Letter To The Editor

The problems of drugs and addiction are not new. In fact, they have been around for many centuries, long before we had the Food and Drug Administration, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the American Medical Association or the multi-billion dollar per year industry of pharmaceuticals. However, even with these watchful and protective agencies, the problem of drug addiction appears to be worse than ever before, so much to the point that many people have gone into complete apathy over the subject of “The War on Drugs.”
The timeline of the problem seems to have escalated when alcoholism and drug addiction were labeled a disease some fifty years ago and complicated through ever-increasing types of diagnoses, and of course, the new medications to go with them as the latest treatment. Not only are millions of people told that it’s not their fault, but many are given another drug to treat some of the symptoms from their addiction, such as an anti-anxiety, anti-depressant or anti-psychotic medication, which only complicates the problem even more and also makes the person less capable of being himself again.
This has become such the norm that any person or program attempting to rehabilitate an individual using simple approaches, without using other drugs, and getting the person to take responsibility for his condition is actually thought of as weird or is scrutinized by those that have created the current mainstream idea of treatment.
Though there may be many contributing factors, the problem started with the person’s decision to take a drug to solve a problem. Therefore, the solution is for the person to recognize that fact and then decide to take responsibility for it, which may include using helpful tools to assist them in the process of becoming drug-free, such as a true rehabilitation program. One set of tools is part of the Narconon drug rehabilitation and education program (www.stopaddiction.com), which is based on discoveries by American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard and achieves an incredibly high success rate for ending addiction. The program is not considered traditional treatment with new drugs and diagnoses, thankfully, but an opportunity for a person to once again be free from the downward spiral of addiction.
In today’s society, an individual ought to be able to think and find out for himself. Our country was founded on freedoms and individual rights and rebelled against those that tried to impose or enforce ideas and customs upon us, why should it be different with drug addiction?

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