In order to cure drug abuse, you have to get to the cause.
What Causes Drug Addiction?
First, let’s talk about what doesn’t cause drug addiction–the drug itself. The primary problem with pain management in the US today is the erroneous presumption that opiates create addiction. This is the basis for the disease model of addiction that became popular in the 20th century. An excerpt from Target: Pain Doc states: “In this model, tolerance, withdrawal, and craving are thought to be properties of particular drugs, and sufficient use of these substances is believed to give the organism no choice but to behave in these stereotypical ways.” This view of drug addiction is reflected in the policies of the War on Drugs, started with President Nixon in 1971. However, even with all the government focus on cutting back on prescriptions of controlled drugs, addiction has quadrupled in the last 10 years.
The disease model makes two claims:
1. Most people who use opiates become addicted.
2. The addiction is caused by exposure to the drug.
However, history shows otherwise. The use of opiates in the United States and England during the 19th century was greater than it is now, but the incidence of dependence and addiction never reached one percent of the population and was declining by the end of the century. Today, in spite of all the money allocated by the government to control drug availability, the rate of consumption is higher than ever.
The real causes of addiction are toxicity leading to luetism, anxiety, and living conditions causing despair. Most Americans are toxic, with toxicity increasing because of lifestyle and the acidifying diet. Therefore, many Americans are already in the initial homeopathic terrain for the development of addiction. Stress creates acidity which increases toxicity. So if there is stress in a person’s life, he is more likely to become addicted. Who among us has a life free of stress? And what does stripping a person who has pain of his pain medication do to his stress level? So one cause of drug addiction is government policy. And finally, living conditions. The areas highest hit with addiction to pharmaceutical drugs are areas of limited income, and very little future for people to improve their lives. Drugs, when introduced, take away the problems faced day to day. It is not unexpected, then, that these people would look for the escape from a pill every day.
The physical withdrawal of the opiate once addicted could be overcome if the main causes were addressed–get rid of toxicity, reduce stress, and make it possible for people to improve their living conditions, not with handouts, but with work.
Do some drugs contribute more to a person’s addictive potential than others? Yes. The problem is that the government is targeting the wrong drugs. They have caused so much fear among doctors for prescribing long acting drugs, and have ignored all the prescriptions of short acting drugs. However, the potential to increase euphoria, and therefore reinforce any addictive tendencies in a person increases with two characteristics of a drug–how fast the drug reaches concentation in the blood, and how fast it leaves. Quick in and quick out stimulates the brain to 1. Like what is sees, and 2. Want more. So the addictive potency is inversely related to the half life of the drug and the time to reach peak plasma concentration. Peak plasma concentration is achieved in 5 doses of a drug. So the fewer doses per day equals less addiction potency. Lortab and roxycodone both have a product of 120 (4h x 30h). Oxycontin’s is 240 and methadone’s is 900. So the government policy of driving doctors to using short acting opiates is creating more addiction potential.
Minimizing the Risk of Addiction in Pain Patients
First, let’s admit to the facts. Are pain patients more at risk than the average population to have addiction potential? Yes, especially with the current government policies of closing down doctors all over the country indiscriminately, throwing patients in pain on to the streets for treatment. That act alone increases stress, increases toxicity, and decreases living conditions through the exorbitant cost of treatment on the street.
Do pain patients have avenues to help themselves prevent addiction? Yes. Follow the Seven Steps to Healing to detoxify. Alkalinize your diet. Stay away from sugar, tobacco, and alcohol–all substances with extremely high addictive potential. And use whatever techniques you can to reduce stress, including gigong or EFT. Remember, addiction is internally caused, not externally from a pill.
Treatment for Withdrawal
If you suddenly find yourself without pain medication, having physical symptoms of withdrawal, there are two good treatments to help
- Cleansing. Hopefully you are already on a good cleansing regimen such as that described in the Seven Steps to Healing. If so, withdrawal is probably already reduced. But there is one more addition—Scorbatate is an alkaline form of Vitamin C sold by Seroyal. Vitamin C helps the body eliminate the toxicity on the brain from the drugs, reducing the withdrawal. This has to be in high dose, so regular Vitamin C won’t work. To get the dose high enough would create uncomfortable acidity. Use Scorbatate and take 1000 gms up to 5 times per day.
- Auricular Therapy.There are 7 points on the ear that are used to treat withdrawal, 2 more than the usual NADA points, adding anxiety point and happiness center. You can use pressure on the point yourself, while a doctor would use acupuncture needles. Acupressure isn’t as good, but better than nothing.
Notice the points that energetically treat addiction are the points of detox (liver, lung, kidney) and the points of relieving stress. This adds evidence to our claim of the causes of addiction.
Definitions you should be familiar with:
Narcotic: Narcotic is a legal term used by law enforcement. Usually they lump all scheduled drugs into this broad category. The term has a lot of negative stigmas. Try to avoid using the term “narcotic” when referring to pain medications.
Opiate: Derived naturally from the opium poppy. The only opiates are morphine and codeine.
Opioid: Synthetically derived medications that act similar to morphine. This is your major category of pain meds. It includes hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone, hydromorphone, and others. This is the more proper name to use when discussing pain medications.
Dependence: Physical dependence is the body’s adaptation to a substance used long term. When the substance is stopped, there are symptoms of withdrawal. Many non-controlled drugs create dependence. However, the conventional medical community has created a stigma with this word to generally refer to controlled drugs.
Tolerance: More drug is needed to achieve the same effect. The medical model of drug addiction believes that tolerance is an inherent property of the drug. We says that it is the effect of not treating the cause of the problem—ie, the body screams louder that something is not right. Tolerance doesn’t just happen with scheduled drugs, but even blood pressure, diabetes, or depression medication. Toxicity also leads to tolerance. Fibromyalgial patients require high doses of most medications to achieve effect.
Addiction: Compulsive use of drugs for nonmedical reasons, characterized by a craving for mood altering drug effects, not pain relief. Addiction means dysfunctional behaviors that are harmful to the person doing them but they do them anyway.
Pseudo-addiction: Behaviors simulating addiction such as hoarding, early refills, or requests for more medication when the real problem is inadequate pain relief.
Seven Steps to Healing Program available NOW!!!
We have a program for drug abuse that we are happy to bring to you. From an individual to a group,Linda can lead you through the Seven Steps to Healing to achieve a change from the luetic, drug-abusing miasm to a heathy, active miasm. The program can be introductory for a week, and then the person can continue on their own with personal weekly tie-ins through a webinar with Linda, or if a group of people are involved, the program can go on for up to a month. It is purely your choice as client.
This program is one which can be used to develop drug abuse centers that actually heal the cause of drug abuse, based on the Seven Steps to Healing. It would be a great opportunity for prior drug abusers to become entrepreneurs in a business of their own. It would also be good for felons to develop a business for self-employment. If you are interested in setting up a Seven Steps to Healing clinic in your area, please contact us.
This program would also be good for courts to consider instead of putting drug abusers in prison. If you or someone you know is facing such punishment for something they do not have control of, nor will be fixed with a prison sentence, tell the courts in your area about the Seven Steps to Healing, and give them the URL.