I belong to a lot of addiction support groups and information sources online. Not just for the support from other recovering addicts, but so I can educate myself on my disease, and maybe help someone else to understand this thing. I’m always shocked though, at some of the comments people leave about us addicts. Most of the comments are too ridiculous to even warrant a response. These are a few of the more common ones that I think need some explanation though.
1. “Heroin addicts have to want help, and they don’t seem to want it”
Problem 1: It’s not that they don’t want help, of course they do, no one wants to live that life. The issue is that, those times when the addict is READY for help, and is ready to go to treatment, that window of opportunity is a short one. If you don’t get the addict in treatment within that window, the disease kicks back in and they’re back off and running to the dope man’s house.
Problem 2: I’ve known a ton of junkies, and I honestly can’t think of one that had health insurance, unless it was a single mother. With no insurance, and no money, finding a drug rehab is nearly impossible.
But, let’s suppose you do happen to find a drug treatment center that will take you on a grant of some sort. You can expect a few months wait. They put you on a waiting list and say they’ll call if a bed comes open sooner. You just have to hope that, when that call comes, that the addict still has some of that clarity and desire. If he’s not ready to pack a bag and go right then, they go to the next person on the list, and the cycle starts over.
Making drug treatment more easily accessible is a must, if we’re going to help the shifts that big pharma has already created. An article I wrote recently explains how I propose that this is paid for. “Whats first in the battle on opiate addiction?”
2. “It’s not a disease, it’s a choice”
I’ve often wondered when exactly it is that people think we made a choice to become junkies? I can’t speak for everyone, but I know no one ever asked me anything, no choice was made. So if you don’t know you’re making a choice, how can you be hated for the outcome?
The way I see it, I’ve only made three choices in my addiction.
1. To take a pain pill for a toothache in 2001.
2. To stop putting quarters in the ass kicking machine, and get clean.
3. And now, I make a choice everyday to stay clean.
You may not agree with the scientific facts of addiction, but they’re still facts. Science has now proved a connection between addiction and genetics. If you’ve not heard of this, please do some reading on the DRD2 A1 Allele Gene.
3. “It’s parenting”
I’ve known a lot of addicts that came from great families, great childhood’s, great parents, they’re now dead from a heroin overdose. I’ve also know people that had horrible childhood’s, horrible patents, and they’ve never used a drug.
Yes, the environment you’re raised in can effect your chances of abusing drugs, but it’s not a definite. Bad parenting, and the resulting depression or other mental illness that it causes, then increases a persons chances of abusing drugs.
4. “If they educated themselves on the meds before using them, they wouldn’t get addicted”
I started in 2001 with a couple pain pills for a toothache. In 2001, according to the FDA (due to the lies they were told by big pharma), there was little to no chance of addiction. So even if i had read up on the pills first, I would have been under the impression that they were safe. Like this commercial from Purdue Pharma, the makers of Oxycontin, in 1998.
Today, people are more aware, but the snowball is already rolling down the hill. It’s picked up so much speed and gotten so large that we’re almost powerless to stop it.
5. “I have no sympathy for junkies”
Simply put, that’s fine, we’re not after anyone’s sympathy. You don’t have to run out and hug an addict, but don’t go out and kick one while he’s down either.
6. “I’ve been on pain meds for 20yrs, and I’m not addicted”
Stop taking them for 24hrs and then ask yourself again if you think you’re addicted or not. You may take them just as prescribed, which is great, but that doesn’t mean that you aren’t physically addicted to, or won’t get addicted to opiates.
If for some reason your doctor happened to discontinue your prescription for pain meds, you’d be forced to find them somewhere. After awhile, buying them on the street becomes so expensive, that heroin starts sounding like a better and better option as time goes by, simply as a means of maintaining, nothing more. Without the opiates, you cannot function, and life doesn’t stop, so you do what you have to do. And that’s the beginning of the end.
6. “Just stop doing heroin”
This one is always my favorite lol. Probably posted by some guy sitting there chain smoking and drinking their 8th beer for the evening.