We must stop blaming others for the drug epidemic that our society is currently experiencing.
It is not the physicians, or even the drug dealers, that are the cause of the problem.
The cause of the problem is not even the drugs. It never has been and never will be.
Blaming people, places or things will not help us to find the true cause, and without the true cause we cannot reach real solutions. Searching for people to blame keeps us from asking the right questions, and allows individuals to hide from their personal responsibility.
So how do we ask the right questions?
1. Asking the right questions requires us to change our point of reference and focus of inquiry. The right questions need to go deep, not broad. We need to be asking why that addict (the addict in us, in our friends, in our family, etc.) wants to use.
It is not the supply but rather the demand that continues to keep the problem present in our lives. The demand is only to be found within the individual.
Both NA and AA support this assumption.
2. The right questions come from looking at the individual. When we begin to explore his/her thoughts and feelings of value and worth as a human being we gain insight why the demand exists. It is only then that we will begin to obtain a true and lasting solution to the drug epidemic.
Drug and alcohol addiction is at its core a serious self-esteem issue, that sense of an inferiority complex that is occasionally spoken of in the program and within our recovery community. The feelings and thoughts that people have about being inferior and not good enough is the foundation of drug and alcohol addiction.
It seems that the drug and alcohol industry is paying little attention to the true nature and cause of the problem that our country is now experiencing and the growing number of deaths associated with. The cause, and therefor solution, need to be found within.
At Enhanced Healing Wellness Center the transformation of self-esteem is fundamental to the programming that is provided to the addict or alcoholic in the outpatient programs and as we believe it is necessary to their successful recovery.
Dr. Harry Henshaw