drug epidemic

Egomaniac with an inferiority complex!

"Egomaniac with an inferiority complex" is a phrase that tends to describe the psychological make up of many addicts and alcoholics, in active addiction and in recovery. It is a phrase that articulates both the cause of drug and alcohol addiction and the resistant and defiant element to recovery and transformation. It is a phrase that if unpacked can give us a clue to the real solution to drug and alcohol addiction, including and especially to the current drug epidemic.

The ego is that part of the addict and alcoholic that pretends, pretends that they know, pretends that they have it together, pretends that what matters is looking good, pretends that they do not have an self esteem issue, pretends that they have good self esteem, pretends that the problem is about the drugs and alcohol and not them. The ego usually comes back into control when the addict or alcohol starts to feel better physically, after detox or discharge from a residential treatment program.

The inferiority complex reveals to us the true cause of drug and alcohol addiction. The inferior complex is all about the existence of a negative self image and poor self esteem, the driving force behind and the fundamental cause of a person using drugs and alcohol. Created by Dr. Alfred Adler, a peer of Dr. Carl Jung, the inferiority complex tends to get suppressed or denied especially as the individual leaves detox and starts to feel better physically.

However, soon after the ego takes back control of the addict's or alcoholic's life, the thoughts and especially feelings from the inferiority complex start to drift back into the conscious life of the individual. Unable and ill equipped from their tour in a residential treatment program the addict and alcoholic starts to feel overwhelmed from the depressed and anxious feelings that are emerging and the cravings to use start back again. Ignorant to the process of how to heal oneself, the individual tends to use again, starting the cycle over once more.

It is only by exploring the suppressed, negative thoughts of their self image and the addict's and alcoholic's story that is generated from their inferiority complex, that the individual will have a chance of transforming his life and ending his addiction to drugs and alcohol. The ego is an unhealthy defense mechanism whose purpose is to reduce the anxiety and depression created by the individual's negative self image and poor self esteem. In the end, the ego attempts to cover up the true cause of addiction from the addict and alcoholic, again another pretending.

The only path that will bring true recovery and transformation is to talk about the anxiety and depression, to help the addict and alcoholic to become present their inferiority complex and help them to transform it. Repressing the inferiority complex more with the ego, pretending that it does not exist, will not make it go away. The inferiority complex will continue to push to be revealed in order to be healed. If the addict and alcoholic does not deal with the inferiority complex in a healthy manner, it will deal with the addict and alcoholic in a unhealthy and potentially deadly manner.

Dr. Harry Henshaw

We don't know anything!

It appears as though the Miami Dade County School Board is doing the same thing as what happened in Oklahoma earlier this year. The Dade County School Board "has filed a federal lawsuit against more than a dozen corporations that manufacture or distribute opioids, claiming that the nation’s fourth largest school district should be compensated for the money it has spent battling the “worst man-made epidemic in modern medical history.”

As we know we are in the midst of the country's worse drug epidemic ever. Absolutely nothing has helped to resolve or even slow down the negative effects, and especially the deaths, from drug overdoes. For the most part, there is a sense of helplessness and fear that exists in our society with respect to this epidemic. Everything that has been attempted to combat the epidemic has failed miserably. The efforts of those who say they understand the cause of addiction and especially our treatment industry has been completely ineffective.

Big Pharma is now considered by many to be the real cause of the drug epidemic. As a result of this idea, it is believed that by suing the pharmaceutical companies that the real cause of addiction can be attacked at its source and a resolution achieved in court. It is my opinion that not only will this type of strategy not work at achieving its objectives but will in fact reinforce the fundamental nature of the drug epidemic itself. This type of situation tends to happen when one system in our society attempts to compensate for the inept and incompetent nature of another.

It is my opinion that the legal remedy that is now being sought will do two very detrimental things with respect to the drug epidemic. First it will reinforce the already existing belief that addicts and alcoholics are merely poor victims and that they are not responsible for their condition. Second, by continuing to focus on something external to the addict and alcoholic we will not use our collective energy to focus on the addict and alcoholic himself. It is my belief that the root cause of addiction is internal to the addict and not something happening outside of him.

I will reiterate again, we need a Paradigm Shift with respect to drug and alcohol addiction. We simply do not have an adequate understanding of what drug and alcohol addiction is all about. Many pretend that they know but the truth is that they do not. When we are unable to move from a theoretical perspective of a disorder to effective treatment modalities for that condition the most likely suspect is our understanding of the problem. However, we do what many individuals who could be characterized as being insane do. We continue to do the same thing over and over expecting a different result.

Unfortunately our resistance to change, coupled with a great deal of arrogance, makes us complicit in our collective malady. Stated simply, many individuals are dying and will continue to die because of our ignorance. When are we going to wake up to the truth? When are we going to admit that we do not understand what addiction is all about? When are we going to admit that we need to shift our efforts to find resolution to this terrible social condition back to its source and not continue to look in the wrong place and ask the wrong questions? When are we going to admit that addiction has nothing to do with the drugs?

Dr. Harry Henshaw