I really don’t get it. Instead of rationalizing addiction as a naturally-occurring lack of endogenous opioids and then justifying various forms of artificial dopamine as effective treatment because we are such poor, innocent victims of a blameless disease, here’s a novel idea:
Get used to less dopamine.
Why are drug addicts and alcoholics somehow entitled to be treated with more euphoria, as if it isn’t our preoccupation with physical and mental climax that got us into trouble to begin with?
I don’t get it.
Why not simply get used to a more human amount of dopamine?
I’ve read stuff by some of these poor parents on other blogs who discuss the latest propaganda delivered by psychiatrists and behavioral neuroscientists. They believe their sons and daughter are innocent “victims” of an organic “lack of endogenous opioids” and that the poor little things are shooting dope in a desperate attempt to address “legitimate” mental health issues?
Sorry, but that is insane. This kind of thinking is removed from reality.
Most people don’t really believe that, do they? So wait, let me get this straight, we addicts legitimately need opiates because we are suffering from a lack of opiates, which causes us to suffer mentally. Please. First, I think I know what my problem is. Second, I definitely know that I don’t need more opiates, but hey, you can tell yourself anything you want in an effort to justify the selfish and deranged behavior of an addict.
First of all, there is no rationale or justification for anybody to use heroin, regardless of how f***ed your brain might be. Using hard drugs is wrong. Everybody knows that. And if you have lost control, using any mood-altering substance is wrong (yes, including pot, though I’d be over the moon if the new marxist generation of stoned college kids simply stopped whining for stuff to be forcibly taken from others and engaged in something we like to call “a job.” Sorry guys, there is no such thing as free stuff. Anything you get for free is taken from the few people still working in the private sector. If you want something, like a college degree, work for it, like everybody else. You don’t consciously buy something and then complain about paying for it afterwards, especially if you indebted yourself to buy it. And if and when you leave the cushy college bubble, you will eventually realize that not everything is a social issue. If and when you finally grow up and enter the real world, it is then and only then that your real education will begin. All I know is there is no way in hell I’m paying 400k for my children to engage in 4 years of self-hatred and then leave essentially brainwashed, thinking I’m evil, and without a single, functional skill set, let alone a drop of financial IQ. Oh and btw, ‘micro-aggressions’ don’t exist, so when the civil unrest begins, look no further than the mirror when looking for someone to blame for intolerance and division. Much of the violence and hatred we see out there emanates from those who will only tolerate others who agree with them about everything and see the world exactly as they do, even if they’re wrong. Vehemently rejecting any debate or difference of opinion whatsoever is much closer to the “facism” that you so zealously oppose. More specifically, the fundamentalism with which you and your loony tune professors approach certain ideas and theories runs contrary to rigorous and objective academic exploration).
At any rate, this is the very last message on earth you want to send addicts and alcoholics: that your body is wired to need drugs and therefore it’s okay to use. Regardless of how educated one may be, you have to be bit touched to believe or endorse such a theory.
Furthermore, this sort of approach prevents real recovery. Navigating life and the world with artificial amounts of dopamine is not real life. Dealing with life on life’s terms is real life, and therefore real recovery.
Why are we entitled to have maximum comfort simply because we molded ourselves into drug addicts? Why not simply embrace the reality of being a human being? Wouldn’t getting used to less dopamine bring about a more fundamental and lasting recovery? Where did this degenerate notion come from, that addicts constitutionally need more dopamine and therefore we should give it to them?
Fact: They don’t need more dopamine, they WANT more dopamine.
We want more dopamine because when you use drugs, you are literally flooding your CNS with pleasure and relief (i.e. euphoria). Naturally, the removal of such ridiculous amounts of artificial relief will create some whining and moaning, but trust me, this is good for addicts. It’s okay to suffer a little bit. It’s good for us, and in fact, it is the trick to recovery – to be okay with normal amounts of dopamine, i.e. to experience the entire spectrum of human life/emotions and continue to do what we need to do. Why are we pumping the false notion that addicts are somehow unique and shouldn’t have to walk through discomfort like the other 7 billion people on Earth?
The key to maladies such as addiction and depression is simple:
Don’t let your feelings stop you.
Don’t let your feelings stop you from doing what you need to do, from doing the right thing, from going to work. Feelings are not gonna kill you. In fact, the more you move through them, the more action you take and the busier you get, the more the depression will dissipate. We get stuck when we stop, cower and retreat into our comfort zones.
As far as drug and alcohol addiction go, the more you reach out and step outside of yourself, the more you will come to naturally repel drugs and alcohol. You will be lifted up spiritually, in the real way, and will seek real strength and real peace as opposed to the phony, manufactured comfort of drugs, alcohol, synthetic dopamine and other toxic science projects.
Sorry, but we shouldn’t let the current thinking about addiction devolve into absolute nonsense. Nobody just wakes up one day and they are suddenly a fully blown addict with no control over their drinking or using. That is ridiculous. You have to use and drink quite a bit in order to to officially break your body and develop the physical allergy. The process of losing choice is indeed very much a choice. That is the truth, so please, let us see addiction as it is, not as you want it to be.