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Pill-Popping Problems

pill-popping-problemThere was a time when every little anxiety, sadness or even really good mood wasn’t considered a “problem.” As time has gone on, medications have been a “go-to” when people don’t feel well. Anxious? Take a pill. Headache? Take a pill. Depressed? Take a pill. In a really good mood all time? Yeah, that’s a problem, take a pill! The ups, the downs, the good times and bad times can all have some disorder and medication attached to them. There’s a medication for everything these days. No matter what the problem, yep, there’s a pill for that!

Kids aren’t free to be kids anymore. Most kids have tons of spastic energy and would much rather be running around and playing outside with their friends. Furthermore, when kids are having trouble, not feeling well or are unhappy, no investigation is done to find out why.  Here is an all-too familiar situation:

Teacher Mrs. Jones notices that Joey is gazing out the window during class and not paying attention. She gets Joey “tested” by the school doctor or social worker.


She can also have a conference with Joey’s parents and urge them to take him to a doctor to get him tested and medicated.

That’s laughable. Yeah, they can totally give him medication to help with that; Ritalin. For those who are completely unaware of what Ritalin is, the chemical is Methylphenidate, which has similar effects to cocaine and methamphetamine. That’s right, give Joey a little “legal speed” and he’ll pay attention all day, love school and get great grades.

What this actually accomplishes is it teaches Joey, at a young age, that if he ever has any problem, any discomfort, that taking a drug is the answer. Does anyone else think this is a bit ridiculous? No one has thought to try and figure out the reason Joey is distracted and staring out the window instead of paying attention in class.

Maybe he had a fight with his parents and is upset.

Maybe his parents are fighting and about to get a divorce.

Maybe Joey doesn’t sleep well at night.

Maybe Joey is getting bullied.

Often his diet is full of sugar, making him over-active and distracted.

No one has cared to ask any questions. Instead, his teachers say:

“He can’t pay attention and surely has ADHD and needs to get on medication to help with it.”

If his teacher, guidance counselor or principal took the time to try and get to the real reason Joey can’t pay intention in class, he might have been spared being put on hardcore drugs as a solution to his inattention.

Unfortunately, the same scene is occurring with drug addiction. Most people either in the addiction field or the addicts themselves are made to believe that addiction is a mental and spiritual “disease” to which there is no hope of a cure. When addicts enroll in a drug rehab program, they are most often told that they have co-occurring mental illness, which requires more drugs in the way of psychiatric medications.

There are a few things that can cause mental and emotional discomfort that rehab physicians and counselors never look at. For instance, toxicity in the body can cause a person to feel sluggish, have low-energy where it’s hard to even get out of bed, mental cloudiness, drug cravings and poor physical health.

Drug residues apparently get lodged in the fatty tissues of the body and get re-released into the system during periods of stress or exercise. Basically, anytime a person burns fat, which is anytime their heartrate increases, these residues go back into circulation, causing the person to re-experience the effects of the drugs they’ve taken, even years after stopping. Also, a person’s diet and level of exercise also plays a part. Food allergies regularly cause mental distress. While a person may not be so allergic to milk that they get horrible stomach aches, they may be allergic enough to where it causes them to feel depressed, sad or anxious.  According to a well-known doctor, Dr. McDougall

“In some people anxiety, depression, and fatigue are caused by allergic reactions to foods. The most common causes of food allergies are dairy products, followed by eggs”.

In mainstream drug treatment, no effort is put towards finding out why a person has turned to drugs or why drugs became their only solution to life’s problems. There are underlying reasons to addiction and they are not because the person is “diseased” and requires more drugs.

There are many other “why’s” that a person becomes an addict and stays an addict and it’s surely not mental illness. Unfortunately, mainstream drug and alcohol treatment doesn’t put forth any effort to figure it out. And why would they when it’s easier to medicate addicts, tell them they’re diseased and there’s essentially no hope in ever being “normal.”

A little enlightenment can go a long way. Not every up and down in life is a “mental illness” and requires more drugs. Life is full of good times and bad times, times of heartache and times of sheer joy. And in no way is that indicative of “mental illness.” If no one has said this out loud before, let it be known that addiction can be handled; that there is hope and there are actual reasons behind a person’s addiction. If these underlying causes are accurately identified and handled, a person can then live a normal life, free of cravings and free of their addiction without needing to take drugs, alcohol or psychiatric medication.

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