or our empire. That mindset is the very one to which addicts are reduced. It’s important that we recognize that we are part of something much bigger than our own individual identity; otherwise, we become points of selfish focus. While I respect the opinion, I sense danger and risk in its implication that faith in God is Bull.
As for the 12-step comment, while I recognize that not everyone is a fit for 12-step protocol, I do not think they foster stupidity. 12-step programs do a great job of neutralizing the shame associated with Addiction, even if it’s only attributable to the sense of belonging. I think it’s a good thing to take a look at oneself, as 12-step programs ask their members, not just for recovery, but for a healthy life in general. As for the stated “30% effective” rate, if 30 people out of 100 are helped, then great! There’s some form of treatment for the other 70, but at least 30 people are healthier thanks to 12-step programs.
Many people may agree with the basic statements presented in the survey response, but I believe it’s my purpose to reduce the impact of those types of beliefs. Really, if you agree with the statement, then I’d really like to understand what you propose as solutions.